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A sore is a general term for any type of tender or painful lesion of the skin or mucous membrane. It may be a wound, ulcer, or an open lesion.

There are many types of sores, including bedsores, canker sores, which are small lesions of the mouth's mucous membranes which accompany many systemic disorders, cold sores, Dehli sores, desert sores, hard sores, oriental sores, soft venereal sores, and water sores.


Sores are caused by many conditions. They may be caused by wounds or microorganisms. The cause of many sores is unknown.

Signs & Symptoms

Skin lesion
Lesion of a mucous membrane

Nutritional Supplements

General Supplements

Adult Child/Adolescent
EPO 1 - 3 g 1 - 2 g
Vitamin A2,500 - 20,000 IU2,500 - 10,000 IU
Vitamin B-6 20 - 100 mg 10 - 50 mg
Vitamin C1,000 - 3,000 mg1,000 - 3,000 mg
Vitamin E (Oral) 200 - 600 IU 100 - 300 IU
Zinc 10 - 30 mg 10 - 20 mg

* Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.

Vitamin E may also be utilized in a topical form.         

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

A Protein Enriched Diet will provide the nutrients necessary to mount an immune response, and to repair and regenerate tissue. Zinc has a beneficial effect on wound healing and tissue repair. The additional zinc should be ingested either through supplements or zinc-rich foods, such as meats, eggs, seafood, especially oysters.

Herbal Approaches


Witch hazel

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

Homeopathic Remedy

Arnica Montana tinct.
Echinacea angustifolia
Hamamelis virginica
Hepar sulphuris calcareum
Mercurius Vivus

Treatment Schedule

Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.

X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency
Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.


Boericke, D.E., 1988. Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Coulter, C.R., 1986. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines.

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Shingale, J.N., 1992. Bedside Prescriber.

Smith, Trevor, 1989. Homeopathic Medicine.

Ullman, Dana, 1991. The One Minute (or so) Healer.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Benzoin Essence,Garlic Essence,
Tea Tree Essence.

Related Health Conditions

Sores are related to many conditions including:

Decubitus ulcer
Shingles (herpes zoster)



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