Archive for March, 2009

Treatment of Mouth Ulcer

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The mouth should be regularly rinsed with iced water to get relief from the ulcers. Washing the mouth prior to meals also helps to a larger extent. Sometimes painkillers can also be taken. People prefer for some home remedies to get rid of the common mouth ulcers.

Antibiotics are administered in case of severe mouth ulcers. But medicines should be given only on the recommendation of the doctor. In case of severe mouth ulcers sometimes local anesthesia is given. Intake of hot food and spicy food should be avoided as it might aggravate the situation. Rubbing the ulcers with hand should be avoided as it might spread the infection.

The mouth ulcers are a result of minor internal injuries. These are caused due to accidental biting of the inner portion of the mouth. Rough toothbrushes are also responsible for the development of mouth ulcers.

Sometimes they are the result of bacterial infection. Anti-bacterial mouthwash can be used to prevent the ulcer from spreading and it also gives temporary relief.


Symptoms of Mouth Ulcers

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

You will usually know if you have a mouth ulcer by looking at its appearance. A mouth ulcer will be:

  • round, or oval, in shape,
  • white, yellow, or grey in colour, and
  • inflamed around the edge.

Most mouth ulcers usually occur on:

  • the inside of the lips,
  • the inside of the cheeks,the floor of the mouth, or
  • the under surface of the tongue.

An ulcer can cause pain and discomfort, particularly when eating, drinking or brushing your teeth.

Most mouth ulcers will only last between 10-14 days, although in more severe cases, they may last for several weeks.

If your mouth ulcer gets progressively more painful and inflamed, you should see your GP. You should also see your GP if your mouth ulcer lasts for more than three weeks, or if ulcers appear else where on your body, such as the genitals.


Mouth Ulcer and Its Types

Monday, March 9th, 2009

A mouth ulcer is an open sore inside the oral cavity. Two common mouth ulcer types are aphthous ulcers (canker sores) and cold sores (caused by the herpes simplex virus).

The types of oral ulcers are diverse, with a multitude of associated causes including: physical or chemical trauma, infection from microorganisms or viruses, medical conditions or medications, cancerous and sometimes nonspecific processes. Once formed, the ulcer may be maintained by inflammation and/or secondary infection.


Causes of Dehydration

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Dehydration is caused by water loss or by inadequate water intake. The commonest cause is failure to drink enough water, although severe perspiration is a significant cause in hot climates or bouts of hot weather. Fluid loss caused by episodes of diarrhea (especially in children and old people) can also cause rapid dehydration.

In addition, loss of sodium (salt) from the body typically leads to a loss of water. Therefore, abnormally low levels of salt in body fluids may cause a person to become dehydrated. Kidney (renal) failure and Addison’s disease (adrenal cortical insufficiency) are two conditions that may – if untreated – lead to sodium depletion and dehydration.