Canker Sore Sufferers
Canker sores are round, white lesions found inside the oral cavity. Although not contagious, canker sores are extremely sensitive to the touch and can cause great pain. Not only does it make it hard to eat, drink or even talk, but a canker sore often lasts up to two weeks.
Most topical remedies are bitter tasting and only provide temporary relief, but a new product containing licorice root extract is changing the way we treat canker sores.
CankerMelts® is a recently developed product designed specifically for canker sore sufferers. CankerMelts are patented discs containing licorice root that are applied directly to the canker sore. Patients wear the patch for several hours during the day, providing long-term relief and blocking the sore from irritants. Studies have shown that patients who used these canker sore patches experienced less pain and smaller ulcers than those who went untreated. Clinical research has also suggested that CankerMelts patches may significantly reduce healing time, enabling sufferers to resume their daily activities without being bothered by canker sore pain.
Cold Sore Sufferers
Found on the lips and surrounding areas of the face, cold sores are caused by a virus and are extremely contagious. Some topical ointments containing GX reduce the pain and healing time of cold sores. Research also suggests that licorice strengthens the immune system and may even fight off the herpes virus that causes cold sores. Capsules containing licorice root extract taken on a daily basis could reduce the possibility of a cold sore outbreak.
No Matter What …
Regardless of what type of remedy you use to treat your cold or canker sores, speak with your dentist or doctor first before trying a new medication. Making your medical professionals aware of all your medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, can help you avoid drug interactions or other complications.
The possibilities of using licorice root extract to cure our ailments seem endless. Scientists are continuing to research the benefits of licorice and other herbal remedies in modern medicine. Licorice is even being considered in the fight against cancer, as it has antioxidants similar to those of green tea. In the meantime, if you're looking to relieve a cold or canker sore, try a licorice root extract product -- you may be in for a sweet surprise!
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