Natural Remedies for Canker Sores

Aphthous ulcer, a medical term used for canker sore is a sore anywhere inside your mouth or near throat. Canker sores may appear because of a cut or tissue injury inside mouth or they may also appear without any reason. Canker sores can appear inside of your lips, tongue and cheeks that make it very painful for a person to talk or eat. Sometime these sores are inherited to children and run in family. Canker sores are considered as one of the most painful type of sores and create lot of problem for the person, as it makes it difficult for you to eat properly. Some people even find it hard to talk due to severe pain in mouth especially if canker sore appears on tongue or lips.

Canker sores can take 14 to 60 days before disappearing and may sometime leave a scar behind. Medical Statistics shows that 20% of population suffers from canker sores at any point in their life. Canker sores mostly appear in women and are most common in the people who are between 10 to 40 years of age.

Even though causes of canker sores are still not known to medical science but research and trends show that most women experience canker sores at the time of their menstrual period. Doctors also identify stress as a possible reason for canker sores as some youngsters get canker sores just before their examinations. Medical researchers also consider deficiency of Vitamin B12, iron and folic acid in human body as a reason for canker sores.

As canker sores are very painful, people seek quick and fast solutions to get rid of canker sores as soon as possible. In most cases, there is no need to visit doctor for cure as hundreds of homemade and natural remedies are available that can cure or reduce pain in quick time.

In case of canker sores, prevention is very important as once you get canker sore, it takes at least 14 days to heal no matter what remedy you apply on your canker sore. Most of the remedies can only relieve pain for sometime. Many people who suffer from canker sores frequently use remedies that help them in preventing any future canker sore. These remedies for preventing future canker sores may include use of tooth pastes especially made to prevent canker sores (like Rembrandt Extra Gentle). It is also recommended to use toothpaste that do not produce lot of foam inside mouth as it contributes in irritating canker sore and can increase your pain. Tooth paste with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is strictly forbidden for canker sore patients.

To relive extreme pain during canker sores, you can rinse your mouth with salt water. You can also apply salt directly to your sore that may burn your sore and can increase pain but it helps in killing the infection. You can also include one capsule of goldenseal along with salt in water and can use the solution for mouth rinse twice a day. You can also use aloe juice for rinsing your mouth. Another effective solution to rinse your mouth is a mixture of warm water and liquid Grapefruit seed extract. Grapefruit seed extract is very effective in curing infections. You can also use solution of water and hydrogen peroxide for the same purpose.

Applying Baking Soda on canker sore is initially painful and you feel like something is burning inside your mouth, but it really works fast to heal your sore.

Some doctors suggest keeping tea bags in your mouth for long period of time. This remedy worked for many people in relieving pain as well as quick healing of canker sores.  Onions are also effective for canker sores and raw onions can be applied directly to canker sore. You can also apply alum directly on canker sores.

Many people feel a tingle almost 24 to 48 hours before canker sore appear inside their mouth. If you feel such itch in your mouth, apply anti fungal cream inside your mouth as soon as possible as it may help you in killing the sore before it takes hold in your mouth. You can also take some medicines to boost your immune system when you feel itching in your mouth to get your immune system ready to fight back canker sore before it even started.

When canker sore appears in your mouth, you need to remove acidic and spicy foods, coffee and citrus fruits from your daily diet as such food can increase your pain. It is also recommended to avoid animal protein, oily and sweet foods, salty foods and dairy products. You can increase use of papaya in your diet during canker sores including chewing of papaya leaves. Add foods that are rich in vitamin B in your daily diet like green leaf vegetables and whole grain. Eat yogurt with every meal if possible. Yogurt not only helps in healing of a canker sore but it also prevents occurrence of canker sores.

It is also recommended to have a better psychological health during canker sores for quick relief from the condition. Stress and tension only contributes in prolonging your pain and life of canker sore in your mouth.

There are also some vitamin supplements that can help in quick healing of canker sore. One of the most effective vitamin supplements in case of canker sore is B- 100 B complex vitamin. Intake of vitamin C, vitamin B complex and zinc lozenges may also promote rapid healing of canker sore.

Another natural remedy for temporary relief from pain caused by canker sore is to use solution of magnesia milk and Banadryl Allergy liquid. You can take one tea spoon of the solution. Keep the solution for one minute in your mouth than spew out the solution. It can relieve a pain for at least 4 to 6 hours.

Even though, canker sores are hard to cure quickly but discussed natural remedies can build up the healing process and can relieve your pain. These remedies can make your life easier with canker sore and can create less irritation in your mouth.