Home Remedies for Canker Sores
Canker sores are whitish oval formations that may appear inside your mouth – and are quite common. While they are fairly temporary, and normally last less than a week, canker sores can be irritating and may even hinder your ability to speak properly. While the causes of canker sores are debated, some medical practitioners believe that environmental and hereditary factors play a major role. One thing is certain though, there are some home remedies for canker sores which can be used to prevent canker sores and make them disappear faster.
Treating Canker Sores the Natural Way – Home Remedies for Canker Sores
Thankfully, there is a natural method of aiding canker sores, which is excellent news for those who suffer from them frequently. Although canker sores get better without any medication or treatment, you can help quicken their disappearance with these natural home remedies for canker sores:
Gargle with salt water – Mix a tablespoon of salt in one glass of warm water. This will help ease the discomfort that you feel and make the canker sore heal faster. Gargle for about 10-30 seconds. You can do this as many times a day as you wish.
Consume Vitamin C rich foods – Vitamin C helps in better cell reproduction and repair, so it will aid greatly in treating the canker sore (as well as boosting overall immunity).
Stay away from hot foods – Try to eat colder foods as hot foods will cause a burning sensation in your mouth. Try to also avoid eating spicy foods as well, as it will cause the same effect on the canker sore. You also should avoid all ‘scratchy foods’, as they could touch the canker sore causing you discomfort or pain.
Use cayenne pepper – Cayenne is usually used in sweets. It contains capsaicin, which helps relieve the pain.
Wash with aloe – Cut the aloe leaf and take the juicy part of it. Use it as a wash to help disinfect the area. You can do this as many times as you want.
Apply ice – If the canker sore is making you feel very uncomfortable, ice can help you relieve the pain.
These home remedies for canker sores may not take care of the problem overnight, but they will help accelerate the recovery process.
Natural Society staff contribution