The reason why I have not been blogging lately is because I have this humongous ulcer on my tongue. Do not worry, I am not going to upload a disgusting picture of it. It is huge, ugly and super painful. Worse thing is that it is at the side of my tongue, so every time it touches my teeth, it hurts like crazy!
Needless to say, I have been cutting down on everything spicy, fried and salty these few days and eating those plain stuff like soup and porridge. Other than that, I have been following tips I read online about how to treat ulcers:
1) Apply numbing cream.
At the moment I am using TARO, which you can get at a pharmacy. It is apparently more effective than Bonjela which I have been using since young. And Bonjela tends to sting when you put it on, but this does not.
2) Gurgle with salt water.
Avoid using chemical mouthwash, which can be harsh on your ulcer. After brushing my teeth or after meals, I will gurgle with salt water. Dissolve a tablespoon of salt in warm water and gurgle. I always thought that salt water would hurt on wounds, but I did not experience any pain.
3) Avoid chewing on the side with ulcer.
So I have been only chewing on my left side. Besides, I think this is quite common-sensical. It really hurts like nobody’s business for anything to touch my ulcer.
4) Do not eat or drink anything citrus.
This was quite an interesting point because having an ulcer means that one is lacking in vitamins, but apparently citrus fruits will aggravate the ulcer! At the moment, I have been munching on apples.
So with these tips, I hope that my ulcer will get better. It is already Day 4! I hope there will not be a Day 5.