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Armalyn    Canker sores (singaw)

What are canker sores?

Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, can be quite annoying and painful. Unlike cold sores discussed in last month’s article, canker sores occur inside the mouth and are not viral or contagious. Canker sores heal on their own within a couple of weeks.

A canker sore begins as a burning or tingling sensation inside the mouth. Then an oval-shaped shallow lesion forms with a white to yellow-coloured centre, surrounded by a red border. You can get them on or under your tongue, on the inside of your cheek or on the roof of your mouth. Since these sores are painful, they can make eating, drinking and speaking a challenge.

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