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   Posted 1/30/2006 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Anybody have canker sores in association with their IBS?  What a kick in the teeth it is to not be able to enjoy what limited food I can eat.  I first thought it was a new sensitivity to citrus foods (which are definitely an irritant), but I cut out those foods and still get them.  Ideas?  Remedies?  Is it stress?

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   Posted 1/30/2006 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure if it is related to IBS or not but I used to get them a lot, like 2-3 times a month. Doc told me to take vitamin B12 and probiotics. Ever since I have been on both (about 6 months) I haven't had a canker sore.
When you get one you can put baking soda on it directly (hurts like heck) and rinse with baking soda water. I hear salt water is supposed to work too.
Good luck! I hate those suckers.
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   Posted 1/30/2006 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
i don't get them, but i remember my dad having them all the time--mainly during the summer--tomato season (we are from jersey, and we would eat them right off the vine) and they would give him the canker sores.
he would put strait ice on them throughout the day. my husband swears by Carmax, but Burts' Bees has fantastic products, he now uses solely that and has had zero canker sores. i think stress does factor in...

i am sorry you have to deal with that AND ibs, best of luck to you. i hope something works for you.
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   Posted 1/30/2006 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't think I get more than is usual for a normal person, but I use Cankaid (I think you can find it in the dental hygiene section). It tastes kind of bad, but you don't have to use much. Just put a drop or two directly on the sore. It's main ingredient is peroxcide, so you can probably use that in lieu of it for the same effect. The Cankaid is kind of syrupy, so it sticks to the canker for longer than a peroxcide wash would, so if you use peroxcide, rise with it several times a day. You can use the Cankaid once or twice a day (I put it on at night) and you will notice that the sore will go down a lot in size overnight.

If you get a cold sore on the outside of your mouth, try Carmex. That stuff is great at healing up small sores. I have even put it on my face when I have made a raw place trying to get rid of a pimple. It will heal it right up.

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   Posted 2/1/2006 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter started getting them alot after she had mono. Someone told her to use Lysine tablets. They are an amino acid, and she feels that it helps them. I bought the Lysine in the herbal supplement section of Walmart.
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