Mouth ulcers or mouth ulcers are quite common in the population, but fortunately, nutritionist-dietitians can intervene in the management.
Women are more often affected than men. Mouth ulcers are white, yellow or grey blisters or bubbles surrounded by a reddish circle. They cause pain that may be aggravated by eating, drinking or talking. Most ulcers heal spontaneously in 7 to 14 days.
It is recommended to avoid hard/spicy/acidic/salty foods and gargle with salt water (or a commercial mouthwash specially designed for this purpose) to avoid pain from mouth ulcers. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for other alternatives.
To date, according to the scientific literature, there is no "miracle" recipe to prevent mouth ulcers. On the other hand, taking a vitamin and mineral supplement such as vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12 and folate, as well as iron, could help prevent recurrences.
On the food side, to reduce the risk of mouth ulcers, it is advisable to maintain a diet rich in folate and vitamin B12 and avoid foods that could trigger mouth ulcers. To do this, a diet by elimination or combination can help to get your hands on the food(s) that trigger(s) mouth ulcers.
This advice does not replace the advice of a doctor or pharmacist. If symptoms persist or worsen, you should promptly consult your doctor.
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