6 Natural Home Remedies To Ease And Treat Painful Canker Sores

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These home remedies for canker sores can help you to get rid of canker sores quickly. People often confuse canker sores and cold sores and they are not the same thing.

Cold sores are caused by a virus, and is a gathering of pus filled little blisters that typically occur outside of the mouth around the lips. Cold sores are sometimes called fever blisters. They are caused by Herpes Simplex 1.

Canker sores are painful like cold sores but they are found inside the cheeks, on the back of the soft palette, the tongue or the gums. The sores are usually small and white. They are grayish in color, with an angry looking red ring around them.

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Symptoms Of Canker Sores

Typically before the sore appears as a full blown sore, you may experience a tingling sensation with some pain when you move your mouth.  There may be only one or two sores, or sometimes in more severe cases, there can be a cluster.

You may experience a great deal of pain once the sore blooms and make it very uncomfortable to chew, speak or even smile. In very severe cases the canker sore can become infected and you may experience fevers from the infection.

Home Remedies For Canker Sores

There are several different home remedies for canker sores that can help to reduce the amount of time that you have to deal with this painful condition.  These home remedies will help to treat and prevent canker sores:

  • Salt water rinse:  Dissolve 1 teaspoon full of seasalt in very warm water and rinse your mouth thoroughly. Do this 3 or 4 times a day. The salt water has two effects. It is a mild analgesic and it will also act as a cleansing solution and antibacterial. This practice will ensure that the canker sore does not become infected.
  • Baking soda rinse:  Dissolve 1 teaspoon full of baking soda in very warm water. This has similar effects that the salt water has, minus the overly salty taste.
  • Milk of Magnesia:  You can rinse with milk of magnesia or just dab it on. It will calm the pain of the canker sore and help to heal it. Milk of magnesia has essential nutrients that are key in healing the canker sore.
  • Apply ice:  Use ice on the canker sore to reduce the inflammation and to numb the area to reduce the pain. You can let chipped ice dissolve in your mouth if you do not have a big ice cube in your mouth.
  • Adjust your diet:  While you are dealing with the canker sore you want to cut out acidic foods and drinks. Avoid citrus, spicy or vinegar based foods as they will only irritate and further inflame the canker sore.
  • Practice good oral health:  Canker sores can be prevented by taking time to practice good oral health care. A balanced diet can also prevent canker sores. Stress can actually trigger canker sores so if you see that canker sores and stress are going hand-in-hand, take steps to reduce the stress in your life.  If you wear braces of have orthodontic devices take care to protect your mouth from cuts and rubs.

Keep In Mind

Canker sores can be recurring but they do not have to be. In other words just because you have had an episode it does not mean that you will ever get one again. Unlike cold sores that constantly reoccur, canker sores do not.  If you notice that there is anything that you are doing that can be associated with the canker sore breakouts you can just adjust your behavior so you never have to deal with it again.

On the upside of things canker sores are not forever. They only last about a week but if you try these home remedies for canker sores so you can get the relief that you need.



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About Sara Ding

Sara Ding is the founder of Juicing-for-Health.com. She is a certified Wellness Health Coach, Nutritional Consultant and a Detox Specialist. She helps busy men and women identify their health issues at the root cause, in order to eliminate the problems for optimum physical/mental health and wellbeing.


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