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Is there such thing as a cold sore that only affects the gums and leaves no mark on the outside of the body? Because every so often, I have several days in a row where eating becomes painful for my lower gums, on the side next to the lips. It comes mysteriously, and disappears just as mysteriously after a few days, and it can be as much as three or four months or more between flare-ups.

The worst part of it is eating dry things that lodge themselves down there and sting like a motherfucker. Trying to get them out with my tongue just makes it hurt worse. Getting it out with water hurts, too. So I have to try to avoid dry foods when whatever this is flares up. And also I have to shove food back to the molars and against the back of the mouth so pieces don't get up in the front of the lower jaw.

Oh yeah, and sometimes the inside of the bottom lip hurts as well. Not as much as the gums, though.

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acelightning
Mar. 11th, 2016 10:09 am (UTC)
fayanora
Mar. 11th, 2016 10:30 am (UTC)
Well I can't see in there to be sure, but that sounds about right.
fayanora
Mar. 11th, 2016 10:34 am (UTC)
PS
"The condition is very common, affecting about 20% of the general population to some degree. The onset is often during childhood or adolescence, and the condition usually lasts for several years before gradually disappearing."

LOL. I may be 33, but given that my body has several symptoms of apparently being incapable of deciding whether to physically mature or not (baby teeth that never fell out while several adult teeth grew in anyway, a natural scent that is a mix of musky adult odor and the earthy scent of childhood, even possibly my androgyny), it wouldn't surprise me at all if I keep getting canker sores for the rest of my life. I hope it goes away in time, but neither outcome would surprise me.
acelightning
Mar. 11th, 2016 12:58 pm (UTC)
Re: PS
I'm 68, and I still get an occasional canker sore, although it's been quite a while since the last one. (Gods, I hope I don't get canker sores underneath my dentures!)
fayanora
Mar. 11th, 2016 01:08 pm (UTC)
Re: PS
I'm with you. They're very inconvenient. Took me a whole hour to eat my soup tonight. And then I drank some water, it went into the area of the canker sore, and burned like Hell.
acelightning
Mar. 12th, 2016 02:18 am (UTC)
Re: PS
Any kind of OTC "mouth pain reliever", like Anbesol, will help. Some people prefer the cream or gel forms, others go with the dab-on liquid (which tastes rather nasty, but not for long). Whatever form it's in, it should say "20% Benzocaine". The store brand of any of them will do just as well as the more expensive name brand. It won't cure the canker sore, but it'll make you a whole lot less uncomfortable until the sore goes away by itself.
fayanora
Mar. 12th, 2016 11:01 am (UTC)
Re: PS
Thanks!
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