Re: mouth sores
I had white patches on my tounge and some weird ridges on the inside of my cheeks. Having been an on/off smoker for many years, got scared and went to the doctor. They whacked a chunk out of my tounge and biopsied it. Turned out to be what they call lichen planus. I surmised it was an allergic reaction to chili peppers brought on my eating too much salsa all the time because to this day, I cannot eat salsa without my mouth becoming inflammed. I think the fluctuating hormones caused by menopause brought it on. However, at a recent family reunion, my female cousin who is about my same age, informed me that she gets those sores from eating anything with citrus in it. So there could be a genetic pre-disposition where the stress of menopause induces it. At any rate, if this is what you have, the doctors will tell you to avoid anything with citrus in it or spices, this includes tomatoes. I had to stay away from all that for almost 2 years. I can have citrus and tomatoes now, just not in great quantities.