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Mouth Sores Due To Shisha?

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Hi,

I was introduced to the pleasure of Shisha on a recent holiday in Egypt. I didn't intend to carry on but on returning home I discovered that a shop close to where I work sells Al Fakher and so I got into the habit of smoking twice a day every day for about half an hour each session. After about a month I started developing sores on the inside of my cheeks and rough tender patches of skin on my gums with discomfort eating hot or spicy food. I went to the doctor and he diagnosed a condition called Lichen Planus, a condition whose cause is not fully understood and for which there is no medication to clear it up.
I didn't mention the shisha smoking because I hoped it wasn't connected and was just coincidental. I stopped using the hookah though and for about three months it hasn't got any better but nor did it get any worse. However I decided recently to see what would result if I started smoking shisha again and after one week, the conditon has definitely got a bit worse. As a result I'm now fairly convinced that the charcoal smoke is causing my condition.
I'm just wondering if any other regular hookah users have experienced mouth conditons as a result?

Thanks

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The cause of OLP(oral Lichen Planus)isn't certain. It is not an infectious disease and it is not contagious. It can be triggered by an allergic reaction to drugs or to chemicals or dental materials touching the mucosal lining of the mouth. Often the source of symptoms can't be determined. So it seems like something you don't get it ssomething your body does when it reacts

http://www.mayoclinic.org/oral-lichen-planus/

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May be you should see a doc again ? Only this time, you mention the shisha smoking ?

I once had kind of cuts in my mouth after smoking for a session, but as it turned out, my hose had terribly rusted away!

It would help the other members to speculate a bit more accurately if you mention which hookah do you own ? Do you have a washable hose ? If not, do you still wash it regularly ? Do you clean your hookah ? Is there any signs of rusting in there ?

I say speculate, because your condition hasn't got better in 3 months and that is a LONG time for mouth sores! Personally, I'd highly recommend you to see a doc and tell him everything.

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I go this information this website http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001870/


[b]Lichen planus[/b]
Lichen planus is a disease in which there is an itchy, swollen [url="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/n/pmh_adam/A003220/"]rash [/url] on the skin or in the mouth.


[b]Causes, incidence, and risk factors[/b]
The exact cause of lichen planus is unknown. However, it is likely to be related to an allergic or immune reaction.

Risks include:

[list][*]Exposure to medications, [font="Arial Black"]dyes[/font], and other chemical substances (including gold, antibiotics, arsenic, iodides, chloroquine, quinacrine, quinide, phenothiazines, and diuretics)[*]Disorders such as [url="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/n/pmh_adam/A000284/"]hepatitis C[/url][/list]Lichen planus generally affects middle-aged adults. It is less common in children.

I'm guessing your allergic to some type of Dyes or other chemical in the shisha. Hope you get better soon!





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