Uncontrolled stress can
cause severe medical problems including
migraines, high blood pressure, heart disease,
and gastric/intestinal disorders. Not
surprisingly, stress has been implicated as a
major factor contributing to canker sores
We all feel stress at one time or another.
Stress is simply the body's reaction to
perceived threats or harmful stimuli. In
response, the body increases heart rate,
increases blood pressure, and releases a host
of cytokines and other chemicals.
While stress is meant to be a protective
mechanism, in today's society, we often
experience so much stress that it can become
dangerous to our health.
Several studies have shown an increased
incidence of canker sores among groups that are
highly stressed. Medical students and dental
students, for example, lead an extremely
demanding and stressful life, and suffer with
canker sores to a much greater extent than the
rest of the population.
We advise people susceptible to canker sores
to reduce the stress in their lives. With the
fast paced demands of daily life reducing
stress is often easier said than done. Its well
worth the effort, however, since reducing
stress has other health benefits as well.
New Hope: A
"cure" for canker sores (mouth ulcers)