Canker sores are very painful and quite irritating because of how sensitive they are. While they usually heal on their own within a week, there are some remedies that can speed up this process and lower down the discomfort that the sores are causing.
In addition to over-the-counter medications, people can also use home remedies to deal with canker sores and heal them up quickly. Continue reading to find out which remedies are the best when it comes to dealing with canker sores.
What Are Canker Sores?
Canker sores are small ulcers that form inside the mouth. They usually appear grey or white with reddish edges. They will usually appear around the soft parts of your mouth, such as the inside of your cheeks, the tongue, and inside the lips. The medical term for this condition is RAS or recurrent aphthous stomatitis, and they will appear in your mouth again and again as time goes on.
They aren’t contagious and gradually heal themselves in a week at most. They can either appear alone or in clusters, and measure no more than 1 cm in diameter. However, there are rarer and much severe forms of canker sores that are bigger, last for up to two weeks, and can cause scarring around the affected area as well.
Home Remedies for Canker Sores
Like we mentioned earlier, canker sores will heal on their own within a week or so, but if you want to get rid of them sooner, you can use any of the following remedies:
OTC (Over-the-Counter) Patch or Gel
You can find plenty of OTC gels or patches that can be applied directly to the ulcer. The gels help prevent the canker sore from getting irritated by any acidic or spicy foods, and also prevents them from being accidently touched.
Special bandages or patches are also applied on canker sores and protect them from becoming irritated or infected. They are made to stick inside the mouth and will help speed up the healing process.
One can also use an OTC mouth rinse to clean the affected area and get relief from the pain and discomfort brought about by the ulcer. Make sure to only use a mouth rinse that has anti-sceptic properties to numb the inside of your mouth and prevent infections.
This one serves as a more natural alternative to the mouth rinse. The salt solution can also be effective in providing relief from the pain and discomfort brought about by canker sores. However, the salt rinse should not be used in place of medicated mouthwash when needed.
Vitamin B12 Supplements
This might seem like a very unusual option, but research has shown that vitamin B12 can reduce the pain caused by canker sores. In addition to this, taking vitamin B12 supplements can also lower down the number of outbreaks as well as the number of ulcers experienced by a person per month.
Chamomile Tea with Honey
Honey and chamomile have both been used for medical reasons for centuries. They have also been noted to help heal up canker sores by reducing pain and inflammation. However, the scientific evidence to back up this claim is still limited, so they should not be used as replacements for traditional medicine when dealing with canker sores.
Honey may contain anti-septic properties and it can be applied directly on your canker sores. It can be mixed with chamomile tea, which needs to be cooled off a bit before drinking. Chamomile on the other hand contains anti-inflammatory properties.
One can use chamomile tea as a remedy for canker sores by rinsing the mouth with it after it has been cooled off. You can also soak a chamomile tea bag in warm water and have it applied directly on the canker sore.
Yes, canker sores are a real pain – figuratively and literally – but they can be dealt with thanks to these simple, but effective home remedies.