What is the white stuff in a canker sore?

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asked Nov 26, 2022 in Body/Skin by check15th (720 points)
What is the white stuff in a canker sore?

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answered Nov 26, 2022 by Salmorejo (24,790 points)
The white stuff in a canker sore is a mixture of bacteria and white blood cells as well as some other fluids and is basically residue from bacteria and dead tissue.

The reason canker sores are so painful is because the canker sore is an injury to the sensitive tissue inside your mouth and because the digestive enzymes and acids in the mouth constantly flow over the open wound which causes the pain.

Or if you eat foods the food comes into contact with the canker sore and causes pain and irritation especially if the food contains salt.

You can help ease the pain and speed up the healing of the canker sore by rinsing your mouth out with some salt water or baking soda rinse.

Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda into 1/2 cup of warm water.

And rinse your mouth with it or even apply some of the mixture to the canker sore directly.

Also dabbing a small amount of milk of magnesia on the canker sore a few times a day can help ease the pain of the canker sore.

Clove oil is also another home remedy for treating canker sores.

Canker sores do not mean a virus although cold sores can mean a virus.

Canker sores are also called mouth ulcers and can result from irritation and certain foods that may have irritated the skin or even accidentally biting your lip.

And canker sores are not contagious and will go away within a week or two weeks with or without treatment.

You can apply some hydrogen peroxide to the canker sore to help it heal faster or even some mouthwash or use canker sore medicine.

Canker Sores are usually just a mouth ulcer and not a form of HPV.

Often there is no way to tell that you are infected with HPV. Infection may not cause any symptoms at all, or may cause simple mouth sores that resemble other forms of infection.

HPV most commonly appears as a wart, but it can have multiple appearances.

However, they are an outgrowth from the skin, whereas a canker sore is an ulcer, a hole in the lining of the mouth or tongue.

Mouth Ulcers can in rare cases be a sign of mouth cancer.

However in most cases mouth ulcers are not serious and are nothing to worry about.

Mouth cancer can develop in most parts of the mouth, including the lips, gums and occasionally the throat.

The most common symptoms of mouth cancer are: sore mouth ulcers that do not heal within several weeks.

unexplained, persistent lumps in the mouth that do not go away.

Mouth Ulcers also known as Canker Sores are most often caused by the following.

Accidentally biting the inside of your cheek.
Injury from a toothbrush (such as slipping while brushing).
Constant rubbing against misaligned or sharp/broken teeth.
Constant rubbing against dentures or braces.
Burns from eating hot food.

Stress or minor injury to the inside of the mouth is thought to be the cause of simple canker sores.

Certain foods including citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables (such as lemons, oranges, pineapples, apples, figs, tomatoes, strawberries)  can trigger a canker sore or make the problem worse.

Some ways to get rid of canker sores include gargling with salt water, gargling with apple cider vinegar, applying some hydrogen peroxide to the canker sore etc.

To help relieve pain and speed healing of a canker sore or mouth ulcer, consider these tips: Rinse your mouth.

Use salt water or baking soda rinse (dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 cup warm water).

Dab a small amount of milk of magnesia on your canker sore a few times a day.

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