Canker Sores are small and painful ulcers that occur inside the mouth, lips, throat or tongue which can cause so much pain when one ingests food or water.
Canker sores appear as a round, oval, white or yellowish lesion with a red border.
Most canker sores require no treatment and can heal on their own.
They can be caused by multiple factors including injury to the mouth, acidic foods, food sensitivities, diets low in vitamins, allergy to bacteria, autoimmune disorders, smoking, emotional stress, certain drugs (NSAIDs, Aspirin, Sulfa drugs, Immunosuppressant, Antibiotics and more) among other immune system weakness such as cold or flu.
Canker sores appear in various sizes;
Minor sores which are the most common type, measure from 3mm to 10mm and lasts about 10 to 14 days before healing on its own without scarring.
Major sores are rare and measure more than 10mm. They may take weeks or months to heal and can leave a scar after healing
Herpetiform sores are characterized by multiple sores made up of small sores ranging from 2-3mm. They take a longer time and tend to also heal without scarring.
There are certain home remedies to get rid of canker sores. Check out these ten home remedies;
- Avoid acidic foods such as spicy foods or citrus fruits that may aggravate the sore(s).
- Brush gently and use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Avoid toothpaste or mouthwash that contain sodium tauryl sulfate.
- Apply topical medications directly on the sore in order to relieve the pain or inflammation.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water or mix one teaspoon of baking soda per ½ cup water and rinse your mouth with it.
- Use Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex and Lysine when lesions first apply to speed up healing.
- Carrots, cantaloupe juices and celery can also be used.
- Infuse sage and chamomile herbs in water; use as a mouthwash four to six times daily.
- Dissolve ice chips slowly in your mouth to relieve the pain or inflammation.
- Use goldenseal mouth rinse, deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) mixed in water as well as saltwater rinses.
People who experience canker sores frequently are advised to visit a medical health professional to be diagnosed for a possible underlying medical condition. It is also advised that you consult a doctor before using any of these home remedies.