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How to get rid of a canker sore

Posted by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM
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How to get rid of a canker sore

There are so many canker sore treatments and aids to be used for canker sore relief. They are normally in the form of over the counter medications, simple home remedies, or combinations of both. Here are some of the most common canker sore remedies and relief.

  1. Aloe. Press a little juice from the inner part of an aloe leaf over the canker sore. Do this many times daily to speed up the healing process. Aloe vera juice is also commercially sold in gallons; you may use this packaged form instead if you do not have any other source of aloe in your home. Aloe leaf has salicylates which have a naturally inflammatory effect and best for pain relief. Furthermore, aloe has some antibacterial properties.
  2. Baking soda. This is a cheap and very effective home remedy for treating canker sores. You can make a paste of baking soda or you can apply baking soda directly on the canker sore. Baking soda neutralizes the acids which cause the ulceration. Baking soda also has antibacterial qualities, and it can enhance the healing of the sore.
  3. Vinegar and salt. Mix vinegar and salt and rinse your mouth with this solution three times a day to clear the canker sore.
  4. Fresh onion. Dice a small onion bit and put a little of that diced mixture onto the canker sore. Hold for about a minute to let the onion juices seep into the sore. Do this three or four times a day. Onion has been known to heal a canker sore fast.
  5. Sage. Boil some water and place a few teaspoons of sage leaves. Cover and let it steep for fifteen minutes. Rinse your mouth with this sage mixture many times a day. You may also pound the sage leaves into powder form, then apply this directly onto the canker sore. Sage is a widely accepted herbal remedy used to get rid of canker sores.
  6. Salt. If you can tolerate the pain, then put a little salt directly onto the canker sore. This has a drying effect on the lesion and speeds up its healing time.
  7. Saltwater. Gargle with saltwater three times a day to help heal the canker sore and other minor mouth and throat problems. Saltwater has an antibacterial effect and it is particularly beneficial as a cheap and inexpensive gargling solution to combat minor throat infections.
  8. Copper sulfate. Apply copper sulfate directly on the canker sore once or twice every day until the painful lesion goes away. Copper sulfate is effective and fast when it comes to treating a canker sore. This particular canker sore treatment compound has been used by many people for a long time.
  9.  Clover oil. When applied directly on the canker sore, clover oil numbs the area and can provide pain relief.
  10. Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a proven antibacterial and antiseptic. Mix 1 part of tea tree oil with 9 parts of water and gargle the solution. You may do this three times a day until the canker sore goes away.
  11. Papaya leaves. Chewing papaya leaves to release its juices is a folk remedy for canker sore. Some people swear by its efficacy for treating canker sores.
  12. Plum juice. This is another folk remedy that can speed up the healing process of a canker sore.
  13. Salt and hydrogen peroxide. Mix a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda with two ounces of hydrogen peroxide solution. Use this mixture to rinse your mouth four times a day. You may dilute it with a little water if you find the taste too strong or the tingling sensation is uncomfortable. The use of hydrogen peroxide solution is popular in canker sore treatment.
  14. Cayenne. Cayenne may be a skin irritant for some people, but it is proven to be very effective when it comes to relieving the pain brought about by canker sores. Capsaicin is a compound found in cayenne pepper. Capsaicin temporarily numbs the nerves. As a matter of fact, candies made from cayenne pepper are widely used for pain relief from mouth sores resulting from radiation and chemotherapy.
  15. Styptic pencil. This is another pain relief method. Barbers use styptic pencils for a long time to stop the bleeding from minor cuts and nicks. When a styptic pen is used on a canker sore, it will desensitize the nerves and lessen the pain.
  16. Ice. This is also another effective pain relief. Just apply an ice cube onto the canker sore. You can also swish ice water inside your mouth to numb the mouth lining and reduce the pain from the canker sore.
  17. German chamomile. This is a potent homemade pain remedy. Take caution if you have allergies to chrysanthemum, ragweed, aster, and feverfew because you cannot use chamomile. Moreover, chamomile interacts with alcohol, sedative medications, anti-clotting drugs, and anti-platelet or blood-thinning medications (like warfarin).
  18. Lady’s mantle. Alchemilla vulgaris is an herb used as a homemade remedy for mouth infections, throat infections, dysmenorrhea, and skin rashes. There are studies that prove the herb’s efficacy in treating canker sores. A glycerine gel which contains 3% extract of lady’s mantle applied three times a day relieved the pain and cured the canker sores in 75% of the 48 people who were tested. The healing period of the canker sore was reduced to three days.
  19. DGL or Deglycyrrhizinated licorice. This type of herb licorice speeds up the healing process for people with canker sores.
  20. Chlorophyll tablets. Used as blood detoxifier, chlorophyll tablets are occasionally chewed to counteract canker sores.
  21. Goldenseal powder. You can make a homemade antiseptic mouth rinse from half a teaspoon of goldenseal powder, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and a cup of warm water. Use this to rinse your mouth four times a day. Goldenseal has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help to hasten the healing of a canker sore.
  22. Vitamin E. Break off a vitamin E capsule and apply the oil directly on the lesion. This has been proven to quickly heal the canker sore. It can also even hasten the healing process of most types of external wounds.
  23. Good oral hygiene. This does not only prevent the appearance of canker sores. Good oral hygiene contributes to speedy healing of a canker sore. An important thing to note about good oral hygiene is to avoid extensive use of mouthwashes and oral antiseptics. These chemical products will disrupt the normal bacterial flora in the mouth.
  24. Supplements. The appearance of canker sores may be linked to deficiencies in vitamin B12, folic acid, zinc, iron, and the amino acid lysine. A weak immune system is also a major factor for the eruption of a canker sore. The following list may be helpful supplementation for prevention and treatment of canker sores: 
  • Vitamin B12.  Preferably 1,000 micrograms a day.
  • A vitamin-B complex containing 100 milligrams of most of the major B vitamins three times daily, with meals.
  • Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Preferably 1,000 milligrams three times per day, with meals.
  • Zinc. Preferably 50 to 100 milligrams every day.
  • Iron. Preferably 15 milligrams every day.
  • Folic acid. Preferably 400 milligrams two times a day.
  • L-Lysine. Preferably 4 grams every day for the first 4 days then reduce the dosage to 500 milligrams three times per day. This supplement must be taken in an empty stomach.
  • Acidophilus powder or capsules. Probiotics such as acidophilus supplements will restore the healthy balance of bacteria that resides in the mucous membranes of the mouth.
  1. Use over the counter medications. They come in so many forms such as lozenges, antiseptic creams, and mouth rinses. Benzocaine is usually the common active ingredient among these drugstore remedies. The following products are some of the most popular canker sore remedies you can find in the drugstore: Colgate’s Orabase with benzocaine, Oragel ointment, and pain relief from aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.), topical lidocaine, or acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc.). Here are the four types of over the counter medications used to get rid of a canker sore:
  • Numbing agents are intended to reduce the pain and discomfort of a canker sore while it is in the process of healing. They are not designed to treat the canker sore. Numbing agents simply provide relief from the symptoms of pain brought by the ulcerated oral lesion.
  • Protective films are medications that provide a membranous coating for canker sores. Coating the canker sore will prevent further damage on the lesion and the subsequent irritation that will aggravate it. These types of medications promote and enhance the natural healing process of the canker sore.
  • Products that are formulated for cleaning ulcers will help to effectively treat canker sores. A canker sore is generally considered a form of ulcer or ulceration, and cleaning away the debris which accumulates on its inflamed surface can drastically shorten the time it takes for a canker sore to heal.
  • Antibacterial products have no ability to cure the existing canker sore; they simply protect the canker sore from further infection which will worsen its condition and prevent it from healing naturally.
  1.  Prescription medication that your physician may prescribe to treat a canker sore or to provide pain relief. Some examples are steroid gels for pain relief, fluocinonide (Lidex), aphthasol topical paste (or Amlexanox), triamcinolone, and topical antibiotics with tetracycline (Achromycin). Prescription remedies for treating canker sores are classified under the following categories:
  • Anti-inflammatory medications reduce the size of canker sores so that their healing time is less.
  • Collagenase inhibiting medications prevents the formation of collagenase. Collagenase is an enzyme which breaks down collagen. This enzyme is present in very high levels in sites of canker sores.
  • Corticosteroids lessen the degree of inflammation and keep a canker sore small so it will heal more quickly. These corticosteroidal preparations normally contain triamcinolone acetonide or hydrocortisone hemisuccinate which are found to be effective in controlling painful symptoms and treating the ulcerated lesion.

by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM
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by Bronze Member on Mar. 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM

so another words nothing makes it go away just makes it feel better

by on Mar. 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM

My dd gets these every so often

by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM


by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM

There's an OTC mouthwash we use that's very effective but we also take vitamins, too for at least a week  - usually a B-complex and vitamin C.

by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Thanks for sharing

by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 6:28 PM

i get these at least once a year!

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