| | Canker Sores
I am new to message boards but not new to Lupus, having been finally diagnosed a few years ago. Over the past few months, I've been dealing with a new symptom that has been especially painful and bothersome: canker sores (aka apthous ulcers). My doctor suggested Valtrex since canker sores may be related to the herpes virus. However, some research I've done on the web makes no mention of this virus as a contributing cause. One suggested cause is an ingredient in toothpaste: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).
Has anyone ever heard of this? If you have recurring mouth sores, what, if anything, has worked for you? There is apparently and SLS-free toothpaste I can order but it is expensive and I'd like some feedback from people not related to that company's website.
Thanks for any info or advice you can offer to me.