Canker sores are those red or whited coated painful mouth ulcers you may notice inside your mouth. These bothersome sores suddenly crop up, as if out of nowhere:
Canker sores differ from cold sores or fever blisters in that those occur outside your mouth. Also, a chancre sore is a completely different health issue as well. A canker sore ulcer can be caused by either a bacteria or virus, but they are not contagious.
Unfortunately, little is known about what actually triggers a canker sore outbreak, but some believe they are caused as a result of:
Your canker sores will usually go away in the absence of treatment.
For relief of those painful canker sores, try taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen. To avoid your mouth ulcer irritation you can try directly applying:
This might offer some pain relief while you eat, drink or brush your teeth.
Some home remedies for treatment, that reportedly help with canker’s healing and/or pain, include:
- swishing salt water around in your mouth
- aloe vera gel applied topically or aloa vera juice swishing
- apply a small amount of milk of magnesia directly 3 x daily
- apply 1 part hydrogen peroxide/1 part water directly on your canker sore with a cotton swab
- swishing a mixture of equal amounts of Milk of Magnesia and Benadryl Allergy in your mouth 3 times daily
And folks, please don’t swallow any of your swishing fusions, spit them out.
Also, some use these natural remedies to help their canker sores heal faster:
- lysine supplements
- vitamin C supplements
- sucking on zinc lozenges
- sage/chamomile mouthwash
- vitamin B complex supplements
No science support for these remedies, yet one never knows unless one gives it a whirl.
If your canker sore is large, painful or doesn’t heal, pay a visit to your doctor. There exists stronger treatment relief by way of a prescription anti-inflammatory or collagenase inhibitor remedy.
Some suggestions to discourage canker sores from forming are:
- don’t chew gum
- avoid spicy foods
- use a toothpaste that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate
Although a canker sore is not hazardous to your health, the mere presence of a mouth ulcer sure can be painfully annoying.