Canker sores can be very painful and can look pretty unattractive in the process, so naturally, pretty much all of us will want to do all that we can to avoid getting them as much as possible. Unfortunately, some people are just more likely to suffer with a canker sore than others, including people who: have a family history of canker sores, who suffer with food allergies, who aren’t getting enough vitamins and minerals. Although very similar, there are different types of canker, which are best diagnosed due to their size, whether they leave scarring, and how long they will last. Though being different, all cankers go through the exact same stages of healing, which, to help make your life easier, we’ll be taking a look at now, as we look at the various canker sore stages of healing.
Prodromol stage – First and foremost, all canker sores will go through what is known as the prodromol stage. This stage is basically the very, very early onset of a canker sore, and it is in fact, before the sore is a sore at all. It is a slight tingling and burning sensation in the part of the mouth that is about to be affected by the sores themselves. Canker sores can not only form inside the mouth, they can also form on the gum line and on the lips. Wherever the sore is about to form however, during the Prodromol stage, the affected area will feel numb and tingly. There will be no pain during this stage, and truthfully, there shouldn’t be very much discomfort either.
Pre-ulcerative stage – Next up there is the pre-ulcerative stage, which is where a slightly raised, red-coloured area will begin to form, resulting in an increase in pain. This usually occurs on the second day, and generally lasts around 24 hours until the canker sore erupts, resulting in an open lesion within the sore itself.
Ulcerative stage – Up next we have the most detrimental stage of a canker sore, which is the ulcerative stage. Usually after three days, the canker sore will finally reveal itself, in the form of a shallow crater-shaped ulcer with a red halo and a white/yellow centre. This is where the sore is at its most sensitive and painful. Usually, this stage will last around 3 – 7 days in total, where the pain will remain the same, more or less.
Healing stage – Now things are finally starting to improve as the sore will enter the healing stage. Here, usually after just over a week, the pain and discomfort of the sore will subside, and the sore will begin to heal and get smaller and less aggressive-looking. Most sores will be completely gone after 11 days or so, though there are some that can take several weeks to heal.
Remission stage – This is the final stage of the canker sore, as, once gone, hopefully the sore will remain gone for good. Some people however, may be unfortunate enough to suffer from canker sores again, not longer after fighting off the last one. If this frequently happens to you, you may wish to consider increasing your vitamin intake and seeking advice from an expert. For most people however, during the remission stage, the sore remains gone for good.