Carol Gilkison, RN,C.
Canker sores are caused by a virus related to the virus which causes chickenpox which most of us get when we are children. The official name of the virus is: herpes simplex. You are correct in your detection that certain foods can cause an outbreak of canker sores...this is due to the fact that our L-lysine and argenine aminino acid balance is screwed up. All it takes to get it back into balance is to take a couple of tablets of L-lysine 2-3 times a day before a meal until you notice the canker sore has disappeared. You can purchase L-lysine in the pharmacy or healthfood store. Two of the biggest culprits to screw up this aminino acid balance are chocolate and nuts. Hope this helps and you get better FAST!!