No matter their cause, canker sores are painful. They can occur on your tongue, gums and inside your lips and cheeks. Allergies, stress, a weak immune system, excessive smoking, infections, anemia, food allergies and injuries are among the causes that trigger these painful sores. When you get them, all you want to do is to rid of them. That’s absolutely natural. Thanks to the following home remedies, you can reduce your pain and allow your canker sores to heal.
Canker sores affect 20 percent of the general population and are among the most common inflammatory conditions that occur in the mouth. Although they can affect anyone, women have a higher risk of getting them.
Without being contagious, canker sores are an ulcer of the mucous membrane inside the mouth and appear like a red lesion with a yellow or white center. They are accompanied by pain, inflammation, fever, a burning sensation, and swollen lymph nodes.
Canker sores should not be confused with fever blisters and cold sores. They usually disappear in 10 days without treatment. If you go for the following home remedies, though, you can reduce pain, inflammation and heal the canker sore more quickly.
This simple home remedy is known for being alkaline. This means that it will neutralize the acids that irritate the canker sore. It will help your sore to heal more rapidly because it also kills bacteria. Using it is as simple as possible. Just mix 1/2 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon baking soda and then use this solution to rinse your mouth.
If tea is your morning coffee, noon break or evening delight, next time you have a cup of your favorite tea, don’t throw the bag. Just like baking soda, tea is alkaline, which means it will neutralize acids. Plus, certain compounds in the tea may help you reduce your canker sore pain. Just apply a damp tea bag to the affected area, leave it for 5 minutes and then remove it.
Aloe vera is known for being helpful in many health conditions. People call it the “first-aid plant” thanks to its healing and soothing properties. Use a cotton swab to dry the canker sore, slice an aloe leaf and apply its gel on the affected area. Repeat this as often as you need.
Thanks to its compounds, sage reduces inflammation and kills viruses and bacteria. Just boil some water and add 2 teaspoons of dried sage to a cup of this water. Cover it and let it cool. Rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with this tea. You can also apply the tea directly to your canker sore.
This one remedy will help you neutralize the acids in your mouth that could make the canker sores worse. You can simply rinse your mouth with it or apply it directly to the affected area. Use a cotton swab to dab the milk directly on the sore. Repeat it 3 to 4 times a day.
You’re very likely to have heard of it or even have used it. Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful disinfectant. Using it will prevent your canker sore from getting infected. Simply rinse your mouth with the hydrogen peroxide just like you do with your mouthwash but make sure you don’t swallow it.
You can also mix 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 cup of water. Use this mixture to rinse your mouth. The baking soda will neutralize the acids in your mouth while salt and hydrogen peroxide will help the canker sore to heal.
You can find licorice tea in many health-food stores and use it to treat your canker sore. Just boil a cup of water, add a tea bag and keep it covered for 10 minutes. Simply drink after that.
Vitamin E is among the home remedies you can go for when suffering from canker sores. Just take a capsule of vitamin E and use a bit of the liquid inside it on your canker sore. This should prevent your sore from getting infected and will, thus, help it heal more rapidly.
Sometimes, rinsing your water with salt water will be enough for your canker sores to heal and become history. Use salt water to rinse your mouth for about 30 seconds. This will help you heal open wounds like canker sores as well as abscesses.
Tums, Rolaids, and Pepto-Bismol tablets will help you heal your canker sore. Munch a chewable tablet like the ones just mentioned or simply apply one to the affected area and let it dissolve. They will neutralize the acids that make your canker sore hurt. Make sure you check the label to learn more about the dosage.
Thanks to its soothing, antibacterial and antiseptic properties, the honey is a great soothing home remedy. You can simply use a teaspoon of honey and apply it around the affected area. This will reduce the pain although it will hurt a bit at the beginning. Repeat it several times a day.
You can also mix ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder with a teaspoon of honey. Apply the mixture on the canker sore, leave it for a few minutes and then use lukewarm water to rinse your mouth. Repeat this remedy twice a day.
Since it comes packed with antibacterial and antiseptic properties, the tea tree oil is a strong skin disinfectant that will help you speed up the healing process. Just mix 10 drops of tea tree oil with a glass of water and rinse your mouth with it. Repeat it 3-4 times a day. You can also add 2 two drops of tea tree oil to a ½ tablespoon of water. Apply the solution to the affected area. Go for this remedy 2 to 3 times a day.