Many people confuse cold sores for canker sores. The following pictures are all of canker sores in the mouth. All cold sores occur somewhere in the oral area including the inside of the cheeks, the tongue, and the soft palate (roof of your mouth). If you do have a canker sore in the mouth, it is best to keep away from spicy foods and acidic foods (ie. fruits), because these can cause the cankers to get worse. Apply a home treatment for canker sores and call your doctor if your symptoms persist or become worse. Always call your physician if canker sores recur more than 2-3 times a year.
I just wanted to share my story, and hopefully will help someone. I religiously drank Bigelow Earl Grey tea from the age of 15. I suffered from canker sores from childhood, but around the same age, my canker sores increased. Doctors attributed the increased sores to puberty. They would last for 2 weeks+ and be so large or so many that I would fake "no voice" so I wouldn't have to speak, because it would be so painful. Finally at age 34, I decided to eliminate sugar from my diet and my tea drinking ceased, as did my canker sores. Eventually I returned to sugar and drinking tea and the sores returned. It took several times back and forth before I realized that it might be the bergamont oil in the tea that might be an irritant. I can drink other Bigelow black teas without issue. I can still get a canker sore from trauma, if I bite my lip, but it only lasts a few days and does not cause as much pain.
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