Chapped Lips, mouth sores, itchy mouth--new to Paleo

Answered on July 30, 2014
Created January 20, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I started Paleo a week ago, and after about 4-5 days of the diet, I have noticed some strange things in my mouth--dry/chapped lips (never a problem pre-paleo, so not winter-related), sore/raw roof of mouth, and back of tongue is sore and it is painful to eat (especially acidic foods, hot foods, sweet fruits). Whenever I eat anything, the entire inside of my mouth feels...itchy.

Any remedies? I read about pH levels in the mouth and how the acidic fruits and veggies may be causing some of the internal issues--so I just did a mouthwash w/ baking soda (too soon to tell if that helps). But, no remedies for my lips! I have tried regular balms (which I have always used pre-Paleo and they have always worked), coconut oil, medicated neosporin. Driving me nuts--miss my soft lips!

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on July 30, 2014
at 08:47 AM

Castor oil is a good treatment for dry and chapped lips.

1. Simply apply castor oil to your lips several times a day.

2. You can also make a soothing treatment using one teaspoon of castor oil, one teaspoon of glycerin and a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Mix it well and apply it on your lips before going to bed. In the morning, wash it off with a cotton ball dipped in lukewarm water. Repeat this daily until your lips are healed.

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on January 26, 2014
at 01:15 AM

Out of curiosity are you allergic to latex, and/or is this happening after eating banana, avocados? I'm trying to discover why I'm experiencing this mystery rash, and in my research I came across oral allergy syndrome connected to certain foods like avocado.

"Avocado allergy can take two different forms: one associated with allergy to tree pollen, such as birch, and another type associated with latex allergy. People with birch-pollen allergy can develop symptoms either immediately or up to 1 hour after eating fresh avocado or an avocado-containing food. Symptoms comprise local reactions in the mouth and throat with itching and inflammation (called oral allergy syndrome, OAS)."

I temporarily stopped using my lip balm as well because the main ingredient is avocado oil.

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