Two weeks ago I developed a canker sore. Those are always painful, but this one earned a spot in the Canker Hall of Fame. It was excruciating, made worse by its location just under my bottom lower lip. Plus, it was a huge one. ("No it wasn't," says Hubs. "Yes, it was," says I. "No, it wasn't," he says again. He's just fussy because for seven days, anytime he even walked in my general direction I held up my hands and shouted "DON'T KISS ME! DON'T KISS ME!")
Cankers are, according to Dr. Google, only supposed to last a few days. When mine kept going for a full week, I started to get desperate. I talked to friends, both the real-life and the Twitter variety. I browsed the pharmacy. I tried all the faithful stand-by remedies, including all the over-the-counter options I could find. Hubs, who, it turns out, seems to have a background in medieval torture, insisted I should just cover my finger with salt and pinch the fire out of the sore. My middle son offered his best advice: "Mom, you just have to be tough. Don't think about it. Play with pain." (Really? Interesting advice from someone for whom I endured childbirth, but I digress.)
Just before having my lower lip removed altogether, I stumbled on a remedy. Well, two remedies, actually–I started them on the same day, so I can't be positive which one worked. One friend recommend L-lysine tablets, a supplement said to promote both skin and immune-system health. Within only a few hours of my first dose I noticed a difference. Additionally, I swished my mouth several times a day with liquid Maalox. It tasted horrible, but it immediately offered some relief from that intense, burning pain that comes with cankers. Finally, after two full weeks, Friday morning (mercy!), just in time for my BlissDom panel, it went away. (And hey, my BlissDom friends, if I smelled like chalky mint, now you know why.)
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