Canker Sores Causes – A bacterial culprit?
Of all the canker sores causes that I’ve talked about on this blog, one that I’ve never really delved into is a potential bacterial cause of canker sores.
Truthfully, I spend so much time trying to dispel the myth that canker sores are caused by a virus (herpes) that I haven’t spent much time talking about a potential bacterial connection.
Many medical authorities and knowledgeable websites have recognized amongst the other canker sores causes that the bacteria helicobacter pylori could also be to blame.
What makes helicobacter pylori one of the potential canker sores causes?
Helicobacter pylori is a bacteria that is found in the stomach, one of the many bacteria that lines the length of the digestive tract to help us manage to squeeze some kind of nutrition out of the nasty fast food we eat every day. In normal amounts, it’s a healthy and good thing to have. But just like ice cream, dodgeball, and visits from your family, too much of anything can be bad.
DISGUSTING SIDE NOTE: Did you know that some scientists believe there are more bacteria in your body than actual cells? At what point are we just bacterial colonies being held together by people stuff?
In 1982, scientists discovered that helicobacter pylori was prevalent in patients with gastritis and gastric ulcers, leading to the conclusion that many cases of stomach ulcers may be associated with the bacteria. This was the first time a bacterial cause was ever suspected in the case of stomach ulcers.
Even though an estimated 80% of people who are infected show no symptoms whatsoever, and it’s thought that 50% of people in the world harbor this bacteria, as you can imagine, it’s not a huge leap to conclude that it could be a cause of mouth ulcers as well.
So, is bacteria one of the real canker sores causes?
Like so many issues related to canker sores, there’s not much definitive proof.
So, lacking any definitive conclusion from the world of science, all we’re left with is guess work. So here’s my guess: Peptic ulcers and canker sores are not the same thing, and likely peptic ulcer causes and canker sores causes are probably two different things as well.
There are several studies that have made a link to immune system response and canker sores. And any kind of infection will trigger an immune system response, so if you have an H. pylori infection, it would likely trigger your immune system and could bring about mouth ulcers. My bet is that if there’s any real connection between the two, it’s most likely that.
But, helicobacter pylori does have a real correlation to stomach ulcers, so if you get both mouth sores and stomach ulcers, there are 2 things to consider. 1: That someone may have put a curse on you because that’s a horrible fate. And 2: That helicobacter pylori might be the culprit. I’d encourage you ask your doctor to test you for the bacteria, which can apparently be done with a simple blood test.
Ways to avoid a helicobacter pylori infection:
H. pylori can be found in contaminated food and water. So try to live in the developed world and cook your meat well to avoid excess exposure.
Other than that, rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash can prevent food bacteria in your mouth from becoming a bigger problem, and if you are infected, it can be treated very well with antibiotics. So it’s not a life sentence.
Bottom line: the science isn’t completely there on helicobacter pylori being a cause, but that can be said of a lot of the canker sores causes. If you get stomach ulcers as well, it would very much be worth a visit to the doctor to find out.
Otherwise, just be clean and rinse your mouth – which are things you should be doing anyway.