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Lichen Planus - Gluten The Cause?

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in 09 I was on a business trip- at this point I wasn't very strict about the whole gluten thing. ANyway while on the trip i developed a horrible canker sore on my left cheek and when i looked inside my mouth the whole cheek was red and inflamed. this went on for a few months and eventually the pain went away but the inside of my mouth still doesnt look the way it used to. one oral pathologist said it was lichen planus and another oral doc said it was a topical sensitivity to something i ate and suspected it was the gum i was chewing..i used to hold gum on the side of my mouth all the time so maybe it triggered a reaction? never had a biopsy so not sure exactly what it is/was. incidentally my mother has lichen planus, but worse than whatever i had

Anyway i just read an article about HPV and how it can cause oral sores and lesions and am now worried i have it. the canker sore did arise about a month after i started dating a girl so not sure if that had something to do with it..she was kinda obsessive about her health and always visited the doc but who knows if she had anything. it was a monogamous relationship and she wanted to marry me, but it eventually ended.

Anyway, does it sound like gluten was the culprit or should i be worried bout something else?

thanks

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This is so interesting. I've had this problem forever. I used to get tons of sores in my mouth, and it always felt like the inside of my mouth was peeling. (Gross.) I am certain I don't have HPV or Herpes A.

In my case it was my toothpaste. Going gluten-free helped, but I changed to a natural toothpaste that I have to order online (Tom's) and it helped tremendously. Honestly I don't know if there is something in the processing that creates a gluten exposure, or if it is just all the unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients.

But I've also found that I get little canker sores if I have too much acid - too much coffee mainly. My husband has family members who can't eat too many tomatoes/strawberries/etc. in one day or they get canker sores, too (along with 'itchy palms' and other allergic-type reactions).

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i was using tea treat toothpaste & tea tree tooth picks - they were definitely irritating my mouth & it got better when i stopped

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I get canker sores when I get glutened. I would say it's probably not HPV and more a reaction to food or your toothpaste.

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