Canker Sores: Treatment and Prevention


You can’t help but hate these things, right? We agree and that’s why we put a series of tips together to help you treat and prevent these little buggers.

Cross Timbers ENT has patients who come in complaining about the pain of their canker sores. These canker sores are also called aphthous ulcers. They are lesions in the mouth and are some of the most common causes of mouth pain. A canker sore is not the same as a fever blister. Canker sores are usually less than 1 centimeter in sixe and oval shaped.

No one is certain what exactly causes canker sores. Some believe canker sores may be linked to problems with the body’s immune system or possibly some of the following conditions:

Mouth injury from dental work Cleaning the teeth too roughly Biting the tongue or cheek Emotional stress Lack of certain vitamins and minerals in the diet (especially iron, folic ... read more

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissue lining your sinuses. It’s one of the most common health problems in the country affecting 37 million Americans each year. Direct healthcare costs due to sinusitis are well over $8 billion a year.

Certain conditions such as having a cold, an allergic swelling of the nose (called rhinitis), nasal polyps within the nasal cavity or a deviated septum can lead to sinusitis. Once these conditions appear and block the normally open sinuses, the stage is set for germs and viruses to to rapidly grow.

A patient may have acute or chronic sinusitis. Acute sinusitis is a short-term infection, which rapidly appears. It may last around 4 weeks. Most patents get acute sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis on the other hand will last several weeks and can even linger for years.

Chronic as well as acute sinusitis usually have at least 2 of the following symptoms:

Drainage of thick, either yellow ... read more