Home Remedies For Canker Sores

Home Remedies For Canker Sores

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  1. That tingling, burning sensation under your tongue or inside your cheek signifies the inevitable; a developing canker sore. A canker sore also known as an aphthous ulcer is a painful sore typically located on the inside of the cheek or lip, around the tonsils or under the tongue. The sores are generally 3-5 millimeters in diameter, appear red and may have a red or white coating. Usually canker sores do not hang around too long, but can make the sufferer miserable in the meantime. Prescription medications are available, but there are a few home remedies for canker sores that can bring temporary relief.

    What Causes Canker Sores?

    No one knows for sure what causes canker sores, but there does seem to be a correlation between increased stress and the formation of canker sores. They also seem to generally occur more often in women, especially under the age of 40. Although exact causes are still unknown, there are a number of common triggers that frequently lead to the formation of a sore.

    • Menstrual cycle in women
    • Poor diet
    • Stress
    • Food allergies
    • Biting inside the mouth
    • Heredity
    • Bacterial infections
    • Hormonal disorders

    Typically a canker sore heals within two weeks or less. If it persists and begins to affect your daily life, making it difficult to eat, sleep or speak, you should visit a dentist or doctor. There are prescription oral antibiotics and topical steroids that can be used to treat the disease itself rather than just the infection.

    Symptoms of a Canker Sore

    Canker sores are not harmful, but they can create a great deal of discomfort in the sufferer. The first three or four days is the most painful stage, with sufferers often feeling as though they are getting sick. Symptoms and their severity can vary from person to person.

    • Tingling or burning sensation where the canker sore will ultimately appear
    • Formation of a tiny bump that can be felt with the tongue
    • Sore becomes bigger and visible; appears red and white in appearance
    • Pain when eating or drinking
    • Lethargy
    • Swollen lymph nodes
    • Fever

    Unlike cold sores, canker sores are not contagious. Cold sores, which are caused by the herpes virus, are infectious. They form outside the mouth, around or on the lips, and are generally found in small clusters of blisters.

    Home Remedies for Canker Sores

    A canker sore will eventually go away without any treatment. There are some home remedies that can help speed up the process and relieve the discomfort. Try a few to find the one that works best for you. On a more positive note, the older you get the fewer canker sores you can expect.

    Lysine – Taking the amino acid L-Lysine as a dietary supplement can help heal canker sores and some people swear it helps prevent them from forming in the first place.

    Milk of Magnesia and liquid Benadryl – For pain relief and faster healing, mix equal amounts of Milk of Magnesia and liquid Benadryl and swish it in your mouth for about a minute. Spit it out and repeat every 4-6 hours for a few days.

    Black tea – Black tea contains tannin which relieves pain. Place wet black tea bags directly on sores to heal faster and relieve pain.

    Hydrogen peroxide – Make a solution of 1-2 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide (from the pharmacy or grocery store) and 1-2 ounces of water; gargle with it for 30 seconds to one minute and then spit out the liquid. Repeat this 4-5 times daily for a few days.

    Papaya tablets – Chewing up a few papaya tablets several times over the course of a few days will clear up a canker sore.

    Aloe juice – Rinsing your mouth with a solution of water and aloe juice from the aloe Vera plant several times a day, will relieve discomfort and help the sore clear up within a few days.

    Raw onion – Some people believe strongly in the power of a raw onion to clear up a canker sore when applied directly to the sore. The pungency of the onion may cause some discomfort but it is an effective remedy.

    Baking soda and salt – When you first feel that tingling sensation, gargle with a solution of warm water (eight ounces), one teaspoon of baking soda and a pinch of salt to keep the sore from forming. Baking soda can also be used as a paste applied directly over the canker sore.

    Plum juice – Fresh plum juice, used as a mouth rinse or soaked into a cotton ball and used as a compress, will help relieve the pain.

    Alum – Alum is a pain reliever and antiseptic which can prevent the infection from worsening when applied to the sore.

    Medicating a canker sore can be a challenging task. Your mouth is one of the most bacteria-filled areas of the body and nothing sticks well to the skin on the inside of the mouth. Remedies ideally should kill the bacteria infecting the sore and protect it while it heals.

    Preventing Canker Sores

    Watching your diet and avoiding hot or spicy foods may help prevent canker sores in those who suffer from them on a chronic basis. Eat foods rich in vitamin B, easily digestible foods and yogurt. The acidophilus found in yogurt helps to heal and prevent sores. Avoid overly salty or oily foods and highly acidic foods like citrus fruits. Avoid toothpastes with irritating ingredients like a strong mint flavor. Avoid brushing too hard to prevent injury to the skin inside the mouth which can lead to the formation of a canker sore.

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