Hi Everyone! Over the past few months I have suffered with reoccurring throat ulcers and have now come down with tonsillitis (yay!). It is hard to know what is causing these for me because it is unknown what causes these types of infections; but here is a list of 5 tips and tricks to help avoid or treat the infection.
1. Citrus Fruits:
Fruits such as Lemons, Oranges and Limes can irritate the flesh on the inside of the mouth/throat, so these are best to be avoided. If they do not seem to be the causer then still go for them. However if you currently have the ulcer/infection then definitely avoid to ensure it doesn’t get any worse.
2. Brushing Teeth:
This one may seem obvious but keeping up a good dental hygiene is key. Using soft bristle brushes to avoid irritation or cutting the gum slightly that can let an infection in. If your toothpaste contains Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is the foaming agent in toothpaste but is otherwise a soft tissue irritant, then this could be the cause to your problem. Ensure you also use a medicated mouth wash (e.g. Corsodyl) to keep bacteria out!
3. Spicy Foods:
Like Citrus foods, spicy foods can also irritate the flesh on the inside of the mouth/throat. During the ulcer/throat infection spicy foods can be incredibly uncomfortable to eat and can aggravate it, making it worse for a longer period of time.
A deficiency in particular vitamins can cause ulcers such as: Iron, Zinc, Calcium B-3 (niacin), B-9 (folic acid), or B-12 (cobalamin). If you continually get ulcers around your menstrual cycle then this is most likely caused by lack of iron and zinc vitamins which you would loose at this time. To ensure that I get all my vitamins I take 1000 mg Vitamin C, Skin, Hair and Nails tablets, multivitamin tablets and a tonic which includes all the B vitamins. This may seem like a lot and it may well be but this is what seems to work to avoid the ulcers or not to let them get so aggressive.
5. Home Remedies
A few home remedies that you can try are: melted coconut oil with honey (both soothes and is antiseptic), applying ice or a small amount of milk of magnesia to the area or rinse your mouth through with some warm water with about a teaspoon of baking soda.
Do you suffer with ulcers much? If you do, have you got any other helpful tips?
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Love Becca x