I feel so bad that they have to go through this pain so often. Mouths are constantly moist, full of saliva and bacteria. This makes it difficult to not only medicate cankers, but also heal them. We've tried about everything available, but we're always open to new ideas.
Friday, July 31, 2009
The Curse of the Cankers...Over the last 16 plus years I've been with Haldan this has been a common theme in his mouth. The poor guy usually has at least one, often times more than one at a time. I don't know how he copes. I've only had a handful in my entire life and they are nothing like the ones he gets. Sometimes he modifies his food or chews on one side or the other, but there's been very few times that I've actually heard him complain. For those of you who have heard about Haldan's infamous cankers, I posted a picture so you could check one of them out. Pokey has also inherited the curse. She has had numerous canker sores. She just recently got rid of one. She's not as tolerant or quiet about it as Haldan.
While Haldan was in the Navy they used silver nitrate sticks on his canker sores to heal them. He said it hurt like the dickens, but cauterized it and helped it heal faster and hurt less. He's been out of the Navy almost 11 years now and he's been told everything from "they are not approved by the FDA" to "never heard of them". Well, two days ago he had a routine dermatologist appointment and he happened to mention it to his doctor. This young doctor knew exactly what he was talking about and wrote him a prescription. Target pharmacy ordered it in and today I picked them up with a $5 copay. His search is over and tonight he was finally able to use one again. For those of you out there who are also canker sore sufferers you know that there is very little relief available for these ulcer like lesions. Very little is know about their cause, except that they might be hereditary or due to stress or food allergies. Haldan's tried it all: l-lysine, anbesol and many other numbing agents, crushed up aspirin or benadryl to the lesion, etc. Nothing helps them or heals them, but time.
Well, today Little Man joins the "cursed" in this household. He came down with his first canker sore. Haldan says it's in one of the most painful spots, right under the tongue. It rubs against his teeth and makes it painful to speak or chew. If you look closely it's in the front part of his tongue in the first photo above.