While no one really understands what causes canker sores, there are numerous things you can do to including trying home remedies for a canker sore.
What Do You Do If You Find Yourself With A Canker Sore?
The sores will usually go away on their own in less than a week without any kind of treatment. Of course, during this time it can be painful when eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. It seems like when anything touches one, the pain can send you through the roof.
If the pain is really beginning to bother you, you can apply over the counter medicines to it such as Oragel, Anbesol, or a number of other brands of canker sore cures. In addition, there are a number of wonderful all natural cures. Some people say that taking several Vitamin-C tablets, or Zinc tablets, is a canker sore cure.
Carbamide peroxide – Go to the pharmacist at your favorite store and ask for carbamide peroxide. What this home remedy does to relieve a sufferer of a canker sore is to release oxygen that will clean up the bacteria that initiates that canker sore. The peroxide bubbles get into the smallest crevices of the sore, while the glycerine coats and protects the affected area. Some brand names to ask for are Amosan, Cankaid and Glyoxide.
Acidophilus – Many folks are known to take 2-3 acidophilus tablets 3-4 times a day as a canker sore treatment. The key is to be sure the capsules have live cultures. Yogurt is another good option that contains the same ingredient.
Potassium chlorate – An effective home canker sore remedy. The patient just combines a teaspoon of the potassium chlorate with a cup of water and gargles with it several times each day. This should not be swallowed, just swished around in the mouth and then spat out.
Baking Soda – Canker sores and baking soda have been a good combination for many years now. Mix in a teaspoon of baking soda with some warm water and rinse in your mouth several times a day. The pain should go away within 24 hours. You can also mix the baking soda and a little water together to form a paste that you can then take and rub onto the sore itself. Canker sores and baking soda is very good remedy for those asking how to get rid of canker sores.
Plum Juice – Use 1-2 tablespoons of plum juice as a mouth wash and rinse with it for 2-3 minutes. Or, take a cotton ball soaked in plum juice and hold it against the canker sore for a few minutes.
Alum – You can find alum in any grocery store spice area. Put some alum on your lip where the sore is located and it should quickly relieve the pain. Be advised, while this treatment works, alum can cause a burning sensation for a few minutes. Rinse out with water and do this twice a day.
Wet Tea Bag – You can take a used tea bag and press it against the canker sore for several minutes. How does this help in providing relief? The tea bag contains tannic acid which helps to relieve pain and also cure the canker sore.
Orabase – A paste that works as a home remedy for a canker sore. The first step in this remedy is drying the canker sore with a cotton swab. The other end of the swab would be used to apply the orabase to the top of the sore. This home remedy only works on a canker sore that just appeared, however.
Tea Tree Oil – Mix 10% tea tree oil with 90% water and rinse in your mouth once or twice a day. Tea tree oil is well known as being a great skin disinfectant.
Sorrel – Place a piece of sorrel up against your sore until it becomes wet and soggy. What the sorrel will do is relieve the pain immediately and help in healing it. Sorrel has been used for many different skin problems for many years.
Salt Water – This is another well known canker sore cure. Mix a tablespoon of salt in with some warm water and rinse several times throughout the day. Salt is well known for its ability to dry up a canker sore.
Onion – Although I’ve not tried it, people swear by this canker sore treatment. Take a chunk of raw onion and hold it against the infected sore for a few minutes.
Milk of magnesia or Mylanta – Can be used as home remedies for canker sores by swishing them around in your mouth to add a protective coating to the canker sore. They both have antibacterial effects as well.
Copper Sulfate – This canker sore remedy is an old one. Copper Sulfate is known as an astringent. Be prepared, it will burn for a moment once you apply it, but as a canker sore treatment, it flat out works. The sore should disappear within two days at most.
Sage – You can take sage and make it into a tea. Use the tea as a mouthwash and rinse your mouth with it several times per day. American Indians have used sage extensively over the years as a medical treatment for skin ailments.
Other remedies for canker sores are over the counter medicines that have camphor, benzocaine, menthol, eucalyptol or alcohol – or a combination of any of these – in gel or liquid form. These might sting when first applied to the canker sore and you will have to keep applying them because they don’t adhere to the canker sore.
As a preventative rather than home remedy for canker sores try yogurt. 4 tablespoons four times a day has an antibacterial effect. Yogurt is also used to ward off yeast infections.