Monday, February 22, 2016

A bandage for a canker sore?

We have all gotten canker sores...Those painful, white ulcers in the mouth.

There are few good treatments--you usually have to wait for the body to heal them.

If you are prone, these can pop up three or four times a year and last up to a week. Yick!

Now, a researcher named Xiahua Liu, PHD, assistant professor at Texas A&M's University's dentistry college, is working on an adhesive patch loaded with medication than can withstand saliva and stay stuck.

Alas, they are only approaching animal studies. Application to afflected humans may be a ways off.

By the way--canker sores are not the same as cold sores. Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. Canker sores do not have a single known cause.

I don't know--a bandaid in your mouth? Thank goodness, I don't get these. Ouch--probably jinxed myself.

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