Canker Sores
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Cure Canker Sores with Inexpensive Home Remedies

Salt  

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Posted by Sherry (Saginaw, Mich.) on 02/11/2009
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I'm subject to ulcers on the roof of my mouth. I try to avoid prescription meds. I recently discovered that swishing warm salt water in my mouth after brushing was very effective. Bananas are quite effective too. Recently, my gums and roof of my mouth both hurt horribly! Out came the salt water. I'd also read in "You, the owner's manual,"that taking 81mg. baby aspirin is extremely helpful. The problem is nearly gone, and I'm sleeping better, too! I can't ask for more!

Replied by Grace
Hardy, Va
01/19/2016

Use 1/2 teaspoons of salt and mix it with 1/4 a cup of water and the pain will go away. It doesn't get rid of the canker sore, but the pain goes away long enough to eat. I suggest doing it right before eating, but you can do it however many times you want to during the day. It really helps.

Replied by Tg
Usa
03/20/2016

Today, I got several bumps on the roof of my mouth. They didn't hurt, but just 4 bumps. As the day went on, several opened up and are now sores. I expect to get others, since it seems I can feel them coming on. I've had these before and they stay 5 days or so, making it hard to eat because of the pain. I just mixed up salt water and held it in my mouth then. But now I have a job and can't sit there with a mouthful of saltwater. Any suggestions? And, any ideas why they appear? I'm not eating anything different, but my ibs is really acting up and this seems to be a trigger. I've also had tingling fingers for 2 days, do you think it could be related? ( I think the fingers is due to hard gardening work, gripping my tools, that I'm not used to).


Posted by Morgan (Dekalb, Illinois USA) on 11/02/2008
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Yes, salt does work....but it hurts like crazy!!!! I get canker sours DAILY.. i try numming it but that doesnt make it go away....salt does...i would not put on a small childs canker though......as i said before..it hurts! i have not tryed baking soda..i will and then i will see if it works! :):)


Posted by Alexis Carlino (Conway, South Carolina) on 12/20/2007
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I occasionally get canker sores every now and then. One day about 6 years ago I asked my grandmother, "grandma do you know how to get rid of a canker sore?!" She told me to either gargle some salt water or dab a little bit of salt directly on the sore. Of course it will burn and sting enough to make you want to possibly just bite your tounge, but after a minute or two the pain from the salt and canker sore subsides. Keep applying the salt each time the pain may come back, and soon enough your canker sore will be gone.


Posted by Carlie (Dallas, TX) on 11/23/2006
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I think that if you put on enough salt at night, by the morning it should be gone. I use sea salt though!:-) if you use table salt it might be different.


Posted by Bea (Philippines) on 11/10/2006
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I had several canker sores on my tongue and cheeks which made eating difficult. It was painful! I tried the salt-water remedy and in 3 days, the sores are gone! Thanks


Posted by Al (Staples, MN) on 01/07/2006
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two words: salt water! Don't believe me, try it


Posted by Jorge (Altoona, IA) on 10/13/2005
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What you do is get a cotton swab with salt it won't cure it for a while but it will make it stop hurting. Also you can light up a match, blow it out and then put it on your canker sore and it will be gone in one to two days.


Silver Nitrate Sticks  

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Posted by Chelsea (Bloomington, IN) on 08/23/2008
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I work in a dentist office and whenever I get a horrible canker sore I use Silver Nitrate Sticks. It burns for a little bit but then forms a wet scab over the area. I asked one of the Dentist at the office I work in why this works; and he said he had heard at in a CE class that it's because the canker sore is cause by a virus and the body does not heal the virus it just runs its course, so the Silver Nitrate injures the area, causing the body to heal itself. Although it stings and makes your mouth taste a little like an ashtray for about five minutes, it's totally worth it.

Replied by Grandadu
Chillicothe, Ohio
01/05/2012

Where can I obtain silver nitrate sticks?


Posted by Mary (Houston, Texas) on 04/25/2008
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When I underwent chemotherapy, I would also get mouth ulcers. The doctor gave me a prescription for a mouthwash, but it was useless. Rather than suffer for days with mouth ulcers, I decided to cauterize them using silver nitrate sticks. Yes, this is painful but only for seconds as compared to 10 days of daily suffering with mouth ulcers.


Sore Throat Spray  

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Posted by Christian (Morristown, MN) on 02/09/2009
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I used a generic sore throat spray with antiseptic in it. Sprayed it right on my canker sore, and it stopped hurting right away, a few hours later, it was slowly shrinking... about 24 hours later, it was completely gone. It also helps that the pain goes away almost instantly with it too, since it is a numbing solution.


Supplements  

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Posted by Connie (Slc, Utah, Usa) on 12/12/2011
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Hi All ; It's been a 45 yr. search for me. I hope to shorten your suffering. I'll just give you the answer first, or the one that worked for me. Folate/Folic Acid. I need extra, more than the RDA of 400 mcg. , I need 800 mcg. daily in a supplement.

Canker sores are a common sign of B12 deficiency, so that's another supplement to consider, especially when one takes Folate, because they are interdependent. Sublinguals are easier for the body to use than oral types. I take large quantities, but I believe most people may need less. Supplements work best when we find our own numbers. My guess is that most people will respond to 500-1000 mcg. daily.

Zinc is another supplement that is suggested for canker sores. The RDA is approx. 15 mg. Daily. When I look at the zinc content of foods, it seems difficult to consume that amount, so I supplement with it, 15mg. 2-3 times weekly. But I'm considering a test just to see if I'm in the range somewhere.

Folate may also help with other lesions/ulcerations along the GI tract, I've read.

I wish I could give this information to my 10 yr. old self, when I lay crumpled on the bathroom floor with a stick of silver nitrate that only made the pain worse....


Tea Bags  

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Posted by Craig (PORTLAND, OR) on 12/09/2008
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Has anyone ever heard of using tea leaves to resolve a canker sore? I have tried it in the past and it has worked and I was wondering if anyone else had used this technique.


Posted by Brijette (Bettendorf, Iowa)
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My husband told me to put a tea bag on my canker sore. It definitely took away the pain! As for curing it, I think it speeded up the process. The tea bag remedy is good for any type of mouth sores because of the pain relieving effect. I usually use black tea, simply because that's what I have around most of the time. Green tea also works, and I'm sure any kind will probably do the trick. It is not necessary to steep the tea first, however it does work better if the bag is already wet before applying. If the strong taste is too much for you, drinking brewed tea also works if you swish it around over the canker sore while you drink it. However, it's been my experience that the tea bag directly on the sore is much more effective.


Posted by Brenda
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First, the tea bag, was very helpful in the healing process it definitely made the pain disappear in minutes as for the peroxide,i would use this as a last resort, but it does work! The tea bag was very successful! try it! it most definitely works! Use the peroxide as a last resort!


Tea Tree Oil  

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Posted by Heidi (Van Nuys, Ca, Usa) on 09/09/2010
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Yay - My second painful canker sore just showed up yesterday, and last night it woke me up from my sleep. I tried dobbing some tea tree oil on it with a q-tip, and the pain was immediately eased enough to get back to sleep. I don't know if it will help speed the healing, but it does certainly help a great deal with the pain!



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