Around the end of Febuary I started getting these weird sores on my lips, and the inside corners of my mouth, and my cheeks. I feared the worst, I recently had a sexual encounter with a girl I've known for years and I thought well I guess she has herpes or something horrible. About two weeks later I saw on my lips tons of white spots, weird scaly bumps that had never been there before. I had a horrible taste in my mouth and I couldn't get rid of it. Though I had to ask myself, that we had sex as well as other oral adventures, why isn't anything wrong with my genitalia? That seemed perfectly normal... weird. I decided to wait.
One day I was at work and I had been working really hard out in the sun, my lips got really dry and cracked. The next day i woke up to find this awful gash on my upper lip, kind of a golden brown crusted over disgustingness. I washed it and went to the doctor and he took a look at it, and he said "Yeah thats herpes!" and prescribed me denavir and valtrex.
Sad with my diagnosis I came home in tears, and did a bunch of research on everything about herpes. To me, what I had sounded like or looked anything like herpes at all. But the denavir did heal the weird wound on my upper lip so I truly believed I had herpes. After reading all about herpes it seemed I would have weird tingling and all this stuff, but nothing about a horrible taste in my mouth. Anyway, a month goes by and I'm still having the problem, but no weird gashes on the lips anymore. Still have these strange bumps that come and go in like minutes or hours.
I went to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned and he used some kind of antibiotic spray in my mouth, cleaned my teeth, didn't say anything about what was going on inside my mouth. I asked him questions and he said my mouth looked normal and that there was no oral herpes infection! What?! But I'm still getting this weird taste and stupid sores! And he said he had no idea what it could be but he said it wasn't herpes, he had seen oral herpes plenty of times and he knew it wasn't that.
So now I'm freaked out, I haven't the slightest idea whats going on with my mouth, and I immediately right after the dentist go in to get a blood test done for any kind of STDs or any disease at all. They also checked for B vitamin deficiencies. The next morning I woke up to find that my mouth feels greasy or like its full of butter and I go look in the mirror is my entire mouth is white! I call my dentist and he says that's a common reaction to antibiotics called thrush, and that it will go away, just drink water and plenty of vitamin C.
So everyday I drink 2 gallons of water, no soda or anything, I also take multivitamins. ANOTHER month goes by and I still have this white mouth although the terrible taste isn't so bad anymore. I go back to the doctor and they finally tell me the results of my blood test, and everything they tested shows normal, I definitely don't have herpes, or cancer, or diabetes, or hepatitus anything, or HIV. Also my B vitamins are at normal levels. Okay... So I tell this new doctor the story, and they give me antibiotics, nystatin, and something called magic mouthwash. Also they tell me I may have developed an allergy to my toothpaste... okay. I buy three different kinds of toothpaste, now I use a different kind for each of the three times I brush my teeth per day. After using all of this stuff for two weeks after i run out of it, I still have thrush.
Well I'm fed up so I'm researching thrush on the internet, it says that the main causes are HIV, Cancer, Diabetes, or malnutrition. Most of the websites are saying these things. Some random sites say, drink more water, but I don't know how much more water I can drink in a day. Some sites said to take Acidophilus, drink orange juice to make the thrush have a hard time, and eat lots of yogurt and take some garlic. Okay I buy some extra strength acidophilus, I got several 2lb yogurt containers, and plenty of orange juice. Keep in mind I am also drinking 2 gallons of water and taking multivitamins, (which has garlic in it).
Finally one day I came across a website I haven't seen before. this website says, that thrush can be cause by Vitamin A, Iron, and Folate deficiencies. I look at my multi vitamin, it has folic acid which is folate, and 10,000IU Vitamin A. However, it doesn't have iron. So I find that iron is in mostly green vegetables, and cereals, a lot of this I don't eat. Especially not cereal.
So yesterday I bought a bunch of carrots and a heavy dose of vitamin A, and broccoli. Also I bought plenty of juices with Vitamins A, C, E and are loaded with iron and folic acid. Almost instantly I notice a huge change, like the tiny bumps that were on my lips are completely gone (two doctors told me I had fordyce spots, which I NEVER had, and they insisted that I just never noticed and to be honest with you I'm very vain and I look in the mirror constantly, I NEVER had them, doctors are so full of **** they started getting angry with me saying I never noticed them... *******s) and a lot of sores inside my mouth are gone as well, though it is not completely gone yet. So I think I will buy some Iron doses around 7mg and take that everyday along with these juices and all this other stuff.
If you look up iron deficiency on the internet it tells you cracked lips, among many other things such as dizziness and short attention span and all kinds of crap. But it also tells you that it doesn't work well unless it is with vitamin A... though it is very rare for a male to have iron deficiency, it isn't rare if he doesn't have it in his diet. So... I guess I need to eat more dark green vegetables and take iron to get rid of this.
If anyone else has any kind of similar experiences, please let me know what you did to cure it.
Many of my symptoms are strange such as, white film on the lips, crusty golden brown sores, respiratory infection, bad taste, white film inside the mouth, strange bumps on lips, sores/bumps that went away and came back quickly or showed up all over the inside of my mouth, sinus pain and some others I can't recall.
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