Home Remedies For Cold Sores

Hope that this work will help as the following article is meant to be of great aid to you. Cold sores hurt you! Emotionally, psychologically, and physically, they hurt on a daily basis. The more you worry about your cold sores, the worse they will become. They create a low self-esteem and a bad self-image, hindering you from enjoying and share-out your talents and abilities with others.

Herpes simplex viruses are contagious during outbreak but can spread infection before and after out breaking period. Do not give cold sores as gift to others as it is very contagious. If you have an active lesion, you can spread the virus to other people in all sorts of ways, sharing drinking cups or eating utensils with others, including using a towel other people are going to be using, touching your cold sore, and then touching someone else with your hand, sneezing, coughing and kissing will lead to the transmission of the HSV-1 in a person. A kid can get this virus through a parental contact. So avoid kissing, sharing towels and washing your hands frequently. You should be careful about this.

During an outbreak, you can easily spread the virus to somebody else. You can easily spread cold sores to other areas of your body, such as your eyes. Fever blisters on the cornea can cause blindness. Avoid the itching temptation to touch the sore with your fingers. Once you've contracted the virus, a lot of things can trigger a cold sore "attack," including stress and exposure to the sun. A fever can also cause cold sores to spring up, which is why they are sometimes named fever blisters.
There are a few tips to avoid cold sores. Have a healthy diet with fresh and unprocessed foods, take a multivitamin, eat foods high in vitamin C or take a daily supplement, stay out of the sun or limit exposure, get enough rest and drink plenty of fluids, avoid intake of soft drinks, sugar and caffeine.

Home remedies for cold sores are probably your best course of action against this painful herpes sore. Here are some of the best home remedies for cold sores. Some home remedies for cold sores work best if taken internally. Some are better used externally as a topical treatment.

TEA. Apply a tea bag over the cold sores. Tannic acid, an antiviral agent that can be found in tea is effective for cold sore treatment. For speedy healing, once the sore opens up, warm moist tea bags cannot be beat. The warmth brings healing blood to the wound and tea liquid has some strong healing properties also.

ICE. Ice is the most universal home remedies for cold sores. It relieves pain and reduces swelling. Start using it as soon as the itching starts. Do not use it once the sore blossoms as it slows the healing process.

Healthy diet. Any infection can decrease with proper consumption of healthy diet. To reduce the infections try to include notorious and healthy food. Along with the proper diet exercise and adequate amount of rest is also necessary.

Therefore, you have to supplement your diet with vitamins, antioxidants, nutrition's, exercise and sleep. High intake of arginine food like peanuts, chocolates, peas, grains, oatmeal, seeds and whole-wheat products should be avoided. Regular diet need to be supplemented with vitamins and nutrition's.

You can use a cream which will help heal the cold sore while reducing inflammation and soreness, such as tea tree oil or lemon balm.

By trying some of the suggested home remedies for cold sores you can find out what particular steps work for you and over time fine-tune your own personal home remedies for cold sore.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are better remedies for cold sore. home remedies?
    I am living alone in a suburb and its problem for me to go to doctor for my cold sore treatment. I am looking for some good home remedies for cold sore.

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sore can be cured within 3 days completely if you follow the simple home remedies said in the below book link.
      I cured my cold sore in the same way and I am very much satisfied with the remedies said in this book.

  2. QUESTION:
    home remedies for cold sores that work?
    I woke up this morning with my bottom lip swollen and in great pain from cold sores. I took the day off do to the pain. I have looked up online some of the home remedies but want to know witch ones that work FAST

    • ANSWER:
      Treat the cold sore topically. Dab tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic, at either full or half strength directly on blisters several times a day.

      Place something cold on your blisters to help reduce irritation and pain. Whether you are sucking on a Popsicle or rubbing an ice cube directly on the sore, a little blast of cold is certain to help in a pinch

      Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    home remedies for cold sores and imflammation?
    i lip is so puffed up from my cold sore. i took ibuprofen and have been putting ice on it.its still at the beginning stage. any home remedies? please dont say abreeva, i know that but cant afford it. also, only tell me remedies that you personally have used and had success with.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      L-Lysine is once of the most effective things for speeding up recovery from cold sores - it did better in clinical trials than any of the prescription drugs for treating cold sores. You have to take 1250mg per day for it to be effective.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for cold sores?
    I have a huge cold sore on my lip and I need a home remedy do get rid of it quick or a way to make it small enough for people not to notice
    please help asap
    xellie

    • ANSWER:
      Try The Canker Spanker, I love, love, love it! It's super fast on healing cold sores and can be used to prevent the little suckers. Good luck, you can find it online.

  5. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for cold sores?
    I got cold sores on my inner bottom lip from my braces. I have 2 small cold sores and i want to get rid of them.

    Does anyone know any good home remedies for cold sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Those are canker sores. Cold sores are caused by a virus, while canker sores are caused by something irritating your inside lip.

      The best "home remedy" would be to eat soft, cold food that doesn't irritate your canker sore (ice cream?), and to handle stress. Studies have shown that stress tends to coincide with more canker sores.

      Be gentle with your canker sore when brushing!

  6. QUESTION:
    What are home remedies for cold sores and acne?
    Please only mention remedies with basic products that anybody would have at home. Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      There is this new popular cream that people have been talking about.

      It prevents future and existing acne, diminishes scars, and lightens skin and blemishes. Fast results too! (It's been claimed that major results can be seen within a week and no later than two weeks)

      Before and After photos are available at the given ebay site.

      This person is providing 1-3 week trial samples (Only for ONE DOLLAR.. definitely a deal) on ebay at:

      Search up "Cee En's Acne Solution" on ebay.

      First 100 customers can get the item for for one week trial and up to 3 weeks. Or you can purchase 1 month supply for or 6 month supply for 0

      It's expensive, but the product DOES work.

      My sister and cousin who both have major acne have tried the product and they both give it thumbs up. I have also heard many great feedbacks about this cream.

      I don't have a problem with acne, but it seems to have great results on my sister who has moderate to severe acne. Her acne swelling went away overnight.

      check the seller's feedbacks on the cream

      I hope this helps. =)

  7. QUESTION:
    home remedies for cold sores?
    i have a cold sore on my bottom lip, it was tingly yesterday and now u can see it. any home remedies that will help? i dont have any money to get anything at the store right now. i would like for it to go away in the next day or so! thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      First DO NOT use peroxide, it doesn't help in fact it will make it worse

      use vaseline or chapstick, and let it heal,

      there is nothing other than herpecine, Valtrex cream, or abreva that you could use

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some natural home remedies for cold sores?
    Omg I woke up and had these blisters and they hurt neverrrrrrr had it to this extent ughh!! Please I need to get rid of these I have classes and this is so unattractive.
    Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Try Quantum superLysine ointment cold sore treatment and super Immune Astragalus/olive leaf Lysine. They works great.

  9. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any home remedies for cold sores?
    I can feel it just coming, is there something I can put on it know to stop it from coming?

    • ANSWER:
      try the website :

      http://www.health911.com/remedies/rem_coldso.htm

      it has loads of remedies.
      or you can go to the chemist and ask for some cold sore cream, it works best if you apply it as soon as you notice it.

      Good luck

  10. QUESTION:
    Do you know any home remedies for cold sores?
    I have medicine but it isn't working. And I need them gone quick!

    • ANSWER:
      JUST TRUST ME

      Alright miss. I am about to tell you the worlds best way and most kept secret in getting rid of a cold sore . As soon as you see it appear pop it carefully with a needle and soak all the liquid out be using toilet paper . never reuse it throw it away and keep using new pieces of toilet paper. make sure you squeeze all of it out! now heres the main thing after doing all that spray a few sprays of hairspray on a piece of toilet paper and soak the cold sore with it. Do this twice a day ! You cold sore will be gone before you know it!!!! and this also keeps it from getting any bigger ....TRUST ME THIS IS THE BIGGEST SECRET OF GETTING RID OF THEM!

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a home remedy for cold sores?
    I have seen things on-line that claim you can completely heal cold sores forever with home remedies but I would like to know what they are and if anyone has experience with this.

    • ANSWER:
      I've never had one, but a friend says when she feels her lip starting to tingle she puts ice on it for 20 minutes and never develops a sore.

  12. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for cold sores?
    When I was a kid my friends mother mixed me up some herbs and I drank it as a tea,
    Ive searched herbal shops ect and cannot find anything that worked as well as it did, I would drink it before bed and the cold sore would fall off in the morning.

    Does anyone know what this herbal tea might have consisted of please?

    • ANSWER:
      Take a 'Green Tea' bag. Hot and wet (not dripping). Hot enough to stand it (don't scorch yourself!). Place it there until it gets cold. Do that awhile. Green tea is an antioxidant, and this will Draw it out, too.
      Green Tea is a miracle herb!

  13. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for cold sores.I have to get rid of one by the weekend.?

    • ANSWER:
      saltwater

  14. QUESTION:
    does anyone knows of any home remedies for cold sores?
    I woke up today and i felt a little tingle pain when i looked beneath my chin i saw a red spot...that looks like the first sign of cold sore...does anyone know of anything that i can maybe try at home to get rid of it cefore it starts to develop and gets any worst

    • ANSWER:
      acetone!!!! before it is an actual sore... put a drop on a cotton ball and press it against the spot that hurts.

  15. QUESTION:
    Does anyone knows of any home remedies for cold sores?
    I FELT A LITTLE TINGLE PAIN AND WHEN I LOOKED BENEATH MY LIP...I SAW A RED SPOT...AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE DEVELOPING OF A COLD SORE...WHAT CAN I DO TO GET RID OF IT BEFORE IT GETS ANY WORST?

    P.S:PLEASE GIVE ME SOMETHING SIMPLE THAT I CAN DO AT
    HOME

    • ANSWER:
      What I have always told my friends to use and it always worked, is powdered Alum. You will find it in the spice aisle at the grocery store. Not very expensive. Used in pickling sometimes. Make sure to buy the powdered, not the granular. Wet the tip of your finger, dip it in the Alum and dab on your cold sore. Repeat as needed. What it does is allows the cold sore to dry out so it can heal. Taste like crud, will make your lips pucker, but it works. Make sure to keep this Alum in the medicine cabinet. And mark it medicinal or something so as not to confuse with regular spices.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is good home remedies to get rid of cold sores?
    Okay, so i need a good quick fix for this cold sore. It's been there for a day now, i have been putting Abreva on it, but I need it to be gone by 6:00 tonight! Any good home remedies that work quick! Thanks ahead!

    • ANSWER:
      i had a cold sore last week.
      i told my grandfather to stop and get me some blistex or something but instead he came home with that chap stick stuff lol.
      i decided to use it anyway and my sore was totally gone 3 days after.
      the day after i used it it wasnt even bubbly or hurting anymore.

  17. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any home remedies for cold sores ?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, I answered it earlier tonight. Get a tea bag, place it in a cup, pour hot water over and let it sit. Dunk it once or twice, then hold it up to drain. Place the wet tea bag against the cold sore for a few minutes. Repeat. dunk, drain, press. The tanic acid in the tea leaves will give relief and help it to cure. I've done this for many years.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is best home remedy for cold sores?
    My nephew has cold sores inside his mouth and in his throut, I am looking for a home remedy to help him with pain relief

    • ANSWER:
      The poor lad. That's a nasty dose. I use ice, but they have always been outside my mouth. Cold sores are a virus, and garlic is antiviral. He could boil some up with our without other veg, but don't skimp on the garlic. Use plenty. He could drink the cooking water (let it cool - his mouth is sore enough as it is) and eat the veg. Bonjela (used for infants with teething problems) will ease the pain. I hope he feels better soon

  19. QUESTION:
    Any good home remedies for chapped lips, cold sores, pimples, or whiter teeth? Please let me know!?
    Home remedies like tooth paste on pimples, and strawberries to help whiten teeth have really seemed to work for me! And, well, the more the merrier!

    • ANSWER:
      chapped lips: rub them with a hot toothbrush, and use blistex
      Cold sored: blistex works really well for them too
      Pimples: still waiting on that one.. :P
      Whiter teeth: i got crest whitestrips and they worked SO well.

      hope i helped

  20. QUESTION:
    Do you know some at home remedies for cold/sore throat?
    Please help...i just started getting a bit of a sore throat on monday morning and i thought it would go away, but it hasn't and now i've developed a cold and a bit of a cough. I feel awful and i don't want 2 be sick on Christmas. Do you know any at home remedies that will quickly cure it? if so please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      take any appropriate medications regularly, sleep a lot, and when you're awake, drink hot water with honey and lemon, no other bells or whistles. normally does the trick for me. rest is the most important component, though. get well soon :)

  21. QUESTION:
    old wives tales or home remedies for cold sores?
    hiya anyone know any?
    the normal creams and patches arnt working,its spreading and huge now! am also pregnant,is there something stronger i coud get from the doc otherwise?
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      apply a warm tea bag on the blister for 30 mins. twice a day.
      This will make it heal alot faster than using all the stuff at the stores.

  22. QUESTION:
    Know any home remedies for cold sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Apply sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) to the lips to prevent recurrences.
      Don't touch the blisters. This can spread the virus, as can sharing personal items such as towels, razors, drinking glasses, or toothbrushes
      Try meditation, yoga, or other forms of relaxation to reduce stress, which is thought to precipitate cold sores.
      Stay away from nuts, chocolate, whole-grain cereals, and gelatin. They contain a large amount of the amino acid arginine, which some doctors think triggers cold sores. Lysine may counteract its effect.
      Supplements can be safely used with prescription antiviral creams, such as acyclovir or penciclovir, which also promote healing of cold sores.
      Holding an ice cube to the affected area for a few minutes several times a day can help reduce pain and dry out the cold sore.

      How Supplements Can Help -
      Most useful is the amino acid lysine, which, when taken orally, suppresses the growth of HSV-1; in cream form, lysine can be applied directly to the sores. It's fine to use long term and may help prevent cold sores from forming. Also effective is a melissa cream made from the potent antiviral herb Melissa officinalis; use at the first sign of tingling.

      Lysine: 1,000 mg 3 times a day for flare-ups, then 500 mg a day. Take on an empty stomach; don't take with milk.

      Melissa Cream : Apply cream to sores 2-4 times a day. This herb is also called lemon balm.

      Vitamin C/Flavonoids : 1,000 mg vitamin C and 500 mg flavonoids 3 times a day. Use for flare-ups; reduce dose if diarrhea develops.

      Vitamin A : 25,000 IU twice a day for 5 days. Women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy should not exceed 5,000 IU a day.

      Echinacea/Goldenseal : 200 mg echinacea and 125 mg goldenseal 4 times a day. Sold singly or as combination supplement.

      Selenium: 600 mcg a day only during flare-ups. Don't exceed 600 mcg daily; higher doses may be toxic.

      Flaxseed Oil : 1 tbsp. (14 grams) a day. Can be mixed with food; take in the morning

  23. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for curing cold sores??
    I know abreva works wonders, but until i can get out to buy it. What are some home remedies?

    Also i did some reasearch and know that there is no "CURE", and most people who have cold sores get the infection before the age of 10. I'm just looking for a way to make them go down. They look Ugly!!!

    • ANSWER:
      When you first get it, try putting perfume on it. The alcohol helps to dry those bad boys out. Be careful not to over do it because you'll get a red mark. Also tea tree oil works well. The oil helps to prevent over drying. And DON'T pick it or else the scab will last longer then the stupid cold sore.
      I know they're a pain in the a**. These things work for me, so I hope it'll help you out.

  24. QUESTION:
    are there any home remedies for cold sores on the tongue?

    • ANSWER:
      Black Tea

      Black tea contains tannin, an astringent with pain relief qualities. Applying a wet black tea back to canker sores can help ease the pain.

      Ice

      Apply ice to canker sores to help relieve pain and swelling.

      Orabase-B

      Orabase-B is an over-the-counter medication that relieves the pain of canker sores, as well as helping them to heal.

      Peroxide

      Mix three parts water with one part hydrogen peroxide. Swish this solution around in your mouth for thirty seconds to one minute, then spit it out. Repeat this treatment four times a day to help kill the bacteria that cause canker sores.

      Vitamin E

      Squeezing the oil from a vitamin E capsule directly onto your canker sores several times a day can help them heal faster.

      Liquid Antacid

      Swishing some Mylanta or Milk of Magnesia around in your mouth can make canker sores heal much faster.

      Watch What You Eat

      Certain foods can aggravate canker sores, making them hurt more and take longer to heal. So, if you have canker sores, avoid foods that are spicy, acidic, or salty. Also avoid alcoholic beverages. In fact, avoid anything that causes your canker sores to sting or burn.

      You also want to avoid foods that could damage or stab the skin of your mouth, like potato chips, tortilla chips (especially those with jagged edges), crackers, or any other foods that are crunchy or hard.

      Try these home remedies, and you’ll not only relieve the pain of canker sores, you can help them heal faster

  25. QUESTION:
    home remedies for cold sore?
    what are some good home remedies for cold sores? i have on my chin. i have used ice, a steam facial, origins china clay mask, clean and clear, zovirax and orajel. Any other tips or remedies?

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for Cold Sores?
    I dont have any medication for it, and im hopefully going to a party tomorrow, so any way of reducing the size, or getting rid of it by justing using home items for now?

    • ANSWER:
      I find the best thing to do is leave it alone. Don't mess with it.

      If you catch it early enough you can put Abreva on it. It is over the counter, but kinda costly.
      There are some prescription oral medications, but you'd have to get cold sores pretty severely to start taking them for that.
      Zovirax is a prescription ointment. That'll work too.

      Putting a cream (not hydrocortisone) on it can help heal the wound faster. It should shorten the duration where you will have the scab. Neosporin should do the trick (not because of the antibiotics) It'll act to keep the area moist making it heal faster.

      Sadly, getting rid of it tomorrow? not likely.

      If you catch it early enough, Abreva is the way to go. Otherwise it is just damage control by healing the scab afterwards.

      good luck

  27. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for cold sores? effective and fast? please help !!?
    I just got a cold sore overnight. For all of you who have had one, it is very embarrassing and I just want to get rid of it as soon as possible. So, help? Thanks :)
    It isn't that painful. So I don't really need ways to make it feel better, just get rid of it,

    • ANSWER:
      Totally understand. Hop on over to your local vitamin shop and pick up L-Lysine (amino acid supplement). Take a loading dose of 4 pills (usually 2000 mg) then follow up wih 1 to 2 pills every day after. My cold sores were triggered by an overload of L arginine to L Lysine. L Lysine clears it up.

      Next eat some cheese, meats, etc. Anything right in L Lysine. Hold off on eating tons of spinach, nuts, and L arginine foods until it goes away.

      Lemon balm extract can be placed right on it. Also black tea bags held on it as a compress are helpful to alleviate the symptoms.

      I started doing this routine as soon as I get the tingling and haven't gotten a cold sore since. I used to get 3 a month and it's been 3 years since I've had one.

  28. QUESTION:
    does anyone know some home remedies for acne and cold sores?
    I would like it if any one could tell me some homade remadies for acne and cold sores. It is ok if you metion some store bought stuff but I would really like some homade ones and make sure that they work please

    thank's

    • ANSWER:
      honey leave on for 15 to 29 minutes. Raw honey not honey that has been heated.

  29. QUESTION:
    any home remedies for cold sores in the mouth????????
    i have a really big cold sore in my mouth for the past week i cant eat it hurts so much help me please

    • ANSWER:
      Salt water is good, also a friend of mine used to get the Vitamin E gel capsules, poke a small hole in them and rub the liquid onto the sore.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to eliminate cold sores with home remedies a few days after you've already had it?
    I have a cold sore and I've had it for 3 days now and I've been researching about cold sores and researching home remedies and I just wanted to know if I can get rid of my cold sore now or if it's already too late and I'll just have to wait? Someone please answer this question cuz I'm desperate and I can't find the answer any where. (P.S: This is my first cold sore so I don't have any experience with them. So I'm pretty much clueless about them)

    • ANSWER:
      either take lysine tablets, or use lysine cream for the lips, from the drugstore.

  31. QUESTION:
    any home remedies for cold sores?
    i don't really have the money to buy abreva right now unfortunately

    • ANSWER:
      I asked this question last month~I got an answer that worked really well. Use some ice on the sore-10 minutes on and 15 minutes off- every couple hours and it dried it up really good. Mind, it wont make it go away completely but it will make the swelling go down and the infection dry up. Then use a bag balm or carmex lightly so it doesn't crack and bleed, and wait for it to be over. good luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    home remedies cold sore?
    My sister is wanting a home remedy for a cold sore... anyone that can help would be appreciated.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Aftershave! lol! There's alcohol in it.....need I say more! lol!

  33. QUESTION:
    home remedies that get rid of cold sores fast?
    i need a cold sore remedy that will clear up this cold sore. everybody says that if you feel it coming on you can stop it before it shows up and i tried that by putting some abreva on it but that didnt work. and i've been using the abreva for a day and its only gotten bigger.

    i need some home remedies that actually work that'll clear up this cold sore before i have to go back to school. luckily school is closed tomorrow, and hopefully we'll get tuesday off to for the snow so if the remedy could work in like a day that would be amazing.

    ps dont say abreva cause it doesnt work.
    thankss
    and im just wondering if i tried to cover it up with make up would that hurt it?

    • ANSWER:
      blistex lip balm

  34. QUESTION:
    What are home remedies/ treatments for cold sores?
    I have a cold sore and its really painful..?!

    http://s783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/ilovessnape/?action=view&current=IMG0002.jpg
    my picture of mine "/

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores are caused by a virus, the only thing that can get rid of a virus is an antiviral cream/ointment like Zovirax, anything else is quite useless and may make your sore spread even further.

  35. QUESTION:
    Cold Sore Home Remedies?
    I've gotten 3 cold sores in a span of 2 weeks. Is this normal? Also are there any good home remedies for making them go away faster. I don't wanna buy any medicines like Abreva. Thanks in advance. :-)

    • ANSWER:
      the best best best thing for cold sores is L-lysine! this is a vitamin you can get over the counter. this one company makes a cream product to topically put on your cold sore and an oral vitamin that contains ingredient to get rid of the infection on the inside.

      http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=93937&catid=30&brand=12518&trx=PLST-0-BRAND&trxp1=30&trxp2=93937&trxp3=1&trxp4=0&btrx=BUY-PLST-0-BRAND

      http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=93921&catid=30&brand=12518&trx=PLST-0-BRAND&trxp1=30&trxp2=93921&trxp3=1&trxp4=0&btrx=BUY-PLST-0-BRAND

      i know this isn't really a home remedy but this is what works best and is almost a kept secret for cold sore suffers you could also find these products at a wholefood or a health food store. i've tried every home remedy and have used everything for cold sores and none of them work! l-lysine is the only thing that ever worked for me.

      hope you get better

  36. QUESTION:
    fast home remedies to get rid of cold sores?
    Can someone please give me some home remedies for getting rid of coldsores. I am really sick of this coldsore and i just want it gone asap

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Does anybody have home remedy for cold sores in the mouth?
    Have had this problem for 2 months, tried 2 prescriptions and 2 doctors. Help! I would really like to try a home remedy if anybody knows of one.

    • ANSWER:
      orabase reallllllllllllly works......
      its kinda gummy and taste bad but it takes the pain away instantly!!!
      i promise!

  38. QUESTION:
    whats some home remedies for cold sores?

    • ANSWER:
      dab on some perfume it stings but it works

  39. QUESTION:
    a home remedy for cold sores under the tongue ?
    i am just getting over tonsilitus (sp?) and i found a cold sore under my tongue and it's killing me. i have not kissed anyone or shared drinks with anyone because i've been sick. i've been drinking a lot of orange juice so i'm thinking that's why i have it? i dont know. so is there a way to treat it ? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There is something called an acid sore or an apthous ulcer that is caused from drinking a lot of acidic stuff (like orange juice) and/or by trauma (like if you bite your cheek). It looks like a cold sore but it's not, and you probably have that. You can read about it at the link below.

      I get them a lot, and while there's not really a cure, there's a lot of stuff you can do to help:

      1) STOP DRINKING ORANGE JUICE. If you keep drinking it, it will be 4 times bigger and hurt sooooo much tomorrow. Don't drink coffee, tea, soda, or anything with acid (pineapple juice, apple juice, milk, etc.)

      2) put like an inch or two of water in a cup and stir in a spoon of baking soda. Then swish it around and let it sit on where it hurts. Baking soda is basic (the opposite of acidic) so it will help your skin stop being dissolved. Some people use salt, but baking soda works better. Try to do that like twice or more a day, especially before bed.

      3) Swish salt water in your mouth to make it hurt less if it's bothering you a lot, but still do the baking soda. You might think about getting oragel to numb it if it hurts too much.

      I hope you heal quickly, they are awful!

  40. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for cold-sores?
    --
    some of the main ones i have heard of are...melting ice-cubes on it several times a day, mouthwash, and alcohol on it.
    the problem here is, is that im going to 2 different dances on friday.....and im pretty sure i'll end up making out with someone... :S and i dont want a huge freaking cold sore there........get my dilemma?

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    is there a way i can dry up a cold sore w/ home remedies?
    i dont have any medicines for cold sore s and i want mine gone as fast as possible how can i dry it using home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      i use peroxide and rubbing alcohol. stings a little but does the job.

  42. QUESTION:
    Have a quick home remedy for cold sores?
    I have one just coming on. I need something to stop it fast before it spreads into a gigantic one.
    I only get outbeaks a couple times a year but when I do they are doozies. This time I went to the beach without lip balm and my lips got burned. That's what caused the outbreak.

    • ANSWER:
      the trick is to know or should i say be aware of a Lil twitch in the area where you get them or it in my case. if you catch it then you can nip it in the bud by applying a variety of cold sore medications on the market. i use diprosalic lotion. now if you don't catch it in the initial stages you are pretty much doomed to ride it out. it will run it's course ,but it can be a painful wait good luck

  43. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for cold sores/ fever blisters???
    Does anyone know any HOME remedies for cold sores/ fever blisters???

    • ANSWER:
      put ice, it is great.

  44. QUESTION:
    Best home remedies for a cold sore?
    Need some home remedies to help speed up or at least make my cold sore not at painful/disgusting looking . thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Toothpaste is a good treatment for external applications (which will take a while to see the results), but you could also take L-Lysine (an Amino Acid) to help fight it internally, too. L-Lysine can help to get rid of it sooner, plus you can take it safely after you can't see the sore anymore to make sure it's gone.
      Also, if you get cold sores on a regular basis, taking L-Lysine can actually help prevent them from coming up again. Oh, and stress tends to aggravate cold sores, so reducing stress may help as well. Good luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    fast cold sore home remedies?
    i need a relatively fast home remedy for a cold sore, i was told to but bleach on it but, that would hurt too bad. any other ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Use raw garlic it has anti- viral and antibiotic properties that should help very quickly.
      Yes it will burn some but is very effective.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the best Home Remedy for Cold Sores?
    Right now I am using tea bags and ice cubes but I want something that works faster.

    • ANSWER:
      I take Lysine which you can buy over the counter. They help alot and also putting hot packs will help them heal, but what your doing with the tea bags for sure is helping as it is a drawer. I don't know about the ice cubes and you need to put carmex on the sore. I just keep applying it as often as i can.

  47. QUESTION:
    cold sores home remedy?
    are there any good home remedies for this?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that any remedy (including prescription medication) gets rid of them any quicker than any other.

  48. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies for colds/ sore throat?
    well i have a cold, and my throat is sore.
    home remedies for my throat?

    • ANSWER:
      Very few home remedies have statistically significant results. May I refer you to a great NYT article (it is kind of long, but you should read it all) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/13/health/research/13prevent.html

      Very smart people have developed 21st century solutions to your problem. Just go to your local pharmacist and an for an inexpensive over-the-counter medication.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is there any real home remedies for cancur sores in the mouth? Not to be mistake with cold sores.?
    I usually get them once I bite any part of my mouth/tongue and open a wound as result. they are so irritating and I have tried many OTC products that usually just numb the pain, not cure the problem. I don't mind the pain but I mind the healing process taking forever.

    • ANSWER:
      Swish with a salt water rinse. Or if you can handle it, you can put the salt directly on the ulcer.

      Another thing you can do is mix ½ peroxide and ½ mouthwash solution together. Please don't put the peroxide straight into your mouth as it is strong and can purn your oral tissue. By mixing the both together, you are diluting the peroxide and flavoring the peroxide because it taste horrible! This will clean and help to heal the ulcer faster. When rinsing with this solution, it will bubble alot. Continue to rinse with it until you can't keep the bubbles in your mouth any longer.

  50. QUESTION:
    I have an average looking cold sore. What are some home remedies for this?
    As the question says, it's average, not huge or anything, but it's still there. Does anybody know of any home remedies to cure the cold sore? If not, which over-the-counter medicines are best for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Ly-Sine

      This is in with the vitamins. Take it when you feel one coming on and continue taking one a day until it is gone. This should cut down the time of the breakout.

      I have not met anyone that it does not work for.


Home Remedies For Cankers

If your baby is not gaining weight properly or not wetting diapers regularly, it may indicate that your milk supply is not enough for your baby. Even though the production of breast milk is a natural process, several factors can affect the supply of milk. It has been seen that secretion and flow of milk can be reduced by stress, hormonal disparities, insufficient glandular tissue, intake of hormonal contraceptive pills, use of some medications and by a previous breast surgery. Certain underlying conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid problems, and high blood pressure can also decrease the milk supply.

In most cases, low milk production can be due to inadequate latch-on by the baby. Correcting this problem may be enough to deal with your low milk supply. Make sure that your baby is latching properly and sucking efficiently. Stress is another reason that causes insufficient milk production. Try to reduce your stress and take some time everyday to rest and relax your body and mind. Even if you feel that your milk is not sufficient, you should not stop breastfeeding your baby. Remember that frequent breast feeding is the best way to produce more milk. Nurse your baby every two or three hours. You can also use some home remedies for low milk supply to improve your milk production

Eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet is undoubtedly one of the effective home remedies for low milk supply. Never try to lose weight or cut down calories while breastfeeding. You should consume foods that are rich in vitamin A, protein, essential fatty acids, iron, and calcium Ensure to intake plenty of green vegetables, fish, diary products, whole grains, and fish. Vegetables like carrot and beetroot can assist you increase the amount of your breast milk. Likewise, nuts such as cashew nuts, almonds, and macadamia nuts are helpful to augment your milk. Other lactogenic foods include barley, rice, oats, and several types of legumes, including lentils and chickpeas.

Smoking affects your milk production and so it is very important to not to smoke during breastfeeding. Drink plenty of milk, as dehydration can lower your breast milk production. Massaging and pumping the breasts are good home remedies for low milk supply. Massage your breasts with fingers to clear the milk channels in the breast and thereby increase milk supply. Similarly, stimulate your breasts with a breast pump after each feeding in order to fully drain the breasts and to boost the milk supply.

Some herbs can be used as home remedies for low milk supply. Fenugreek is considered as a good natural cure for this condition. Mix half to one teaspoon of powdered fenugreek seeds with water, juice, or milk and take it internally. You should drink this mixture three times daily. Fenugreek tea is also beneficial to improve the flow of breast milk. Drinking fennel tea three times a day is another best home remedy for insufficient milk production. Put one to two teaspoons of powdered fennel seeds into boiling water, boil it for five to ten minutes, and then sweeten it with sugar or honey.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for canker sore?
    Ouch! I had bitten my canker sore twice!
    can someone help me find a remedy for canker sore
    aside from letting it heal by itself which will take
    ages to heal.

    • ANSWER:
      gargling with salt water, and best of all, listerine (the kind that has the alcohol in it). gargle a a few times a day, and although it will sting, the listerine will help kill the germs, and help the sore heal faster, plus it kind of numbs it up, which is always nice!

  2. QUESTION:
    I think using home remedies like alum powder might seriously contribute to Alzheimer's.?
    Do you think I am far off in my speculation? It is used in home remedies for canker sores, cold sores, douching and in canning. I notice people on the internet recommend it for so many things like its "great", but I am worried about long term effects for people using this stuff out there (especially in their mucous membranes). It raises the question, is Alzheimer's a genetic predispositionary-type only disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Aluminum (like is in Alum Powder, hydrated Aluminium Potassium Sulfate) has been shown to cause more symptoms of Alzheimer's and it's definitely not just a genetic predisposition (although genetics do make some people more likely to get it). My great aunt had Alzheimer's and passed away from "complications" of it (for lack of a better term), so I've done a lot of research on it.

      There are people who say it doesn't do anything negative and use products (deodorants, cosmetics, etc), but there are more products with Aluminum than there were 100 years ago and there are more cases of Alzheimer's than there were 100 years ago. That's not proof of a direct correlation, but you can't deny that there is very possibly/likely a link. I know I've switched to a natural deodorant without Aluminum that works well for me.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for canker sores?
    I ended up biting my lip and it has since turned into a big ol canker sore that is very painful..I've been using chloraseptic spray for the pain but I want it to go away...any ideas would be helpful...thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      put some household table salt in a glass of warm water and swish it around your mouth. it will hurt like hell but trust me it makes things so much better faster. also try some abreva after you swish with the salt and water. hope this helps.

  4. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any natural cures/home remedies for Canker Sores?
    I want to get rid of it without paying for medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a mouth rinse called Prevention that works really well.

  5. QUESTION:
    what is the best home remedies for canker sores?
    -best medication / home remedies for canker sores...on gum, mouth and tongue..

    • ANSWER:
      no sugar & nothing acidic + swish with salt water. toothpaste is also irritating. drink lots of H2O & take lots of vitamins as it is usually a sign of a weakened immune system or vitamin deficiency.

  6. QUESTION:
    I'm wondering if anyone has some good home-remedies or something to deal with inner-cheek cankers?
    I have a canker on the inside of my cheek, and it's really annoying and today I bit down on it by accident.. ouch.

    Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone knows of some good treatment/soothing techniques for such conditions.. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard gargling salted water helps..
      but I'm too chicken to try it.

      Here --
      http://www.howtogetridofstuff.com/health/how-to-get-rid-of-canker-sores/
      Scroll about 1/4 down for some easy remedies. :}

      I hate cankers.

  7. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for canker sores?
    I've got a really bad canker sore on my lip and want to get rid of it! Anyone know of any home remedies to get rid of it??

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for treating canker sores?
    What R good home remedies for treating canker sores? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you arent going to like this...but my whole family swears by it. poke at it a little bit and put salt in it-straight table salt will dry it out and make it heal faster. it DOES hurt and it WILL be red...but for all of us-within 2 days at the most- it's gone.(i would do it before bed...give it time to heal while you're sleeping)

  9. QUESTION:
    Know any quick at-home remedies for a canker sore?
    I have the most painful canker sore in the middle of my lower gums. I get them a lot because I have metal braces. I have an poetry recitation to do tonight and I want my mouth to feel soothed. Any ideas besides salt/salt water?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a Q-tip and dip it in peroxide them rub it on your sour. I have braces and i get canker sours all over my tongue. Just do that and it will feel better almost instantly.

  10. QUESTION:
    anyone know of any home remedies for canker sores?
    i've had this really painful canker sore on the inside of my lower lip... its so painful to eat it's almost unbearable.

    can anybody help???

    • ANSWER:
      warm salt water, just enough salt that it tastes like tears
      another way is rubbing alcohol, or hydrogenpreoxide but i dont think that they work that well.
      it is best to use the salt rinse and let it go away on its own

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for canker sores? Anything for the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      There are medications you can take orally, however I recommend a mouth wash called Peroxyl. It helps them to heal faster by cleaning any bad bacteria that settles in the area. The few times I have had them, it neutralized the pain. If you go to a dentist they will have stuff to put on the area. Typically they will apply it. The stuff they have may help it to heal faster also.

  12. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      By gargling your mouth with salt water,
      the mouth ulcers will heal quickly.
      I found the homeremedies at
      http://aches.in/mouthulcer.html

  13. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for treating a canker sore?
    I've had one on my tongue since Monday or Tuesday and it still isn't gone. It hurts like crazy too. I can't even eat or talk without it hurting. Does anyone know what are good ways to get rid of it quickly?

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    remedies for cankers?
    What are some good home remedies for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      swish warm salt water

  15. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for really painful canker sores or sores in my mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      FACT: the best thing to use at home and most effective is also the cheapest thing you can buy.

      Hydrogen Peroxide.

      swish a tablespoon or two in your mouth and rinse. don't swallow as it's not the best for your stomach. VERY EFFECTIVE.

  16. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      I get these too and boy do they hurt! One thing I found to numb them up really good so you can eat without pain is Zilactin. Walmart sells it for about .00 a tube or you can get swabs to carry with you. Avoid spicy foods and if you eat anything spicy, brush your teeth and use mouthwash right away, it helps prevent them from coming on. To help get rid of them faster, you can dab them with an antacid like Maalox, coat them up good before you go to bed. I use the Zilactin in the daytime, and coat with a little salt and maalox at night and they do heal a little faster. I have heard that zinc losenges help them too but haven't tried that yet. I've prevented them by using alot of mouthwash after eating anything. I found that tomato sauces if really spicy, mustard, vinegar seem to bring them on.

  17. QUESTION:
    Any at home remedies for canker sores?
    I have a terrible canker sore that is bugging me beyond belief. I can't remember the last time I had one!! It's painful to eat, drinking, and even talk. I read that a canker sore usually lasts up to 2 weeks! Are there any at home remedies for a canker sore? Or, over the counter things?? If it's otc-- then, something cheap! I'm a broke college student-- I can barely afford to eat half the time. So, any ideas would be appreciated! Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      This is going to sound like a joke, but I'm serious. I used to get canker sores when I was younger. It took some time, but I finally realized that if I ate pickles the canker sores would go away by the next day. It hurts like heck to eat a pickle when you've got a canker sore, but I loved pickles so much I would eat them anyway. Get through the burn, and hopefully it'll work for you like it did for me. My son gets canker sores, too, and the pickle trick works for him.

  18. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies to get rid of canker sores?
    I've have problems with these for years and I can't figure out why. They're painful as hell and make it hard to eat and drink. Any ideas how to get rid of them or at least make the pain less intense?

    • ANSWER:
      CAUTION: PERSISTENT CANKER SORES LASTING MORE THAN 14 DAYS MAY INDICATE AN UNDERLYING CAUSE THAT OUGHT TO BE CHECKED BY A PHYSICIAN. Canker sores may also be caused by anemia, Iron deficiency, Vitamin B12 deficiency, or Folic acid deficiency. These deficiencies may be related to diet, or may in rare cases be caused by an intestinal disorder that will need a physician's treatment. A vitamin supplement may help you prevent canker sores. But for many people, the following is all they need to know to get rid of painful canker sores.

      I used to get canker sores all the time. They spoiled holiday meals. They kept me from enjoying the food on my first trip to Europe (ever try eating that delicious, hard German bread with an immense canker sore on the side of your tongue? Ouch!)

      I did research in medical journals, and even interviewed the world's leading aphthous stomatitis (the medical term for canker sores) researcher. But nobody could help me. Nobody even knew for sure what caused canker sores. Then I started putting 2 & 2 together on my own.

      What I figured out is that most of the pain of a canker sore comes from a secondary infection inhabited by bacteria or viruses, or maybe little red vermin from Venus--whatever it was, it was something my college microbiology class taught me how to deal with.

      After years of research and experimentation, I finally realized that a canker sore starts as a minor irritation in the mouth--perhaps a cut, perhaps an auto-immune reaction, perhaps an allergy. But, at least in my mouth, that irritation will heal by itself in a couple days UNLESS it becomes host to a secondary infection.

      When a secondary infection takes root in a small irritation, the canker sore starts to grow and become painful. Germs multiply and prosper all day long in that little irritation, but there’s enough activity in your mouth to keep them from really getting carried away. But then when you go to bed…that’s when things really get going. Those little germs party all night while your mouth is idle and has very little flow of saliva.

      That's why a canker sore hurts so bad when you first wake up.

      So, how do you get rid of these nasty party hounds? Just rinsing with an antiseptic won't do it. They put up a shield of mucous and just hunker down and wait out the assault. You've gotta get rid of that shield, then hit them with the antiseptic.

      Here's how I do it:

      AS SOON AS I FEEL A LITTLE CANKER SORE COMING ON (timing is crucial. This won't help much after the canker sore is large, and besides it hurts like the dickens on the big guys.)

      I take a swig of Listerine into my mouth (other antiseptic mouthwashes might work as well, I don't know) and hold it there for at least 60 seconds (I got the time from studying microbiology--it takes that long to make sure the germs are good and dead).
      While the mouthwash is in my mouth, I take my tongue and gently rub the canker sore. It hurts a bit, but not much if you get to it early enough. If the sore is on your tongue, rub it against some other part of the mouth to get rid of the mucous.
      After 60+ seconds, spit out the mouthwash. (NEVER SWALLOW ANY ANTISEPTIC UNLESS INSTRUCTED BY A COMPETENT MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL)
      Do this as soon as you feel a canker sore coming on. Then

      REPEAT THE PROCEDURE just before you go to bed. And
      REPEAT IT AGAIN first thing when you get up.
      You might want to do it once or twice more during the day.
      I find if I follow this procedure morning and night, nothing else is necessary.

      Keep repeating this procedure until the canker sore disappears (usually 2 to 3 days). The worst problem for me is that the cure works so well that in the morning I forget I have a canker coming on, and neglect to do the treatment. Then during the day it starts to revive.

      The only canker sores that have gotten big and troublesome in my mouth in the past 15 years are ones I've neglected to treat in this way. I bit the side of my tongue a few weeks ago, but treated it immediately with Listerine (while it was still bleeding), then followed my procedure night and morning. The spot was sore, but never became infected or particularly painful.

      Hope it works for you too!

      If you try it and it does or doesn't work, please write to me Ken Wade and let me know. Am I the only one this works for????

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      Canker sores do not require treatment.
      If the sore lasts more than 2 weeks, ask your dentist to examine it.
      Did you know?
      Sodium lauryl sulphate, a common ingredient in toothpaste is a major cause of aphthous ulcers.
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      Before leading the young man into my treatment room, I ask his mother if she has any questions. She says that there is a serious problem plaguing her son. He gets canker sores in his mouth. The sores make it difficult for him to eat and drink certain foods. When he has a canker sore, he cannot brush his teeth. He wants to know the best way to get rid of canker sores. Why does he get these sores? What can we do when he gets a sore? Is there a way to prevent mouth sores? What's the best way to get rid of canker sores?
      The young man is eager to discuss the problem. He points to a spot inside his lower lip, a red ulceration with a white rim. The entire sore is only about an eighth of an inch across. He has no other medical problems. He takes no medication, nor does he have a fever. He confides that he gets sores like this one after another. Sometimes, he has two or more at a time. He thinks that he gets more of them when he is nervous about school and dating. The individual cankers usually last for a week or two.

      Dentists refer to canker sores as aphthous ulcers or aphthae. Dentists are able to tell aphthae from similar appearing disorders such as oral herpes. Aphthae or apthous ulcers always appear on the smooth lining of the mouth, inside the lips and under and on the tongue. Oral herpes sores are similar, but affect different areas of the mouth and lips.

      Some people are prone to canker sores. Aphthae may appear without provocation or cause. Then again, an abrasion from a sharp piece of food, pressure on the lips from playing an instrument or sleeping face down, and emotional stress may cause an outbreak of ulcers. Another cause is a common chemical, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS).

      People who are prone to aphthous ulcers learn which foods they must avoid. Many find that acidic food and drink such as orange, pineapple, and tomato cause, and irritate mouth ulcers. Others may find that eating crunchy foods with sharp edges like potato chips and hard cereals bring out the worst canker sores.

      Sodium lauryl sulphate or SLS is a foaming agent. Most toothpastes and shampoos include SLS as a major ingredient. SLS is drying and irritating. Toothpastes for people with dry mouth (xerostomia) do not include SLS. Biotene (http://www.biotene.com) is the best known of the SLS free toothpastes. Biotene is available in most grocery stores and pharmacies in the U. S. Most people who use SLS free toothpaste will decrease the frequency of outbreaks of Aphthous ulcers. Additionally, SLS free toothpaste is more comfortable to use when sores are present.

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      Comments (18 total)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: People who have questions about their own dental issues should contact me directly. I am not always aware of comments left on an article. I did not know about questions from Mary Beth and Scott until just now. My appologies to all.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: Tracy, multiple canker sores can be normal. This is not a good forum to discuss this. You may contact me directly for more personalized information, or as your dentist to examine you soon, before the sores heal.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Nathan Burns: Dr. Leader, Your article is very informative. Thank you!
      (+2)

      tracy
      09/03/2006
      I Have 4 Big Canker Sores That Jus Came Out The Blue. Is That Normal?
      (+1)

      jdp
      08/21/2006
      Forget all the other remedies - Ora5 was like a miracle cure for me when I first tried it years ago; the pain goes straight away and the now painless ulcer soon leaves as well.
      (+2)

      scott
      08/16/2006
      I have just been diagnosed with a acute tonsilitus and have been very ill with a severe soar throat and a bad ear infection. At the same time I started getting very bad canker soars but only on my tounge. This has made it nearly impossible for me to eat or drink anything as my whole face and mouth throat are now in severe pain. Why did I get the canker soars? How can i get rid of them?

      MaryBeth
      08/13/2006
      I just had my 4 wisdom teeth taken out. I've never had canker sores such as the ones I have how. They are at the back of my mouth on both sides. Just behind where the bottom teeth were taken out. My tongue is numb and has a chalky feel to it. Puss is in my mouth every morning and I vomit. Help! Is this more serious than a typical canker sore? The roof of my mouth and sometimes the base burns at night and i sometimes feel a liquid sensation in my ear. Any input would help
      (-1)

      Dr. Dave Leader
      06/26/2006
      Many practitioners confuse oral herpes and canker sores. Canker sores occur on the moveable soft tissue of the mouth, the lining of the cheeks, under the tongue, and inside the lips. Herpes begins as a collection of small blisters that coalesce and ulcerate. Herpes usually occurs on the vermillion border of the lips and on the non-moveable gum tissue around the teeth, and the roof of the mouth. See a dentist to confirm your MD's diagnosis. I hope that helps you and your girlfriend.
      (+2)

      Jeff
      06/26/2006
      My girlfriend's doctor told her that both she and I have oral herpes because we have canker sores inside our mouths. I didn't think canker sores were a type of herpes. Am I right?

      Justin
      04/10/2006
      I've had a canker sore since around last August. Is there something wrong? It hasn't gone away since.
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      Treatments for cankers range from medicinal to metaphysical. The author recommends a few popular treatments to get rid of canker sores.
      The simplest treatment is to wait for the mouth sores to heal. Avoid food and drink that irritates the sores, sleep face up so that teeth do not rub the cankers at night, and take pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin, when necessary. The ulcers all heal within two weeks.

      There are many suggestions for treating aphthae nutritionally. Some recommend taking B complex and C vitamins. Another common tip to get rid of canker sores is to eat yogurt with active cultures (lactobacillus) or even lactobacillus tablets. The author does not find nutritional additives to be a helpful, but many people support this venue.

      Rinsing with warm salt water (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) is comforting and does seem to aid healing. This home remedy works for a variety of problems.

      There are many covering and numbing preparations available over-the-counter and by prescription. The author prefers Orabase with Benzocaine, cyanoacrylate bandage products, and viscous lidocaine.

      >Orabase is a gooey paste that is able to adhere directly to canker sores. Dab a small amount onto the ulcer to provide a protective coating. Do not smear Orabase on or apply a thick coating. It lasts long enough to eat a meal. Orabase is available with Benzocaine, a popular numbing medication. Orabase is also available with a steroid, Kenalog that speeds healing. Kenalog in Orabase is expensive (about .00 for a 5-gram tube), requires a prescription, and must be applied several times a day.

      >Cyanoacrylate products are similar to Super Glue (do not use glue in the mouth; it is not safe). Products like Colgate Soothe and Seal are easy to apply. They provide a hard barrier to protect the cankers from any irritation.

      >Dentists prescribe viscous lidocaine for patients to use as necessary for quick relief of mouth pain from a variety of conditions. The disadvantages of viscous lidocaine are its bitter taste, that it will numb the entire mouth, and that its effect only lasts a short time. Never the less, most people appreciate viscous lidocaine for its effectiveness and ease of use.

      Aphthous ulcers are a painful and bothersome oral condition. They will go away on their own. Try some of the over-the-counter and nutritional remedies. If you would like additional suggestions, or if your mouth ulcers last for more than two weeks, please consult your dentist.

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      Comments (18 total)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: People who have questions about their own dental issues should contact me directly. I am not always aware of comments left on an article. I did not know about questions from Mary Beth and Scott until just now. My appologies to all.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: Tracy, multiple canker sores can be normal. This is not a good forum to discuss this. You may contact me directly for more personalized information, or as your dentist to examine you soon, before the sores heal.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Nathan Burns: Dr. Leader, Your article is very informative. Thank you!
      (+2)

      tracy
      09/03/2006
      I Have 4 Big Canker Sores That Jus Came Out The Blue. Is That Normal?
      (+1)

      jdp
      08/21/2006
      Forget all the other remedies - Ora5 was like a miracle cure for me when I first tried it years ago; the pain goes straight away and the now painless ulcer soon leaves as well.
      (+2)

      scott
      08/16/2006
      I have just been diagnosed with a acute tonsilitus and have been very ill with a severe soar throat and a bad ear infection. At the same time I started getting very bad canker soars but only on my tounge. This has made it nearly impossible for me to eat or drink anything as my whole face and mouth throat are now in severe pain. Why did I get the canker soars? How can i get rid of them?

      MaryBeth
      08/13/2006
      I just had my 4 wisdom teeth taken out. I've never had canker sores such as the ones I have how. They are at the back of my mouth on both sides. Just behind where the bottom teeth were taken out. My tongue is numb and has a chalky feel to it. Puss is in my mouth every morning and I vomit. Help! Is this more serious than a typical canker sore? The roof of my mouth and sometimes the base burns at night and i sometimes feel a liquid sensation in my ear. Any input would help
      (-1)

      Dr. Dave Leader
      06/26/2006
      Many practitioners confuse oral herpes and canker sores. Canker sores occur on the moveable soft tissue of the mouth, the lining of the cheeks, under the tongue, and inside the lips. Herpes begins as a collection of small blisters that coalesce and ulcerate. Herpes usually occurs on the vermillion border of the lips and on the non-moveable gum tissue around the teeth, and the roof of the mouth. See a dentist to confirm your MD's diagnosis. I hope that helps you and your girlfriend.
      (+2)

      Jeff
      06/26/2006
      My girlfriend's doctor told her that both she and I have oral herpes because we have canker sores inside our mouths. I didn't think canker sores were a type of herpes. Am I right?

      Justin
      04/10/2006
      I've had a canker sore since around last August. Is there something wrong? It hasn't gone away since.
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  19. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of/a home remedy for canker sores?
    Yesterday or so one of these canker sores popped up on my upper lip inside my mouth, and it got worse quickly. It hurts like heck and I'm looking for a fast remedy that might speed the healing, that can be made at home. I tried rinsing my mouth with saltwater, but because the sore is on my lip I don't think that the saltwater even touched it. I'd also like to know what could've caused the canker sore. Thanks so much, I apprecitate it!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know any home remedies, except abreva from the store. But as for what causes them, I've noticed that I tend to get canker sores when I haven't been getting enough sleep for a few nights in a row, and eating sugary foods tends to make them stick around longer before they heal. Hope this helps.

  20. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for mouth ulcers or canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      I had to go to the dr for ulcers all in my mouth. The dr told me to buy Maalox, the liquid version (sold at local drug stores and walmart). Then take as directed on the bottle but to make sure you swish around in your mouth really good. It made the ulcers start feeling better in just a couple of days. You could also swish salt water around in your mouth (it tastes nasty and takes longer to cure them though).

  21. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for Canker soars?
    I have had one for about a week & it won't go away, does anyone know what can cause them also, Thank you so much !~

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest taking a multifaceted approach as opposed to just treating the sore itself, you want to reboost your immune system (to naturally fight them and anything else that comes along) Also cleaning the blood is a good thing to do regardless and can be done very easily.

      Taking something that boosts your immune system such as echinacea along with a high dose of vitamin c. Echnicae should be taken short term when you are more succeptible to illness or fighting an illness. If you take it all the time it looses its effectiveness.

      Also take something that cleans the blood. Things like colloidal silver, goldenseal can be taken for seven to ten days. Also garlic :) garlic in supplement form or in your food works as a good cleanser/detoxifier.

      In addition you can clean the sore with peroxide. Also most health food or supplement stores will also have homeopathic remedies and the store I worked at carried these little cover things you put directly over them.

      Be sure that you are brushing your teeth regularly and rinsing often. Also chewing sugarless gum with xylitol between meals is actually good for teeth and keeps the mouth cleaner. Less chance for the bacteria in these sores to take hold and have something to feed on.

      Stress can aggravate cankers as well so if you are under a lot of pressure lately try doing relaxing activities like a hot bubble bath, yoga, meditation, whatever helps you rest and relax the mind/body.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy for canker sores?
    Im 38 weeks pregnant and my doctor confirmed I have canker sores, they gave me a magic mouthwash that doesn't seem to work at all. I cant take it no more and I want something that works faster. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately there really is no useful treatment.

      Each ulcer lasts about 10 days, but you can get further crops erupting, so each episode may last longer than that.

      Ice,ice cream and cold soft items, become the easiest things to eat. Teething gels sometimes help. There is now only one prescription drug for canker sores/apthous ulcers, Corlan Pellets, it is a steroid, it only reduces the nipping a bit and does not hasten resolution.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for canker sores?
    I'm in soooo much pain. I've had canker sores before but never one like this. I feel like someone stabbed me in the mouth, because it lines up where my teeth close. It hurrrrts, what can I do to make this pain stop until it heals owwww

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores will get better on their own without any treatment. But there are things you can do to help it along and to feel better. Orajel and Anbesol, both of which you can get without a prescription, will numb the sore and make it less painful. There are also prescription medications you can get that will help. There are several mouthwashes that can help – look for one without alcohol. Even if you don’t have any of those treatments, you can rinse your mouth with warm salted water several times a day. It is gross, but it will help.

      These sites give the details about canker sores and how to treat them.

      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/mouth/canker.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Canker-Sores-or-Mouth-Ulcers
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview

  24. QUESTION:
    home remedies for canker sores..please?
    quick

    • ANSWER:
      Put salt on it to dry it out.

  25. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies for getting rid of canker sores?
    i have a TON

    • ANSWER:
      Start taking The Canker Spanker. It's all natural and is pharmacist recommended. It's worked quickly for me and it can be used to prevent additional cankers from forming.

  26. QUESTION:
    toddler (21mo) has lots of canker sores. Any home remedies?
    Due to viral infection, my toddler (21mo) has lots of canker sores. Dr cannot recommend anything besides tylenol or motrin, no mouthwashes can be used as he will swallow.

    are there any home remedies (safe to swallow) that I can use to help for comfort? tot is refusing food due to pain. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I hope this helps. It will drastically speed the healing, But for pain you might try baby oragel. If that helps the pain then you can use salt water. Warm salt water. Take and mix some up and a few times a day try to rub it on the sores. Maybe with a Q-tip (after you have applied the oragel). The salt will sting the wounds for a moment but it will greatly reduce the healing time. If the oragel does not comfort him then I would not try it.

  27. QUESTION:
    Help for canker sores? Any new ideas? Home remedies?
    My entire family seems to be plagued by canker cores from time to time. I was wondering if any of you have discovered good remedies, faster healing and pain relief.

    • ANSWER:
      Warm salt water is great and you can always take Tylenol for the pain but go to the store in the false teeth aisle and buy a medication that has lidocaine or benzocaine in it. You can use it in your mouth because it's for pain from false teeth and it numbs the pain for a while, especially long enough to get to sleep. Use as directed on package and don't forget the Tylenol.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is there an easy home remedy for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores will get better on their own without any treatment. But there are things you can do to help it along and to feel better. Orajel and Anbesol, both of which you can get without a prescription, will numb the sore and make it less painful. There are also prescription medications you can get that will help. There are several mouthwashes that can help – look for one without alcohol. Even if you don’t have any of those treatments, you can rinse your mouth with warm salted water several times a day. It is gross, but it will help.

      These sites give the details about canker sores and how to treat them.

      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/mouth/canker.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Canker-Sores-or-Mouth-Ulcers
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview

  29. QUESTION:
    Canker sores really hurt- any for sure home remedies?
    My son has canker sores in his mouth and they are really hurting him. Please help with any suggestions to ease the pain or get rid of them quicker.

    • ANSWER:
      Eat more foods rich in vitamin B3 (niacin) to heal and speed recovery of canker sores ie ~ fish, lean meats, whole wheat products, liver, wheat germ, eggs, roasted peanuts, the white meat of poultry, avocdadoees, dates, figs and prunes.

      As another poster has already mentioned, rinsing out your mouth with warm salty water will ease the pain for you .

      Vitamin B3 rich foods will help eliminate canker sores and more often than not bad breath too. It will also give you healthier looking skin and help prevent and ease severity of headaches and migraines, reduce symptoms of diarrhea and increase circulation and reduce high blood pressure.

      Vitamin B3 is necessary for a healthy nervous system and brain functioning and lack of it will generally also bring about negative personality changes.

      Take a multi B complex tablet including all the B's ie: B1, B2 B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they work best synergistically (together)....... do not take any of the B complex of vitamins individually, but rather as a whole complex, unless specifically instructed to by a nutritionally oriented physician or naturopath.

      The B complex of vitamins is essential for healthy neural, digestive and immune system functioning.

      If you are lactose intolerant or vegetarian then it is really important that you supplement your diet with a multi B complex tablet on a daily basis.

      Things will rob you of your precious B complex of vitamins are :- eating too much protein, alcohol, eating too much tinned food, laxatives and diuretics, antiobiotics, antidepressants, penicillin, prednisone and aspirin, otc cold and flu medicines.

      Also, try to cut back on drinks such as caffeine, tea, sodas and soft drinks and alcohol if he drinks any of these, as they are all B complex thieves........ as well as being great at dehydrating you.

      Drink loads more fresh filtered water too as the healthiest and happiest body will always be the most hydrated one.

      hope this helps you

      Good health to you & yours♥

      CHEERS

  30. QUESTION:
    Home Remedy For Canker Sores?
    I have a HUGE canker sore in my mouth. Is there any home remedies to soothe the pain and heal the sore? Please Help!
    Thanks!
    Mrs.Abbey Smith
    TO JUSTLAUGH93:I would go to the store if it wasnt 11:00 at night!

    • ANSWER:
      I use to get them all the time. After following all the other good advice, if the sore is painful, take Tylenol and use a bit of Campho Phenique on a Q-tip and brush it over it. Still takes a few days to heal over but it will be less painful.

  31. QUESTION:
    at home remedy for canker sores?
    I have braces and lately if they rub against the inside of my mouth & irritate it soon turns into a canker sore (not a cold sore). I have stuff to numb it, but that doesn't seem to make them disappear any faster. Does anyone know of anything to make them go away sooner?

    • ANSWER:
      Make yogurt a daily ritual. "Eat at least four tablespoons of unflavored yogurt every day and you'll prevent canker sores," that its unclear why the yogurt works, but for some people it can be very effective.

      See the difference with vitamin C. "Vitamin C is very effective at preventing or healing canker sores, particularly for people who are under a lot of stress, consume a lot of alcohol or smoke," And that's worth noting, since these are the very people most at risk for canker sores. Five hundred milligrams a day is sometimes recommended for a vitamin C supplement-but check with your doctor first. To introduce more vitamin C to your daily diet, go for broccoli, cantaloupe, red bell peppers and cranberry juice. (Once you have a sore, however, the acidic juice may be more pain than gain.)

      Squeeze on some vitamin E. Vitamin C isn't the only nutrient that can help heal canker sores. squeezing the oil from a vitamin E capsule onto your canker sore can bring relief.

      Put some sore relief in your diet. Several studies show that one in seven people with canker sores is deficient in folate, iron and vitamin B, and doctors believe that upping these nutrients can help prevent sores or quicken recovery from them. Peas, beans and lentils are excellent folate sources; lean beef, tofu and fortified cereals are high in iron; and meats and seafood are high in B vitamins.

      Gargle with peroxide. "A solution of three parts water and one part hydrogen peroxide changes the pH of your saliva and makes for a harsh environment for the bacteria causing canker sores," "Mixing this solution and gargling or swishing it around your mouth several times a day is very helpful when you have a canker sore. But don't swallow it."

      Baste it with Orabase-B. This over-the-counter remedy gets thumbs-up from all our experts as the best relief money can buy at your neighborhood drugstore. "It's a sticky substance you put directly on the sore to stop the pain and promote healing,"

      Another over-the-counter product that comes highly recommended is Zilactin, a medicated gel. And for those preferring a liquid form, there's Zilactol, .

      Avoid sharp or spicy foods. And we mean that in both a culinary and a literal sense. "Many people know that you should avoid foods that are spicy or salty when you have a canker sore, because those foods increase the pain," "But you should also avoid foods with sharp edges, such as potato chips. Anything with rough edges can puncture the skin and cause canker sores."

      Besides spices and salt, it's best to avoid or limit citrus fruits and strawberries, cheeses, coffee, nuts and chocolate if you're prone to canker sores.

      Bag your pain with a tea bag. Rubbing a wet tea bag directly on the sore is another helpful home treatment, Black tea contains tannin, an astringent with powerful pain-relieving qualities. "If you're into herbal teas, drink chamomile tea, which cools canker sore pain and other mild skin irritations,"

      Ice it. Old cures are often the best, and there are few older (or better) than simply applying ice to the sore to help reduce pain and swelling.

      Mylanta may be your healer. Swish a tablespoon of the antacid Mylanta or milk of magnesia around your mouth to coat the sore, But only use this technique if you are sure your ulcer is not infected. If you coat an infected ulcer, the coating will protect the bacteria causing the infection. An infected ulcer is usually marked by a red ring around its base and a grayish yellow color

  32. QUESTION:
    OMG I have a canker sore!! Any home remedies?
    I have been reading other's questions on canker sores. Well I have one (i think) but I am not sure because mine is at the roof of my mouth.

    Yes it hurts like hell, I cant eat or drink (i think I am loosing weight..lol...not) I am hungry.

    Anywhoo is it possible to have a canker sore on the roof of your mouth?? And what should I be doing to get rid of it quicker. I have had it for almost a week and it is the same.
    Please help with any advice, input...it is greatly appreciated!!
    Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Usually canker sores only last 3 days or so (with me, anyway). You could try rinsing your mouth out with hydrogen peroxide, then painting the sore with merthiolate (that pink stuff that stains). If that doesn't work within a day or two, go see your dentist. My daughter had one on the inside of her lip that wouldn't go away (or rather, it went away for a few days, then came back, then went away, then came back, etc.). It turned out to be an irritated/ injured saliva gland, and ultimately they just removed it to keep it from coming back.

      Hope this helps.

  33. QUESTION:
    Household remedies for canker sores?
    So i don't have anymore of the canker sore gargle rinse, and i have a really bad canker sore. What are some good home remedies for getting rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      To ease the discomfort caused by the sore, here are some things you can do:

      • Extract some juice of the Aloe Vera plant, mix with water, and apply on the sore. Aloe Vera has many healing properties, and this will make the sore more bearable and shorter lived.

      • Prepare a mixture of two ounces of Hydrogen Peroxide and two ounces water, with five tablespoons of salt and one tablespoon baking soda. Gargle with this four to five times a day, focussing on the sore.

      • Apply wet black tea bags to the sore. The tannin in them will help the sores heal quicker.

      • Dabbing alum on the sore may make it hurt or smart, but after the initial discomfort, it will stop hurting and the sore will vanish in a couple of days. Do this twice a day.

      • A paste of baking soda and salt will help, especially when the sore is young.

  34. QUESTION:
    canker sore remedies?
    My boyfriend gets canker sores(also known as mouth ulcers) frequently, so I am looking for some good brands of toothpaste that do not contain sodium lauryl sulfate(it irritates canker sores). I hoping to help him improve his diet. Does any one have any home remedies for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Colgate makes a gel called Orabase that is great for canker sores. You apply it directly to the sore and it numbs the area.

      Hope that helps.

  35. QUESTION:
    I have got some painful ulcers on my lip, any help how to get rid of them? home remedies?
    Ive recently developed about four mouth ulcers (canker sores) over the past few days and they have begin to become really painful at times, i dint know what caused them would anyone know? Ive got Aloto of studying to do at the minute for my exams could it be that. Any help would be appreciated :)

    • ANSWER:
      This is going to sound crazy but you're a crazy dude right? :) Ok.. this is going to sting a bit. For the 1st couple of days put salt on them. Why? B/c those kinds of sores use metabolic water to get around. The salt dries that out. After a day or 2 when they crust over... use campho phanike (or however you spell it). Camphor is really good for those kinds of things but if you use it by itself it will take a while. Adding the salt stings a bit but will accelerate the process.

  36. QUESTION:
    can some please give me a home remedy for canker sores and cold sores/fever blister or way to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      For canker sores you can get instant relief by obtaining a silver nitrate stick. These can be purchased at a farm supply store or even a major pet store. They are actually used when clipping the nails of a dog and when you clip them too close they will bleed. The silver nitrate stick is applied to the area which seals it instantly preventing further bleeding. It does have a bad taste to it and you just barely want to dab it on the sore. To get rid of the bad taste rinse your mouth out with salt water.

      As for cold sores Abreva is the best thing on the market for shortening the period of time the cold sore lasts. Another remedy is to apply Lysol to the area.

      Hope this helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    what are some "home" remedies for canker sores??

    • ANSWER:
      It's gonna hurt, I'll tell ya right off the bat, but it'll be healed in NO TIME AT ALL.
      take a q-tip swab, dip it in hydrogen peroxide, and then scrub the HELL out of the sore for a few seconds. Oh my god, it will hurt, the sore will actually turn WHITE (you are done with it's this big white blob), rinse a few times...in a few hours, it will be almost healed (no pain) and by tomorrow, 99% gone.

      Here's a tip on how NOT to get canker sores (we're talking the stuff on your gums or inside lips--if its the outside of your lips, it's herpes)--do not use "tartar control" toothpaste. And get a "soft" toothbrush.

  38. QUESTION:
    The best home remedy for a canker sore or ulcer on your tongue?
    It's huge! It's straight through my tongue! It hurts! It feels like bees are stinging my tongue everytime I talk or open my mouth!!!! HELP!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      To speed the healing process the vitamin L-lysine helps but for immediate relief go to the pharmacy and get a tube of zilactin OTC It is a little pricey usually under 12 dollars and it stings when u first apply but after a few seconds it makes a protective film over the area and lasts for a few hours there are other variations of this as well at pharmacy but this works best for me

  39. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for canker sore?
    Is there anything I can use at home to help cure/alleviate the pain of a canker sore in my mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      In most cases, they will resolve on their own, without any treatment within 14 days or so. Try buying Chlorhexidine mouthwash (Corsodyl) this sometimes helps to reduce the pain. This can be brought OTC. There is also some evidence that it may help mouth ulcers to heal more quickly and it can also prevent the ulcer from becoming infected. Try not to use it for too long though, because it can cause staining to the teeth. If the inflammation is really bad, you can also try steroid lozenges ( e.g. Corlan)

      In addition, take paracetamol unless contraindicated. You could also apply something topically like Bonjella. If you are under the age of 16, buy actual bonjella teething gel for baby's as it no longer contains choline salicylate and has been reformulated with lidocaine. This is safer as excess use of the other Bonjella can lead to Reye's syndrome in young people and children.

      The quacks often mention salt water, there is little or no evidence that this is very helpful, in actual fact it might cause further irritation.

      If the ulcer is still present after 2-3 weeks without any sign of healing, gets worse and/or you develop further symptoms and a temperature, see your GP.
      =============================================
      @ KTC: Not even wrong. The body pH will NOT alter in response to acidy or alkaline foods you eat. Any change is quickly rectified by your homoeostatic mechanisms. Avoiding acidy foods will not solve this problem. However, acidy foods may act as a local irritant so its rational to avoid acidy and spicy foods at the moment.

      I'm not suggesting treating symptoms and not the cause. It will likely resolve by itself without ANY intervention. I'm just trying to suggest things that will alleviate pain in the meantime. I also stated that he does not need to see his GP unless symptoms fail to improve or get worse.

  40. QUESTION:
    Whats a home remedy for canker sores? HELP!?
    I dont even know if its that. I think its is. What else could it be? Its like a bubble inside of my mouth and its kinda white inside. It hurts so bad and ive had it for three or four days. Is there anything I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      don't irritate it by running your tongue over it. Continuously garggle with salt water.

  41. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy for a canker sore?

    • ANSWER:
      Medical grade Tea Tree oil, no pain right away, starts the healing process. If you feel one coming on and use it you will probably never see it.

  42. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for a canker sore?
    Any suggestions other than rinsing with salt water? This thing is killing me!

    • ANSWER:
      I use to dab salt on mine. It burned at first but it helped. You can also buy a rinse at the drug store called peroxyl. That works great for me too. It has peroxide in it.

  43. QUESTION:
    What home remedies are there for my son's canker sore? It is in his mouth and he is in pain.?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are 13 home remedies that deal with Canker Sores:
      http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/47/26.cfm

      Good luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    what is a home remedy for a canker sore?

    • ANSWER:
      Yup, rinse your mouth out with straight hydrogen peroxide.

  45. QUESTION:
    Remedies for canker sores?
    do you know of any at home remedies that will take care of a canker sore?

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a home remedy for sores on your tongue/canker sores?
    I know there are medications out there for the pain or whatever, but does anyone know anything I can put on them or rinse my mouth with that will make them heal fast?

    • ANSWER:
      a salt water garggle is good, and if it gets really bad, try some clove, either make clove tea, or buy some natural clove gum....there is an herb called lysine that also really works

  47. QUESTION:
    a home remedied for a canker sores ?

    • ANSWER:
      By gargling your mouth with salt water,
      the mouth ulcers will heal quickly.
      I found the homeremedies at
      http://aches.in/mouthulcer.html

  48. QUESTION:
    Painful retainer..any home remedies?
    My bottom retainer was cutting into my gum on the right side of my mouth, so I went to my orthodontist to fix it, and when I was there it seemed fine but after I got home and had to take it out to eat it really hurt..the next day I had to go out of state so could not schedule another visit. I won't be back for another month and there the retainer already has made a red impression on the right side of my gum that I'm afraid may turn into a cold/canker sore..I am required to wear it for 24/7 though..is there anything that I can do to help this? Maybe place a piece of cotton under it? I want to do that but afraid that it'll create more infection.
    It almost doesn't hurt at all when I'm wearing the retainer, but when I take it out, tears sometimes come in my eyes..I feel less of the hole and inflammation, I couldn't find peroxide but I think the oral antiseptic and lemon has helped and my gums are getting a little used to it. I had no idea they make retainers in the military..I will need to make another impression as well as soon as I get back. Now I must find some Crisco... Thanks all for the insightful answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Your retainer is ill fitting but can more than likely be adjusted to be OK. Your dentist will just need to remove some of the plastic that is digging in to the gum. Since you will not be returning for a month you have a couple of choices other than not wearing it as often. One is to go to a dentist where you are and have him adjust it but that's going to cost you some $$. The other is to put the retainer in, take a marker of some sort and mark the spot that is irritating your gum. Then put some Crisco and a little flour mixture under the retainer in this spot, put it back in your mouth, remove it and where the pressure is there will be pink showing thru the mixture. Then take some sandpaper or a dremmel and remove some of the plastic in this area. Be sure that you are removing the part that touches the gum and not the part that is out towards the air. Remove a little plastic at a time and repeat the procedure until no more pink shows though. I don't recommend this unless you are really hurting. You are going to develop quite a sore if you continue to wear it like it is tho. Good luck.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy for pain relef of a canker sore?

    • ANSWER:
      It may sting a little, but swish salt water(enough salt to make it taste very salty/1c water )3-4x daily if possible.avoid spicy/hot/tangy food and beverage. All vitamin c drinks and soda may irritate it further.Also certain condiments like catsup/ketchup, bbq sauce,etc...could burn.Drink abundance of water till it heals. Sometime cankers come due to too much acid in system.

  50. QUESTION:
    what is the home remedy or OTC medicine for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores tend to occur because of stress, illness, weakened immune system, injury caused by such things as hot food, rough brushing of teeth, or dentures.

      You can use some essentials oils to soothe the pain and increase healing time such as Melissa, sandalwood, melaleuca quienquenervia. Or you can mix sage withe either clove or lavender or sage with an essential oil blend produced by Young Living called thieves.

      Golden seal root powder taken internally can also help as well as an immune system supportive supplement called ImmuPro also produced by Young Living.

      If you choose to try essential oils in a therapeutic context, please make sure they are of therapeutic-grade. If you have difficulty finding them, feel free to contact me for further information.


Home Remedies For Canker Sores In Throat

A painful sore that is usually red with a white coating appearing inside the mouth is a mouth ulcer or canker sore. These sores can appear in different parts of the mouth; inside the lips, inside cheeks, on the gum or under the tongue. They differ from fever blisters/cold sores in that fever blisters are usually on the outside of the lips also they are not contagious.

Causes of Mouth Ulcers:

Virus is not the cause of a canker sore, but an allergy to a specific bacteria found in the mouth may be the cause, or may simply be an allergic reaction to certain kinds of food. An immune system not working correctly may trigger the sores, but they are not connected to any disease. Some studies have found nutritional deficiencies can cause canker sores, such as vitamin B12, folic acid and iron. Persons with gastrointestinal problems sometimes have reoccurring canker sores, due to their digestive problems.

1 Wrong diet

2 Digestive problems such as constipation

3 Hormonal imbalances, especially during puberty in girls

4 Anemia
5 Constant stress

6 Hereditary factors

7 Infection of the herpes simplex virus

8 Irritation by some chemicals, tobacco and alcohol

Treatment for Mouth Ulcers:

1. Grind the leaves of the Indian plum (jambula). Exude their paste in water and gargle with this water. It will give immediate relief from the pains of the mouth ulcers.

2. Gargling with the water of the adulsa (Justicia adhadota) also brings about an immediate relief from the mouth ulcer pains.

3. Mix the peel of a lemon with white catechu. Grind them into a very fine paste. Apply this directly on the ulcer. The ulcer will get treated almost immediately.

4. Take two to three leaves of the guava tree and some catechu. Chomp them together. This will cure even the most persistent of ulcers within a few days.

5. Mix some catechu in water till it gets a pasty consistency. Apply this paste on the ulcers.

6. Mix a ripe banana in curds that have been prepared from cow's milk. Eat this as a dessert.

7. When ulcers occur in the mouth, hot and spicy food must be stopped immediately.

8. Consuming more greens in the diet helps to be ever-protected from ulcers. Greens also provide the necessary fiber for the movement of bowels. This prevents constipation.

9. Papaya is a very good fruit to be consumed when you have mouth ulcers.

10. A decoction of the bark of the banyan tree reduces the pain caused by mouth ulcers.

11. The chebulic myrobalan is a component of the Triphala choorna, of which the amalaki is also an essential component.

12. Fenugreek leaves help in the treatment of mouth ulcers. An infusion of these leaves is used for gargling.

13. Henna is a cooling herb. It can provide a soothing effect on the ulcers

14. The Indian gooseberry or amalaki has a dual effect on ulcers.

15. Kattha is an extract of the Acacia catechu plant, known commonly in the west as the catechu plant.

16. Turmeric is also a cooling agent. It helps in relieving mouth ulcers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Tonsil Canker Sore + Sharp Ear Pain?
    *** This could get long, but please read on and help as much as you can, thanks ***

    Alright so I woke up about 3 days ago with a sore throat but only on the right part of my tonsils. Then later that day I found out (by feeling it) that it's a canker sore on my right tonsil, but deep in there (and I've never gotten them there ever before). Still later that day I started getting sharp ear pains whenever I swallow ON TOP of the throat pain. And I know that the throat and ears are very much connected since I can trace the area of pain with my finger on my neck from the canker sore itself all the way to the hole of my ear.

    I've read a lot of sites and pretty much all of them suggest to tough it out anywhere from 3 days to a couple weeks and do the best I can to numb the pain and speed the healing process. A couple sites suggested taking ibuprofen, but a couple sites say that ibuprofen was linked to canker sore causes, so now I'm confused. We have aspirin, but I'm a big guy (weight-wise) with somewhat of a high tolerance to drugs, and the aspirins we have are all low dose. ALTHOUGH, before I ever knew that ibuprofen could cause canker sores, I took about 400mg of it and fortunately, the ear pain would "lessen" in about 45 minutes and last about 4-5 hours. But should I continue using ibuprofen despite claims that it causes canker sores?

    It really sucks because the pain is keeping me from working out, eating properly, and sleep. When I thought about it, I came up with a ton of reasons as to why it started.

    -Stress and fatigue (Insanity workouts while I'm still overweight)

    -Ibuprofen (I had been taking ibuprofen almost everyday for the past week and a half)

    -Toothpaste (just found out that my toothpaste contained Sodium lauryl sulfate, which also causes cankers)

    -Weather (it was really windy that night when my throat started to hurt and my window was slightly opened, I may have caught some bacteria from the wind? Although I've read that tonsil cankers are not viral or bacterial, so not sure)

    -Just pure bad luck (maybe my tonsils got messed up from whatever I ate recently, or something whatever happened and caused a rupture, etc.)

    I'm continuing to perform home remedies though, in the hopes of speeding up the healing process. Like gargling baking soda or salt with warm water, gargling hydrogen peroxide, and applying baking soda paste (but since it's on my tonsil, it's hard to apply anything because that area is always wet and slippery).

    Final Questions:
    Which pain medication should I take for best results? Aspirin? Ibuprofen? Anything else?

    Any other effective home remedies to sooth it? Keep in mind that my canker sore is deep into my right tonsil so I'm gonna need to reach in there to touch it, etc.

    When should I go see a doctor? (Sad to say but no insurance at the moment, so this area could get flaky)

    THANK YOU!!

    • ANSWER:
      You could try lidoderm.

      My recommendation, go to any walgreens, rite-aid, walmart, or target. Head to the pharmacy dept and speak to the technician about your symptoms. They always give good advise for over the counter drugs that help with the pain.

      Good luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    Awful canker sores in my mouth?
    They're all over my inner gums, cheeks, tongue, and potentially the back of my throat if that's not a mono relapse (though my throat looks pretty clear). It feels like I dragged my tongue on like concrete, so it's getting to the point that it's unbearable.
    So far I've tried:
    -Rinsing with warm salt water (barely helps)
    -Orajel to numb them (helps, but either that or the salt water is thinning out my saliva, which is making my mouth very dry)
    -Rinsing with vanilla extract (don't know where I saw the suggestion to do that, but it didn't help. At all.)

    So. What are some over the counter meds for getting rid of canker sores that work really well, or some other crazy home-remedies I haven't tried yet. And don't suggest for me to use hydrocloroblahblah or anything that sounds like that, because I have no idea what that is or how to get it. Thanks in advance! Your help is GREATLY appreciated :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well you named pretty much everything that works for me. It sounds like you are getting too much Vitamin C in your diet. Stay away from EVERYTHING acidic while you have these canker sores. I suggest going to the doctor and getting a more solid suggestion on how to make this stop happening! It sounds like this is a bigger problem than a couple canker sores! Ouch!! Best of Luck!

      EDIT: Wow! I have never heard of the lemon juice technique.. but I seriously can't imagine this would be good for canker sores... Hmmm.

      EDIT: I looked some of these up:

      Trick 'em with a wet tea bag. Several experts, among them Ohio dermatologist Jerome Z. Litt, M.D., recommend applying a wet, black tea bag to the ulcer. Black tea contains tannin, an astringent that "may pleasantly surprise you" with its pain-relieving ability, he says. Tanac is an OTC medication that contains tannin.

      Get creative with Mylanta. Don't swallow your Mylanta or milk of magnesia. Instead, swish it around your mouth and allow it to protectively coat the sore. It may also have some antibacterial effect, Dr. Goepp says.

      Avoid irritation. Coffee, spices, citrus fruit, nuts high in the amino acid arginine (especially walnuts), chocolate, and strawberries irritate canker sores and cause them in some people. "If you get canker sores, you probably know darn well what you should stay away from," Dr. Goepp says. You probably already know, too, to brush your teeth carefully.

      Also, Dilute 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide in a glass of water and swish it around in your mouth to disinfect the sore and speed healing.

  3. QUESTION:
    Throat Pain! Please Help!?
    I went to the doctor about throat pain and fever. The doc said I had strep and signs of Scarlet Fever and prescribed me Penicillin V and Ibuprofen. That was on Thursday. The following monday, I went to another doctor, because the pain in my throat hadn't changed. The fever stopped, and all other symptoms stopped, but my throat continued to hurt. The doc said I had ulcers or canker sores in my throat. He said once the strep is fully gone, the sores should eventually go away. I looked in my throat and there are white concave holes all over my throat. They are flat sores, not round or pussy. They are on all sides of throat, tonsils, tongue, and cheek. There are about 20 of them, and they're roughly 3-5mm in diameter. It is the most painful thing I have ever experienced. I cannot swallow without coming to tears. I haven't eaten hardly anything since thursday and I've lost 5 pounds. The doctor also gave me some Lidocaine for the sores, but the effect only lasts a short time, and so does everything else I've tried. Also, I feel like more and more sores are appearing every day. My left lymph node on my neck is still swollen since thursday, and my tonsils look swollen too. Please, Please Help me. Please do not tell me to go see a doctor again, or try some home remedy thing. Right now, I don't care about temporary pain relief. I need answers and a time period. Please. Thank you for your help.

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  4. QUESTION:
    Massive canker sore in back of mouth? Hurts when I swallow!?
    For about two days I have been experiencing some pain in my mouth in the inside of my cheek. Being stupid, I tried to open up the inside of my mouth to try and find the canker sore and I repeatidly kept pulling my cheeks and trying to too find the pain. This made it VERY worse for me, since the past night I have MASSIVE pain every time I swallow and eat. This must be a big canker sour near my throat/further cheek area due to the severe pain when swallowing. It hurts alot right now as I'm typing and I'm worried. Also, every time I grin or try to stretch my cheek it hurts. Will this go away? And is there some sort of home remedy that I can make to help reduce the pain? Thank you

    P.S. I'm worried that there may be even two canker sores causing this. Could there be?

    • ANSWER:
      This is a remedy that always works for me. Apply salt generously and directly to the canker sore. Yes it will hurt for a few seconds, but for me, it clears it up within a day or two.

      I have also heard of applying a wet tea bag (black tea) to the sore.

      Also, think about your diet. Have you been eating a lot of anything lately? Whenever I eat too much yogurt I get them.

      Good luck.

  5. QUESTION:
    Severe canker sore in my mouth! Help?
    For about two days I have been experiencing some pain in my mouth in the inside of my cheek. Being stupid, I tried to open up the inside of my mouth to try and find the canker sore and I repeatidly kept pulling my cheeks and trying to too find the pain. This made it VERY worse for me, since the past night I have MASSIVE pain every time I swallow and eat. This must be a big canker sour near my throat/further cheek area due to the severe pain when swallowing. It hurts alot right now as I'm typing and I'm worried. Also, every time I grin or try to stretch my cheek it hurts. Will this go away? And is there some sort of home remedy that I can make to help reduce the pain? Thank you

    P.S. I'm worried that there may be even two canker sores causing this. Could there be?
    I sometimes feel like the pain is near my saliva gland since it hurts alot when I swallow. But thanks for your help, and to the person who thinks they're cancer sores......they are canker sores so I'm not gonna die, LOL. But it does really hurt and I don't have insurance.

    • ANSWER:
      salt water rinse

  6. QUESTION:
    white spot on back of throat/tonsils?
    I was wondering if someone could tell me what a white spot on the back of my throat would mean. It is one single spot, kind of medium in size and that is it. I also have a canker sore on my tounge, and was wondering if you could get a canker sore on the back of your throat tonsils area as well. If so how long would it take for it to go away, and are there and home remedies to try and make it go away faster, like gargling salt water, thanks for any info

    • ANSWER:
      Could be strep throat

  7. QUESTION:
    Tonsil Canker Sore + Sharp Ear Pain?
    *** This could get long, but please read on and help as much as you can, thanks ***

    Alright so I woke up about 3 days ago with a sore throat but only on the right part of my tonsils. Then later that day I found out (by feeling it) that it's a canker sore on my right tonsil, but deep in there (and I've never gotten them there ever before). Still later that day I started getting sharp ear pains whenever I swallow ON TOP of the throat pain. And I know that the throat and ears are very much connected since I can trace the area of pain with my finger on my neck from the canker sore itself all the way to the hole of my ear.

    I've read a lot of sites and pretty much all of them suggest to tough it out anywhere from 3 days to a couple weeks and do the best I can to numb the pain and speed the healing process. A couple sites suggested taking ibuprofen, but a couple sites say that ibuprofen was linked to canker sore causes, so now I'm confused. We have aspirin, but I'm a big guy (weight-wise) with somewhat of a high tolerance to drugs, and the aspirins we have are all low dose. ALTHOUGH, before I ever knew that ibuprofen could cause canker sores, I took about 400mg of it and fortunately, the ear pain would "lessen" in about 45 minutes and last about 4-5 hours. But should I continue using ibuprofen despite claims that it causes canker sores?

    It really sucks because the pain is keeping me from working out, eating properly, and sleep. When I thought about it, I came up with a ton of reasons as to why it started.

    -Stress and fatigue (Insanity workouts while I'm still overweight)

    -Ibuprofen (I had been taking ibuprofen almost everyday for the past week and a half)

    -Toothpaste (just found out that my toothpaste contained Sodium lauryl sulfate, which also causes cankers)

    -Weather (it was really windy that night when my throat started to hurt and my window was slightly opened, I may have caught some bacteria from the wind? Although I've read that tonsil cankers are not viral or bacterial, so not sure)

    -Just pure bad luck (maybe my tonsils got messed up from whatever I ate recently, or something whatever happened and caused a rupture, etc.)

    I'm continuing to perform home remedies though, in the hopes of speeding up the healing process. Like gargling baking soda or salt with warm water, gargling hydrogen peroxide, and applying baking soda paste (but since it's on my tonsil, it's hard to apply anything because that area is always wet and slippery).

    Final Questions:
    Which pain medication should I take for best results? Aspirin? Ibuprofen? Anything else?

    Any other effective home remedies to sooth it? Keep in mind that my canker sore is deep into my right tonsil so I'm gonna need to reach in there to touch it, etc.

    When should I go see a doctor? (Sad to say but no insurance at the moment, so this area could get flaky)

    THANK YOU!!

    • ANSWER:
      I didn't read the whole thing but you need and inflammatory drug. There are some relatively week ones that are ok to but in your mouth. I forget the name of it. By canker sore mouth wash and there should be an add for the medication.

      Some (many doctors) don't understand canker sores and do a mouth herpes test first. It's no use arguing with these doctors. Let them be sure. Then they will give you an approved cortisone ointment. (Bout - 5 out-of-pocket)

      I take up to 8 ibuprofen at once to get rid of the pain for an hour or two, but only do that say 2-3 times a day (it is a strong Rx dose). I also used hydro cortisone and my doctor freaked out because of the possible side effects but, as he admitted it would, it worked in 2-3 days.

      Try to make an appointment. A hospital referral line will recommend who is taking patients so it shouldn't be a long wait.

      Don't trust a Dr who immediately give you an antiviral - they don't understand and it won't do a thing.

      Go ASAP because they usually start to spread - in is an immune defense gone wrong.

      Good luck I know they are SUPER painful.


Home Remedies For Canker Sores In Kids

Many doctors call cold sore the plague of humanity. More than 90% of people have the simplex herpes virus but don't get cold sores until a catalyst causes it to erupt. In this article I will tell you what causes cold sores and what the best home remedies for cold sores are.

Cold sores are small, blister-like lesions which usually appear around the mouth, on other soft tissues inside your mouth, such as the inside of the cheek or the undersurface of the tongue. Cold sores are contagious, so you want to be careful that they don't spread to other parts of your body or other people.

There are two main reasons which cause cold sores. The first reason is the virus. As mentioned above, more than 90% of people have it. The second reason is vitamin deficient. Experts have revealed that the main cause of frequent cold sore is a Vitamin B deficiency.

Now let's talk about home remedies for cold sores. A good supplement of Vitamin B12 is very efficient if you want to prevent cold sores. You can find it in any pharmacy. Aloe and cornstarch paste which are to be applied to the infected area is also very popular home remedy for cold sores. Any pain caused by a cold sore can be eased by applying a cold compress of witch hazel to the affected area or by taking paracetamol pill.

However these methods won't treat your cold sore overnight. If you don't want to wait more than a month and want to learn how to get rid of your cold sore in less than 3 days naturally, you should visit the link below for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is the best home remedies for canker sores?
    -best medication / home remedies for canker sores...on gum, mouth and tongue..

    • ANSWER:
      no sugar & nothing acidic + swish with salt water. toothpaste is also irritating. drink lots of H2O & take lots of vitamins as it is usually a sign of a weakened immune system or vitamin deficiency.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for canker sores?
    I ended up biting my lip and it has since turned into a big ol canker sore that is very painful..I've been using chloraseptic spray for the pain but I want it to go away...any ideas would be helpful...thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      put some household table salt in a glass of warm water and swish it around your mouth. it will hurt like hell but trust me it makes things so much better faster. also try some abreva after you swish with the salt and water. hope this helps.

  3. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for canker sores?
    I've got a really bad canker sore on my lip and want to get rid of it! Anyone know of any home remedies to get rid of it??

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  4. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any natural cures/home remedies for Canker Sores?
    I want to get rid of it without paying for medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a mouth rinse called Prevention that works really well.

  5. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for treating canker sores?
    What R good home remedies for treating canker sores? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you arent going to like this...but my whole family swears by it. poke at it a little bit and put salt in it-straight table salt will dry it out and make it heal faster. it DOES hurt and it WILL be red...but for all of us-within 2 days at the most- it's gone.(i would do it before bed...give it time to heal while you're sleeping)

  6. QUESTION:
    anyone know of any home remedies for canker sores?
    i've had this really painful canker sore on the inside of my lower lip... its so painful to eat it's almost unbearable.

    can anybody help???

    • ANSWER:
      warm salt water, just enough salt that it tastes like tears
      another way is rubbing alcohol, or hydrogenpreoxide but i dont think that they work that well.
      it is best to use the salt rinse and let it go away on its own

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of/a home remedy for canker sores?
    Yesterday or so one of these canker sores popped up on my upper lip inside my mouth, and it got worse quickly. It hurts like heck and I'm looking for a fast remedy that might speed the healing, that can be made at home. I tried rinsing my mouth with saltwater, but because the sore is on my lip I don't think that the saltwater even touched it. I'd also like to know what could've caused the canker sore. Thanks so much, I apprecitate it!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know any home remedies, except abreva from the store. But as for what causes them, I've noticed that I tend to get canker sores when I haven't been getting enough sleep for a few nights in a row, and eating sugary foods tends to make them stick around longer before they heal. Hope this helps.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for canker sores? Anything for the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      There are medications you can take orally, however I recommend a mouth wash called Peroxyl. It helps them to heal faster by cleaning any bad bacteria that settles in the area. The few times I have had them, it neutralized the pain. If you go to a dentist they will have stuff to put on the area. Typically they will apply it. The stuff they have may help it to heal faster also.

  9. QUESTION:
    Any at home remedies for canker sores?
    I have a terrible canker sore that is bugging me beyond belief. I can't remember the last time I had one!! It's painful to eat, drinking, and even talk. I read that a canker sore usually lasts up to 2 weeks! Are there any at home remedies for a canker sore? Or, over the counter things?? If it's otc-- then, something cheap! I'm a broke college student-- I can barely afford to eat half the time. So, any ideas would be appreciated! Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      This is going to sound like a joke, but I'm serious. I used to get canker sores when I was younger. It took some time, but I finally realized that if I ate pickles the canker sores would go away by the next day. It hurts like heck to eat a pickle when you've got a canker sore, but I loved pickles so much I would eat them anyway. Get through the burn, and hopefully it'll work for you like it did for me. My son gets canker sores, too, and the pickle trick works for him.

  10. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      By gargling your mouth with salt water,
      the mouth ulcers will heal quickly.
      I found the homeremedies at
      http://aches.in/mouthulcer.html

  11. QUESTION:
    toddler (21mo) has lots of canker sores. Any home remedies?
    Due to viral infection, my toddler (21mo) has lots of canker sores. Dr cannot recommend anything besides tylenol or motrin, no mouthwashes can be used as he will swallow.

    are there any home remedies (safe to swallow) that I can use to help for comfort? tot is refusing food due to pain. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I hope this helps. It will drastically speed the healing, But for pain you might try baby oragel. If that helps the pain then you can use salt water. Warm salt water. Take and mix some up and a few times a day try to rub it on the sores. Maybe with a Q-tip (after you have applied the oragel). The salt will sting the wounds for a moment but it will greatly reduce the healing time. If the oragel does not comfort him then I would not try it.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy for canker sores?
    Im 38 weeks pregnant and my doctor confirmed I have canker sores, they gave me a magic mouthwash that doesn't seem to work at all. I cant take it no more and I want something that works faster. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately there really is no useful treatment.

      Each ulcer lasts about 10 days, but you can get further crops erupting, so each episode may last longer than that.

      Ice,ice cream and cold soft items, become the easiest things to eat. Teething gels sometimes help. There is now only one prescription drug for canker sores/apthous ulcers, Corlan Pellets, it is a steroid, it only reduces the nipping a bit and does not hasten resolution.

  13. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      I get these too and boy do they hurt! One thing I found to numb them up really good so you can eat without pain is Zilactin. Walmart sells it for about .00 a tube or you can get swabs to carry with you. Avoid spicy foods and if you eat anything spicy, brush your teeth and use mouthwash right away, it helps prevent them from coming on. To help get rid of them faster, you can dab them with an antacid like Maalox, coat them up good before you go to bed. I use the Zilactin in the daytime, and coat with a little salt and maalox at night and they do heal a little faster. I have heard that zinc losenges help them too but haven't tried that yet. I've prevented them by using alot of mouthwash after eating anything. I found that tomato sauces if really spicy, mustard, vinegar seem to bring them on.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for canker sores?
    I'm in soooo much pain. I've had canker sores before but never one like this. I feel like someone stabbed me in the mouth, because it lines up where my teeth close. It hurrrrts, what can I do to make this pain stop until it heals owwww

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores will get better on their own without any treatment. But there are things you can do to help it along and to feel better. Orajel and Anbesol, both of which you can get without a prescription, will numb the sore and make it less painful. There are also prescription medications you can get that will help. There are several mouthwashes that can help – look for one without alcohol. Even if you don’t have any of those treatments, you can rinse your mouth with warm salted water several times a day. It is gross, but it will help.

      These sites give the details about canker sores and how to treat them.

      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/mouth/canker.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Canker-Sores-or-Mouth-Ulcers
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview

  15. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for canker sore?
    Ouch! I had bitten my canker sore twice!
    can someone help me find a remedy for canker sore
    aside from letting it heal by itself which will take
    ages to heal.

    • ANSWER:
      gargling with salt water, and best of all, listerine (the kind that has the alcohol in it). gargle a a few times a day, and although it will sting, the listerine will help kill the germs, and help the sore heal faster, plus it kind of numbs it up, which is always nice!

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for really painful canker sores or sores in my mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      FACT: the best thing to use at home and most effective is also the cheapest thing you can buy.

      Hydrogen Peroxide.

      swish a tablespoon or two in your mouth and rinse. don't swallow as it's not the best for your stomach. VERY EFFECTIVE.

  17. QUESTION:
    home remedies for canker sores..please?
    quick

    • ANSWER:
      Put salt on it to dry it out.

  18. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies to get rid of canker sores?
    I've have problems with these for years and I can't figure out why. They're painful as hell and make it hard to eat and drink. Any ideas how to get rid of them or at least make the pain less intense?

    • ANSWER:
      CAUTION: PERSISTENT CANKER SORES LASTING MORE THAN 14 DAYS MAY INDICATE AN UNDERLYING CAUSE THAT OUGHT TO BE CHECKED BY A PHYSICIAN. Canker sores may also be caused by anemia, Iron deficiency, Vitamin B12 deficiency, or Folic acid deficiency. These deficiencies may be related to diet, or may in rare cases be caused by an intestinal disorder that will need a physician's treatment. A vitamin supplement may help you prevent canker sores. But for many people, the following is all they need to know to get rid of painful canker sores.

      I used to get canker sores all the time. They spoiled holiday meals. They kept me from enjoying the food on my first trip to Europe (ever try eating that delicious, hard German bread with an immense canker sore on the side of your tongue? Ouch!)

      I did research in medical journals, and even interviewed the world's leading aphthous stomatitis (the medical term for canker sores) researcher. But nobody could help me. Nobody even knew for sure what caused canker sores. Then I started putting 2 & 2 together on my own.

      What I figured out is that most of the pain of a canker sore comes from a secondary infection inhabited by bacteria or viruses, or maybe little red vermin from Venus--whatever it was, it was something my college microbiology class taught me how to deal with.

      After years of research and experimentation, I finally realized that a canker sore starts as a minor irritation in the mouth--perhaps a cut, perhaps an auto-immune reaction, perhaps an allergy. But, at least in my mouth, that irritation will heal by itself in a couple days UNLESS it becomes host to a secondary infection.

      When a secondary infection takes root in a small irritation, the canker sore starts to grow and become painful. Germs multiply and prosper all day long in that little irritation, but there’s enough activity in your mouth to keep them from really getting carried away. But then when you go to bed…that’s when things really get going. Those little germs party all night while your mouth is idle and has very little flow of saliva.

      That's why a canker sore hurts so bad when you first wake up.

      So, how do you get rid of these nasty party hounds? Just rinsing with an antiseptic won't do it. They put up a shield of mucous and just hunker down and wait out the assault. You've gotta get rid of that shield, then hit them with the antiseptic.

      Here's how I do it:

      AS SOON AS I FEEL A LITTLE CANKER SORE COMING ON (timing is crucial. This won't help much after the canker sore is large, and besides it hurts like the dickens on the big guys.)

      I take a swig of Listerine into my mouth (other antiseptic mouthwashes might work as well, I don't know) and hold it there for at least 60 seconds (I got the time from studying microbiology--it takes that long to make sure the germs are good and dead).
      While the mouthwash is in my mouth, I take my tongue and gently rub the canker sore. It hurts a bit, but not much if you get to it early enough. If the sore is on your tongue, rub it against some other part of the mouth to get rid of the mucous.
      After 60+ seconds, spit out the mouthwash. (NEVER SWALLOW ANY ANTISEPTIC UNLESS INSTRUCTED BY A COMPETENT MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL)
      Do this as soon as you feel a canker sore coming on. Then

      REPEAT THE PROCEDURE just before you go to bed. And
      REPEAT IT AGAIN first thing when you get up.
      You might want to do it once or twice more during the day.
      I find if I follow this procedure morning and night, nothing else is necessary.

      Keep repeating this procedure until the canker sore disappears (usually 2 to 3 days). The worst problem for me is that the cure works so well that in the morning I forget I have a canker coming on, and neglect to do the treatment. Then during the day it starts to revive.

      The only canker sores that have gotten big and troublesome in my mouth in the past 15 years are ones I've neglected to treat in this way. I bit the side of my tongue a few weeks ago, but treated it immediately with Listerine (while it was still bleeding), then followed my procedure night and morning. The spot was sore, but never became infected or particularly painful.

      Hope it works for you too!

      If you try it and it does or doesn't work, please write to me Ken Wade and let me know. Am I the only one this works for????

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      Canker sores do not require treatment.
      If the sore lasts more than 2 weeks, ask your dentist to examine it.
      Did you know?
      Sodium lauryl sulphate, a common ingredient in toothpaste is a major cause of aphthous ulcers.
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      Before leading the young man into my treatment room, I ask his mother if she has any questions. She says that there is a serious problem plaguing her son. He gets canker sores in his mouth. The sores make it difficult for him to eat and drink certain foods. When he has a canker sore, he cannot brush his teeth. He wants to know the best way to get rid of canker sores. Why does he get these sores? What can we do when he gets a sore? Is there a way to prevent mouth sores? What's the best way to get rid of canker sores?
      The young man is eager to discuss the problem. He points to a spot inside his lower lip, a red ulceration with a white rim. The entire sore is only about an eighth of an inch across. He has no other medical problems. He takes no medication, nor does he have a fever. He confides that he gets sores like this one after another. Sometimes, he has two or more at a time. He thinks that he gets more of them when he is nervous about school and dating. The individual cankers usually last for a week or two.

      Dentists refer to canker sores as aphthous ulcers or aphthae. Dentists are able to tell aphthae from similar appearing disorders such as oral herpes. Aphthae or apthous ulcers always appear on the smooth lining of the mouth, inside the lips and under and on the tongue. Oral herpes sores are similar, but affect different areas of the mouth and lips.

      Some people are prone to canker sores. Aphthae may appear without provocation or cause. Then again, an abrasion from a sharp piece of food, pressure on the lips from playing an instrument or sleeping face down, and emotional stress may cause an outbreak of ulcers. Another cause is a common chemical, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS).

      People who are prone to aphthous ulcers learn which foods they must avoid. Many find that acidic food and drink such as orange, pineapple, and tomato cause, and irritate mouth ulcers. Others may find that eating crunchy foods with sharp edges like potato chips and hard cereals bring out the worst canker sores.

      Sodium lauryl sulphate or SLS is a foaming agent. Most toothpastes and shampoos include SLS as a major ingredient. SLS is drying and irritating. Toothpastes for people with dry mouth (xerostomia) do not include SLS. Biotene (http://www.biotene.com) is the best known of the SLS free toothpastes. Biotene is available in most grocery stores and pharmacies in the U. S. Most people who use SLS free toothpaste will decrease the frequency of outbreaks of Aphthous ulcers. Additionally, SLS free toothpaste is more comfortable to use when sores are present.

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      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: People who have questions about their own dental issues should contact me directly. I am not always aware of comments left on an article. I did not know about questions from Mary Beth and Scott until just now. My appologies to all.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: Tracy, multiple canker sores can be normal. This is not a good forum to discuss this. You may contact me directly for more personalized information, or as your dentist to examine you soon, before the sores heal.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Nathan Burns: Dr. Leader, Your article is very informative. Thank you!
      (+2)

      tracy
      09/03/2006
      I Have 4 Big Canker Sores That Jus Came Out The Blue. Is That Normal?
      (+1)

      jdp
      08/21/2006
      Forget all the other remedies - Ora5 was like a miracle cure for me when I first tried it years ago; the pain goes straight away and the now painless ulcer soon leaves as well.
      (+2)

      scott
      08/16/2006
      I have just been diagnosed with a acute tonsilitus and have been very ill with a severe soar throat and a bad ear infection. At the same time I started getting very bad canker soars but only on my tounge. This has made it nearly impossible for me to eat or drink anything as my whole face and mouth throat are now in severe pain. Why did I get the canker soars? How can i get rid of them?

      MaryBeth
      08/13/2006
      I just had my 4 wisdom teeth taken out. I've never had canker sores such as the ones I have how. They are at the back of my mouth on both sides. Just behind where the bottom teeth were taken out. My tongue is numb and has a chalky feel to it. Puss is in my mouth every morning and I vomit. Help! Is this more serious than a typical canker sore? The roof of my mouth and sometimes the base burns at night and i sometimes feel a liquid sensation in my ear. Any input would help
      (-1)

      Dr. Dave Leader
      06/26/2006
      Many practitioners confuse oral herpes and canker sores. Canker sores occur on the moveable soft tissue of the mouth, the lining of the cheeks, under the tongue, and inside the lips. Herpes begins as a collection of small blisters that coalesce and ulcerate. Herpes usually occurs on the vermillion border of the lips and on the non-moveable gum tissue around the teeth, and the roof of the mouth. See a dentist to confirm your MD's diagnosis. I hope that helps you and your girlfriend.
      (+2)

      Jeff
      06/26/2006
      My girlfriend's doctor told her that both she and I have oral herpes because we have canker sores inside our mouths. I didn't think canker sores were a type of herpes. Am I right?

      Justin
      04/10/2006
      I've had a canker sore since around last August. Is there something wrong? It hasn't gone away since.
      (+8)

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      Treatments for cankers range from medicinal to metaphysical. The author recommends a few popular treatments to get rid of canker sores.
      The simplest treatment is to wait for the mouth sores to heal. Avoid food and drink that irritates the sores, sleep face up so that teeth do not rub the cankers at night, and take pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin, when necessary. The ulcers all heal within two weeks.

      There are many suggestions for treating aphthae nutritionally. Some recommend taking B complex and C vitamins. Another common tip to get rid of canker sores is to eat yogurt with active cultures (lactobacillus) or even lactobacillus tablets. The author does not find nutritional additives to be a helpful, but many people support this venue.

      Rinsing with warm salt water (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) is comforting and does seem to aid healing. This home remedy works for a variety of problems.

      There are many covering and numbing preparations available over-the-counter and by prescription. The author prefers Orabase with Benzocaine, cyanoacrylate bandage products, and viscous lidocaine.

      >Orabase is a gooey paste that is able to adhere directly to canker sores. Dab a small amount onto the ulcer to provide a protective coating. Do not smear Orabase on or apply a thick coating. It lasts long enough to eat a meal. Orabase is available with Benzocaine, a popular numbing medication. Orabase is also available with a steroid, Kenalog that speeds healing. Kenalog in Orabase is expensive (about .00 for a 5-gram tube), requires a prescription, and must be applied several times a day.

      >Cyanoacrylate products are similar to Super Glue (do not use glue in the mouth; it is not safe). Products like Colgate Soothe and Seal are easy to apply. They provide a hard barrier to protect the cankers from any irritation.

      >Dentists prescribe viscous lidocaine for patients to use as necessary for quick relief of mouth pain from a variety of conditions. The disadvantages of viscous lidocaine are its bitter taste, that it will numb the entire mouth, and that its effect only lasts a short time. Never the less, most people appreciate viscous lidocaine for its effectiveness and ease of use.

      Aphthous ulcers are a painful and bothersome oral condition. They will go away on their own. Try some of the over-the-counter and nutritional remedies. If you would like additional suggestions, or if your mouth ulcers last for more than two weeks, please consult your dentist.

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      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: People who have questions about their own dental issues should contact me directly. I am not always aware of comments left on an article. I did not know about questions from Mary Beth and Scott until just now. My appologies to all.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: Tracy, multiple canker sores can be normal. This is not a good forum to discuss this. You may contact me directly for more personalized information, or as your dentist to examine you soon, before the sores heal.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Nathan Burns: Dr. Leader, Your article is very informative. Thank you!
      (+2)

      tracy
      09/03/2006
      I Have 4 Big Canker Sores That Jus Came Out The Blue. Is That Normal?
      (+1)

      jdp
      08/21/2006
      Forget all the other remedies - Ora5 was like a miracle cure for me when I first tried it years ago; the pain goes straight away and the now painless ulcer soon leaves as well.
      (+2)

      scott
      08/16/2006
      I have just been diagnosed with a acute tonsilitus and have been very ill with a severe soar throat and a bad ear infection. At the same time I started getting very bad canker soars but only on my tounge. This has made it nearly impossible for me to eat or drink anything as my whole face and mouth throat are now in severe pain. Why did I get the canker soars? How can i get rid of them?

      MaryBeth
      08/13/2006
      I just had my 4 wisdom teeth taken out. I've never had canker sores such as the ones I have how. They are at the back of my mouth on both sides. Just behind where the bottom teeth were taken out. My tongue is numb and has a chalky feel to it. Puss is in my mouth every morning and I vomit. Help! Is this more serious than a typical canker sore? The roof of my mouth and sometimes the base burns at night and i sometimes feel a liquid sensation in my ear. Any input would help
      (-1)

      Dr. Dave Leader
      06/26/2006
      Many practitioners confuse oral herpes and canker sores. Canker sores occur on the moveable soft tissue of the mouth, the lining of the cheeks, under the tongue, and inside the lips. Herpes begins as a collection of small blisters that coalesce and ulcerate. Herpes usually occurs on the vermillion border of the lips and on the non-moveable gum tissue around the teeth, and the roof of the mouth. See a dentist to confirm your MD's diagnosis. I hope that helps you and your girlfriend.
      (+2)

      Jeff
      06/26/2006
      My girlfriend's doctor told her that both she and I have oral herpes because we have canker sores inside our mouths. I didn't think canker sores were a type of herpes. Am I right?

      Justin
      04/10/2006
      I've had a canker sore since around last August. Is there something wrong? It hasn't gone away since.
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  19. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for mouth ulcers or canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      I had to go to the dr for ulcers all in my mouth. The dr told me to buy Maalox, the liquid version (sold at local drug stores and walmart). Then take as directed on the bottle but to make sure you swish around in your mouth really good. It made the ulcers start feeling better in just a couple of days. You could also swish salt water around in your mouth (it tastes nasty and takes longer to cure them though).

  20. QUESTION:
    Help for canker sores? Any new ideas? Home remedies?
    My entire family seems to be plagued by canker cores from time to time. I was wondering if any of you have discovered good remedies, faster healing and pain relief.

    • ANSWER:
      Warm salt water is great and you can always take Tylenol for the pain but go to the store in the false teeth aisle and buy a medication that has lidocaine or benzocaine in it. You can use it in your mouth because it's for pain from false teeth and it numbs the pain for a while, especially long enough to get to sleep. Use as directed on package and don't forget the Tylenol.

  21. QUESTION:
    Home Remedy For Canker Sores?
    I have a HUGE canker sore in my mouth. Is there any home remedies to soothe the pain and heal the sore? Please Help!
    Thanks!
    Mrs.Abbey Smith
    TO JUSTLAUGH93:I would go to the store if it wasnt 11:00 at night!

    • ANSWER:
      I use to get them all the time. After following all the other good advice, if the sore is painful, take Tylenol and use a bit of Campho Phenique on a Q-tip and brush it over it. Still takes a few days to heal over but it will be less painful.

  22. QUESTION:
    what are some "home" remedies for canker sores??

    • ANSWER:
      It's gonna hurt, I'll tell ya right off the bat, but it'll be healed in NO TIME AT ALL.
      take a q-tip swab, dip it in hydrogen peroxide, and then scrub the HELL out of the sore for a few seconds. Oh my god, it will hurt, the sore will actually turn WHITE (you are done with it's this big white blob), rinse a few times...in a few hours, it will be almost healed (no pain) and by tomorrow, 99% gone.

      Here's a tip on how NOT to get canker sores (we're talking the stuff on your gums or inside lips--if its the outside of your lips, it's herpes)--do not use "tartar control" toothpaste. And get a "soft" toothbrush.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is there an easy home remedy for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores will get better on their own without any treatment. But there are things you can do to help it along and to feel better. Orajel and Anbesol, both of which you can get without a prescription, will numb the sore and make it less painful. There are also prescription medications you can get that will help. There are several mouthwashes that can help – look for one without alcohol. Even if you don’t have any of those treatments, you can rinse your mouth with warm salted water several times a day. It is gross, but it will help.

      These sites give the details about canker sores and how to treat them.

      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/mouth/canker.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Canker-Sores-or-Mouth-Ulcers
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview

  24. QUESTION:
    Canker sores really hurt- any for sure home remedies?
    My son has canker sores in his mouth and they are really hurting him. Please help with any suggestions to ease the pain or get rid of them quicker.

    • ANSWER:
      Eat more foods rich in vitamin B3 (niacin) to heal and speed recovery of canker sores ie ~ fish, lean meats, whole wheat products, liver, wheat germ, eggs, roasted peanuts, the white meat of poultry, avocdadoees, dates, figs and prunes.

      As another poster has already mentioned, rinsing out your mouth with warm salty water will ease the pain for you .

      Vitamin B3 rich foods will help eliminate canker sores and more often than not bad breath too. It will also give you healthier looking skin and help prevent and ease severity of headaches and migraines, reduce symptoms of diarrhea and increase circulation and reduce high blood pressure.

      Vitamin B3 is necessary for a healthy nervous system and brain functioning and lack of it will generally also bring about negative personality changes.

      Take a multi B complex tablet including all the B's ie: B1, B2 B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they work best synergistically (together)....... do not take any of the B complex of vitamins individually, but rather as a whole complex, unless specifically instructed to by a nutritionally oriented physician or naturopath.

      The B complex of vitamins is essential for healthy neural, digestive and immune system functioning.

      If you are lactose intolerant or vegetarian then it is really important that you supplement your diet with a multi B complex tablet on a daily basis.

      Things will rob you of your precious B complex of vitamins are :- eating too much protein, alcohol, eating too much tinned food, laxatives and diuretics, antiobiotics, antidepressants, penicillin, prednisone and aspirin, otc cold and flu medicines.

      Also, try to cut back on drinks such as caffeine, tea, sodas and soft drinks and alcohol if he drinks any of these, as they are all B complex thieves........ as well as being great at dehydrating you.

      Drink loads more fresh filtered water too as the healthiest and happiest body will always be the most hydrated one.

      hope this helps you

      Good health to you & yours♥

      CHEERS

  25. QUESTION:
    Household remedies for canker sores?
    So i don't have anymore of the canker sore gargle rinse, and i have a really bad canker sore. What are some good home remedies for getting rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      To ease the discomfort caused by the sore, here are some things you can do:

      • Extract some juice of the Aloe Vera plant, mix with water, and apply on the sore. Aloe Vera has many healing properties, and this will make the sore more bearable and shorter lived.

      • Prepare a mixture of two ounces of Hydrogen Peroxide and two ounces water, with five tablespoons of salt and one tablespoon baking soda. Gargle with this four to five times a day, focussing on the sore.

      • Apply wet black tea bags to the sore. The tannin in them will help the sores heal quicker.

      • Dabbing alum on the sore may make it hurt or smart, but after the initial discomfort, it will stop hurting and the sore will vanish in a couple of days. Do this twice a day.

      • A paste of baking soda and salt will help, especially when the sore is young.

  26. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies for getting rid of canker sores?
    i have a TON

    • ANSWER:
      Start taking The Canker Spanker. It's all natural and is pharmacist recommended. It's worked quickly for me and it can be used to prevent additional cankers from forming.

  27. QUESTION:
    at home remedy for canker sores?
    I have braces and lately if they rub against the inside of my mouth & irritate it soon turns into a canker sore (not a cold sore). I have stuff to numb it, but that doesn't seem to make them disappear any faster. Does anyone know of anything to make them go away sooner?

    • ANSWER:
      Make yogurt a daily ritual. "Eat at least four tablespoons of unflavored yogurt every day and you'll prevent canker sores," that its unclear why the yogurt works, but for some people it can be very effective.

      See the difference with vitamin C. "Vitamin C is very effective at preventing or healing canker sores, particularly for people who are under a lot of stress, consume a lot of alcohol or smoke," And that's worth noting, since these are the very people most at risk for canker sores. Five hundred milligrams a day is sometimes recommended for a vitamin C supplement-but check with your doctor first. To introduce more vitamin C to your daily diet, go for broccoli, cantaloupe, red bell peppers and cranberry juice. (Once you have a sore, however, the acidic juice may be more pain than gain.)

      Squeeze on some vitamin E. Vitamin C isn't the only nutrient that can help heal canker sores. squeezing the oil from a vitamin E capsule onto your canker sore can bring relief.

      Put some sore relief in your diet. Several studies show that one in seven people with canker sores is deficient in folate, iron and vitamin B, and doctors believe that upping these nutrients can help prevent sores or quicken recovery from them. Peas, beans and lentils are excellent folate sources; lean beef, tofu and fortified cereals are high in iron; and meats and seafood are high in B vitamins.

      Gargle with peroxide. "A solution of three parts water and one part hydrogen peroxide changes the pH of your saliva and makes for a harsh environment for the bacteria causing canker sores," "Mixing this solution and gargling or swishing it around your mouth several times a day is very helpful when you have a canker sore. But don't swallow it."

      Baste it with Orabase-B. This over-the-counter remedy gets thumbs-up from all our experts as the best relief money can buy at your neighborhood drugstore. "It's a sticky substance you put directly on the sore to stop the pain and promote healing,"

      Another over-the-counter product that comes highly recommended is Zilactin, a medicated gel. And for those preferring a liquid form, there's Zilactol, .

      Avoid sharp or spicy foods. And we mean that in both a culinary and a literal sense. "Many people know that you should avoid foods that are spicy or salty when you have a canker sore, because those foods increase the pain," "But you should also avoid foods with sharp edges, such as potato chips. Anything with rough edges can puncture the skin and cause canker sores."

      Besides spices and salt, it's best to avoid or limit citrus fruits and strawberries, cheeses, coffee, nuts and chocolate if you're prone to canker sores.

      Bag your pain with a tea bag. Rubbing a wet tea bag directly on the sore is another helpful home treatment, Black tea contains tannin, an astringent with powerful pain-relieving qualities. "If you're into herbal teas, drink chamomile tea, which cools canker sore pain and other mild skin irritations,"

      Ice it. Old cures are often the best, and there are few older (or better) than simply applying ice to the sore to help reduce pain and swelling.

      Mylanta may be your healer. Swish a tablespoon of the antacid Mylanta or milk of magnesia around your mouth to coat the sore, But only use this technique if you are sure your ulcer is not infected. If you coat an infected ulcer, the coating will protect the bacteria causing the infection. An infected ulcer is usually marked by a red ring around its base and a grayish yellow color

  28. QUESTION:
    Know any quick at-home remedies for a canker sore?
    I have the most painful canker sore in the middle of my lower gums. I get them a lot because I have metal braces. I have an poetry recitation to do tonight and I want my mouth to feel soothed. Any ideas besides salt/salt water?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a Q-tip and dip it in peroxide them rub it on your sour. I have braces and i get canker sours all over my tongue. Just do that and it will feel better almost instantly.

  29. QUESTION:
    I think using home remedies like alum powder might seriously contribute to Alzheimer's.?
    Do you think I am far off in my speculation? It is used in home remedies for canker sores, cold sores, douching and in canning. I notice people on the internet recommend it for so many things like its "great", but I am worried about long term effects for people using this stuff out there (especially in their mucous membranes). It raises the question, is Alzheimer's a genetic predispositionary-type only disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Aluminum (like is in Alum Powder, hydrated Aluminium Potassium Sulfate) has been shown to cause more symptoms of Alzheimer's and it's definitely not just a genetic predisposition (although genetics do make some people more likely to get it). My great aunt had Alzheimer's and passed away from "complications" of it (for lack of a better term), so I've done a lot of research on it.

      There are people who say it doesn't do anything negative and use products (deodorants, cosmetics, etc), but there are more products with Aluminum than there were 100 years ago and there are more cases of Alzheimer's than there were 100 years ago. That's not proof of a direct correlation, but you can't deny that there is very possibly/likely a link. I know I've switched to a natural deodorant without Aluminum that works well for me.

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a home remedy for sores on your tongue/canker sores?
    I know there are medications out there for the pain or whatever, but does anyone know anything I can put on them or rinse my mouth with that will make them heal fast?

    • ANSWER:
      a salt water garggle is good, and if it gets really bad, try some clove, either make clove tea, or buy some natural clove gum....there is an herb called lysine that also really works

  31. QUESTION:
    can some please give me a home remedy for canker sores and cold sores/fever blister or way to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      For canker sores you can get instant relief by obtaining a silver nitrate stick. These can be purchased at a farm supply store or even a major pet store. They are actually used when clipping the nails of a dog and when you clip them too close they will bleed. The silver nitrate stick is applied to the area which seals it instantly preventing further bleeding. It does have a bad taste to it and you just barely want to dab it on the sore. To get rid of the bad taste rinse your mouth out with salt water.

      As for cold sores Abreva is the best thing on the market for shortening the period of time the cold sore lasts. Another remedy is to apply Lysol to the area.

      Hope this helps.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for treating a canker sore?
    I've had one on my tongue since Monday or Tuesday and it still isn't gone. It hurts like crazy too. I can't even eat or talk without it hurting. Does anyone know what are good ways to get rid of it quickly?

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Whats a home remedy for canker sores? HELP!?
    I dont even know if its that. I think its is. What else could it be? Its like a bubble inside of my mouth and its kinda white inside. It hurts so bad and ive had it for three or four days. Is there anything I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      don't irritate it by running your tongue over it. Continuously garggle with salt water.

  34. QUESTION:
    Remedies for canker sores?
    do you know of any at home remedies that will take care of a canker sore?

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    OMG I have a canker sore!! Any home remedies?
    I have been reading other's questions on canker sores. Well I have one (i think) but I am not sure because mine is at the roof of my mouth.

    Yes it hurts like hell, I cant eat or drink (i think I am loosing weight..lol...not) I am hungry.

    Anywhoo is it possible to have a canker sore on the roof of your mouth?? And what should I be doing to get rid of it quicker. I have had it for almost a week and it is the same.
    Please help with any advice, input...it is greatly appreciated!!
    Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Usually canker sores only last 3 days or so (with me, anyway). You could try rinsing your mouth out with hydrogen peroxide, then painting the sore with merthiolate (that pink stuff that stains). If that doesn't work within a day or two, go see your dentist. My daughter had one on the inside of her lip that wouldn't go away (or rather, it went away for a few days, then came back, then went away, then came back, etc.). It turned out to be an irritated/ injured saliva gland, and ultimately they just removed it to keep it from coming back.

      Hope this helps.

  36. QUESTION:
    canker sore remedies?
    My boyfriend gets canker sores(also known as mouth ulcers) frequently, so I am looking for some good brands of toothpaste that do not contain sodium lauryl sulfate(it irritates canker sores). I hoping to help him improve his diet. Does any one have any home remedies for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Colgate makes a gel called Orabase that is great for canker sores. You apply it directly to the sore and it numbs the area.

      Hope that helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a home or herbal remedy for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      At WalMart you can buy Camphophenice (sounds like cam-fo-feneek)...

      My family called it "monkey blood" when I was growing up, I don't know why...sounds really derogatory.

      Its a pink liquid and they used to not sell it because it had mercury in it, anyways, they sell it without it now.
      You can put it on a q-tip and dab it on a sore throat or canker sore inside your mouth and it will make it feel better and go away within a day.

      I wouldn't put it on the outside of your mouth- it will stain pink/orange for a long time..

  38. QUESTION:
    a home remedied for a canker sores ?

    • ANSWER:
      By gargling your mouth with salt water,
      the mouth ulcers will heal quickly.
      I found the homeremedies at
      http://aches.in/mouthulcer.html

  39. QUESTION:
    Home remedy to cure constant Canker Sores?
    I have canker sores almost constantly. We think it is from my hormones and is caused from my monthly cycle. They are very Painful and I talked to my doctor and she said there is nothing that she can prescribe to me that is not over the counter. They are very painful and right now i have about 7 under my tongue on the right side all the way from the front to the back and they were bleeding because they are so bad. They are white. I have tried a treatment that my mom used as a kid called ALAM. it stung like crazy and i don't think it helped. It put me in tears and i am just looking for some relief. I would Rather something that would make it heal and go away faster. Thanks i hope i get some good answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Eat more foods rich in vitamin B3 (niacin) to heal and speed recovery of canker sores ie ~ fish, lean meats, whole wheat products, liver, wheat germ, eggs, the white meat of poultry, avocdadoees, dates, figs and prunes.

      Vitamin B3 rich foods will help eliminate canker sores and more often than not bad breath too. It will also give you healthier looking skin and help prevent and ease severity of headaches and migraines, reduce symptoms of diarrhea and increase circulation and reduce high blood pressure.

      Vitamin B3 is necessary for a healthy nervous system and brain functioning and lack of it will generally also bring about negative personality changes.

      Take a multi B complex tablet including all the B's ie: B1, B2 B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they work best synergistically (together)....... do not take any of the B complex of vitamins individually, but rather as a whole complex, unless specifically instructed to by a nutritionally oriented physician or naturopath.

      The B complex of vitamins is essential for healthy neural, digestive and immune system functioning.

      If you are lactose intolerant or vegetarian then it is really important that you supplement your diet with a multi B complex tablet on a daily basis.

      Things will rob you of your precious B complex of vitamins are :- stress, eating too much protein, alcohol, eating too much tinned food, laxatives and diuretics, antiobiotics, antidepressants, penicillin, prednisone and aspirin, otc cold and flu medicines.

      Also, try to cut back on drinks such as caffeine, tea, sodas and soft drinks as they are all B complex thieves........ as well as being great at dehydrating you.

      Drink loads more fresh filtered water too as the healthiest and happiest body will always be the most hydrated one.

      Is it possible that you have Coeliac disease ?? It is an inability to digest the grains barley, oats, wheat and rye due to a sensitivity to gluten which is a compound found in those grains....Mouth ulcers and dermatitis around the corners of the mouth are common in Coeliac disease.

      The gluten damages the cells lining the small intestine, and the mucosal surface becomes flat, losing the normal folds known as villi. These damaged mucosal cells are unable to absorb nutrients from the food and severe nutritional deficiencies eventually occur.

      Coeliac disease is often hereditary. The disease can begin at any age and in children, it appears after weaning them onto gluten containing foods. In adults it usually begins in the third and fourth decade, and its more common in females.

      The symptoms are usually very gradual in onset and may start with only fatigue. Common intestinal symptoms include abdominal discomfort, bloating, diarrhoea and weight loss. There is difficulty in absorbing fat from the food. This makes the bowel actions large, pale and fatty so that they tend to float on top of the water and are difficult to flush down the toilet.

      take care of you

      peace

  40. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for canker sore?
    Is there anything I can use at home to help cure/alleviate the pain of a canker sore in my mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      In most cases, they will resolve on their own, without any treatment within 14 days or so. Try buying Chlorhexidine mouthwash (Corsodyl) this sometimes helps to reduce the pain. This can be brought OTC. There is also some evidence that it may help mouth ulcers to heal more quickly and it can also prevent the ulcer from becoming infected. Try not to use it for too long though, because it can cause staining to the teeth. If the inflammation is really bad, you can also try steroid lozenges ( e.g. Corlan)

      In addition, take paracetamol unless contraindicated. You could also apply something topically like Bonjella. If you are under the age of 16, buy actual bonjella teething gel for baby's as it no longer contains choline salicylate and has been reformulated with lidocaine. This is safer as excess use of the other Bonjella can lead to Reye's syndrome in young people and children.

      The quacks often mention salt water, there is little or no evidence that this is very helpful, in actual fact it might cause further irritation.

      If the ulcer is still present after 2-3 weeks without any sign of healing, gets worse and/or you develop further symptoms and a temperature, see your GP.
      =============================================
      @ KTC: Not even wrong. The body pH will NOT alter in response to acidy or alkaline foods you eat. Any change is quickly rectified by your homoeostatic mechanisms. Avoiding acidy foods will not solve this problem. However, acidy foods may act as a local irritant so its rational to avoid acidy and spicy foods at the moment.

      I'm not suggesting treating symptoms and not the cause. It will likely resolve by itself without ANY intervention. I'm just trying to suggest things that will alleviate pain in the meantime. I also stated that he does not need to see his GP unless symptoms fail to improve or get worse.

  41. QUESTION:
    what is the home remedy or OTC medicine for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores tend to occur because of stress, illness, weakened immune system, injury caused by such things as hot food, rough brushing of teeth, or dentures.

      You can use some essentials oils to soothe the pain and increase healing time such as Melissa, sandalwood, melaleuca quienquenervia. Or you can mix sage withe either clove or lavender or sage with an essential oil blend produced by Young Living called thieves.

      Golden seal root powder taken internally can also help as well as an immune system supportive supplement called ImmuPro also produced by Young Living.

      If you choose to try essential oils in a therapeutic context, please make sure they are of therapeutic-grade. If you have difficulty finding them, feel free to contact me for further information.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is a good remedy for canker sores?
    My little brother gets millions of canker sores inside his mouth.. he has a ton of them right now on his tongue and the insides of his gums.. he's home from school and I was wondering what are some good remedies for them?
    We have done:
    Sugar
    Tylenol
    Benadryl
    Various mouth numbing medicines

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Try these home remedies to cure canker sores:

      - Apply directly a drop of peppermint oil to the sore to reduce pain.

      - Rinse your mouth with aloe juice. If the sore is too bad, then apply it on the sore using acotton ball.

      - Brush you teeth with baking soda or apply it directly on the sores to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth.

      - Boil four broken cinnamon sticks in a cup of water and gurgle

      For more info, check this site:
      http://www.nature-medicine.info/category/canker-sores
      http://www.effective-home-remedies.com/cankersores.html

  43. QUESTION:
    Does honey really work on curing canker sores? Or any other remedies that you use would be nice to hear...?
    I have a REALLY bad canker sore it's like in a cluster on my lip (inside), and I hear honey works, but these canker sores are really bad because I accidently bit my lip. (Ouch)

    So far tonight, I have put on a black tea bag on it, and I am trying the honey, and I just want it gone by tomorrow, or at least BETTER, or gone DOWN by tomorrow.

    I am hoping honey works, because my other thought is the salt idea.

    The salt idea sounds like it might work...
    Like to put it on my sore right before bed, and then it may be down before morning.

    I am asking for at home remedies, because I don't have any store brands of medicine, or any access to it.

    So uck.

    Any help please?

    • ANSWER:
      orajel works really well
      or ice

  44. QUESTION:
    The best home remedy for a canker sore or ulcer on your tongue?
    It's huge! It's straight through my tongue! It hurts! It feels like bees are stinging my tongue everytime I talk or open my mouth!!!! HELP!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      To speed the healing process the vitamin L-lysine helps but for immediate relief go to the pharmacy and get a tube of zilactin OTC It is a little pricey usually under 12 dollars and it stings when u first apply but after a few seconds it makes a protective film over the area and lasts for a few hours there are other variations of this as well at pharmacy but this works best for me

  45. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy for a canker sore?

    • ANSWER:
      Medical grade Tea Tree oil, no pain right away, starts the healing process. If you feel one coming on and use it you will probably never see it.

  46. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for a canker sore?
    Any suggestions other than rinsing with salt water? This thing is killing me!

    • ANSWER:
      I use to dab salt on mine. It burned at first but it helped. You can also buy a rinse at the drug store called peroxyl. That works great for me too. It has peroxide in it.

  47. QUESTION:
    What home remedies are there for my son's canker sore? It is in his mouth and he is in pain.?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are 13 home remedies that deal with Canker Sores:
      http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/47/26.cfm

      Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    what is a home remedy for a canker sore?

    • ANSWER:
      Yup, rinse your mouth out with straight hydrogen peroxide.

  49. QUESTION:
    How can I treat a canker sore at home?
    I hate getting canker sores. They are terribly annoying and leave you with much discomfort. I need to know how to get rid of them in my own home. Over the counter stuff is out of the question, and that salt remedy never works for me.

    Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      tea bag!
      suck on one!
      [seriously]
      (green tea)

  50. QUESTION:
    remedies for cankers?
    What are some good home remedies for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      swish warm salt water


Home Remedies For Canker Sores In Mouth

The internet has many sites that list cold sore treatments home remedies. Can this information be trusted? After all, we've read that wikipedia is a site where users add their own information and that many universities are having trouble with the veracity of it's content.

When you look at a discussion forum or a message board on health problems such as cold sore blisters try to see if the recommendation has received any feedback- positive or negative. This can help you get a little bit of perspective on the usefulness of a natural remedy for herpes that someone is suggesting.

Keep in mind that people are self-diagnosing and they may not even have had a cold sore but it could be a canker sore or a pimple on their lip. In any case, here are a few recommendations I've found on the net so let's review them:

1) Put nail polish on the cold sore. I'm not too sure if I like this idea. Nail polish is used for chiggers by some people. We are talking about a sensitive area, the lip. You also eat and lick your lips so need to be aware of what chemicals will be on your lips. I don't think this is a great idea.

2) Avoid peanuts . Yes, for me the argine in peanut butter can cause an eruption and there are many studies that say that an imbalance of amino acids can cause cold sore outbreaks. Try to avoid argine rich foods such as peanuts and chocolate.

3) Put tabasco sauce on the lip. Hmm, I don't recommend this. I never tried it but don't think burning the cold sore is a way to help it heal.

4) Eat yogurt and take acidopholous tablets. Yes, this sounds good and this builds the immune system and gives you good bacteria.

5) Use toothpaste on the lip cold sore and also apply listerine. In my research someone wrote they react negatively to sodium laurel sulfate which is in toothpaste so I am not sure this will be an effective treatment or if it can cause a reaction. In terms of using listerine, it depends on how your skin reacts to alcohol. Some of the listerines can be very strong. This needs more research.

6) Apply drying formulas from acne medications. No, an acne pimple is not the same as a cold sore which is a virus. If you dry your lips out the scab can open very easily as it tries to heal.

Try to study and evaluate each proposed suggestion and be sure you find others who have positive responses before trying an internet cold sore solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for really painful canker sores or sores in my mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      FACT: the best thing to use at home and most effective is also the cheapest thing you can buy.

      Hydrogen Peroxide.

      swish a tablespoon or two in your mouth and rinse. don't swallow as it's not the best for your stomach. VERY EFFECTIVE.

  2. QUESTION:
    Canker sores really hurt- any for sure home remedies?
    My son has canker sores in his mouth and they are really hurting him. Please help with any suggestions to ease the pain or get rid of them quicker.

    • ANSWER:
      Eat more foods rich in vitamin B3 (niacin) to heal and speed recovery of canker sores ie ~ fish, lean meats, whole wheat products, liver, wheat germ, eggs, roasted peanuts, the white meat of poultry, avocdadoees, dates, figs and prunes.

      As another poster has already mentioned, rinsing out your mouth with warm salty water will ease the pain for you .

      Vitamin B3 rich foods will help eliminate canker sores and more often than not bad breath too. It will also give you healthier looking skin and help prevent and ease severity of headaches and migraines, reduce symptoms of diarrhea and increase circulation and reduce high blood pressure.

      Vitamin B3 is necessary for a healthy nervous system and brain functioning and lack of it will generally also bring about negative personality changes.

      Take a multi B complex tablet including all the B's ie: B1, B2 B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they work best synergistically (together)....... do not take any of the B complex of vitamins individually, but rather as a whole complex, unless specifically instructed to by a nutritionally oriented physician or naturopath.

      The B complex of vitamins is essential for healthy neural, digestive and immune system functioning.

      If you are lactose intolerant or vegetarian then it is really important that you supplement your diet with a multi B complex tablet on a daily basis.

      Things will rob you of your precious B complex of vitamins are :- eating too much protein, alcohol, eating too much tinned food, laxatives and diuretics, antiobiotics, antidepressants, penicillin, prednisone and aspirin, otc cold and flu medicines.

      Also, try to cut back on drinks such as caffeine, tea, sodas and soft drinks and alcohol if he drinks any of these, as they are all B complex thieves........ as well as being great at dehydrating you.

      Drink loads more fresh filtered water too as the healthiest and happiest body will always be the most hydrated one.

      hope this helps you

      Good health to you & yours♥

      CHEERS

  3. QUESTION:
    Home Remedy For Canker Sores?
    I have a HUGE canker sore in my mouth. Is there any home remedies to soothe the pain and heal the sore? Please Help!
    Thanks!
    Mrs.Abbey Smith
    TO JUSTLAUGH93:I would go to the store if it wasnt 11:00 at night!

    • ANSWER:
      I use to get them all the time. After following all the other good advice, if the sore is painful, take Tylenol and use a bit of Campho Phenique on a Q-tip and brush it over it. Still takes a few days to heal over but it will be less painful.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for canker sores?
    I'm in soooo much pain. I've had canker sores before but never one like this. I feel like someone stabbed me in the mouth, because it lines up where my teeth close. It hurrrrts, what can I do to make this pain stop until it heals owwww

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores will get better on their own without any treatment. But there are things you can do to help it along and to feel better. Orajel and Anbesol, both of which you can get without a prescription, will numb the sore and make it less painful. There are also prescription medications you can get that will help. There are several mouthwashes that can help – look for one without alcohol. Even if you don’t have any of those treatments, you can rinse your mouth with warm salted water several times a day. It is gross, but it will help.

      These sites give the details about canker sores and how to treat them.

      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/mouth/canker.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Canker-Sores-or-Mouth-Ulcers
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview

  5. QUESTION:
    I need a remedy for a mouth ulcer/canker sore.?
    I bit my cheek really hard a few days ago and now I have a mouth ulcer (or some people call them canker sores) where I bit it. It is pretty big and painful. I have read up on all the home remedies out there (all the herbs, milk of magnesia, salt water, peroxide, even constipation remedies!) and want to know which ones actually have worked for you. This ulcer is right in the center of my cheek so my top and bottom teeth brush it every time I open my mouth! I need some relief soon! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Brush your teeth so that the sore doesn't become more infected, and then gargle with hydrogen peroxide for at least a minute. Do this twice a day after brushing your teeth and it will start to heal within a couple of days. This has ALWAYS worked for me. Salt water burns too much so this is a great alternative. You can also go to the store and get some Oragel (the kind you use for teething babies) and apply it directly to the sore for instant relief.

      Best of luck to you! I feel your pain!

  6. QUESTION:
    Know any quick at-home remedies for a canker sore?
    I have the most painful canker sore in the middle of my lower gums. I get them a lot because I have metal braces. I have an poetry recitation to do tonight and I want my mouth to feel soothed. Any ideas besides salt/salt water?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a Q-tip and dip it in peroxide them rub it on your sour. I have braces and i get canker sours all over my tongue. Just do that and it will feel better almost instantly.

  7. QUESTION:
    What home remedies are there for my son's canker sore? It is in his mouth and he is in pain.?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are 13 home remedies that deal with Canker Sores:
      http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/47/26.cfm

      Good luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    Awful canker sores in my mouth?
    They're all over my inner gums, cheeks, tongue, and potentially the back of my throat if that's not a mono relapse (though my throat looks pretty clear). It feels like I dragged my tongue on like concrete, so it's getting to the point that it's unbearable.
    So far I've tried:
    -Rinsing with warm salt water (barely helps)
    -Orajel to numb them (helps, but either that or the salt water is thinning out my saliva, which is making my mouth very dry)
    -Rinsing with vanilla extract (don't know where I saw the suggestion to do that, but it didn't help. At all.)

    So. What are some over the counter meds for getting rid of canker sores that work really well, or some other crazy home-remedies I haven't tried yet. And don't suggest for me to use hydrocloroblahblah or anything that sounds like that, because I have no idea what that is or how to get it. Thanks in advance! Your help is GREATLY appreciated :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well you named pretty much everything that works for me. It sounds like you are getting too much Vitamin C in your diet. Stay away from EVERYTHING acidic while you have these canker sores. I suggest going to the doctor and getting a more solid suggestion on how to make this stop happening! It sounds like this is a bigger problem than a couple canker sores! Ouch!! Best of Luck!

      EDIT: Wow! I have never heard of the lemon juice technique.. but I seriously can't imagine this would be good for canker sores... Hmmm.

      EDIT: I looked some of these up:

      Trick 'em with a wet tea bag. Several experts, among them Ohio dermatologist Jerome Z. Litt, M.D., recommend applying a wet, black tea bag to the ulcer. Black tea contains tannin, an astringent that "may pleasantly surprise you" with its pain-relieving ability, he says. Tanac is an OTC medication that contains tannin.

      Get creative with Mylanta. Don't swallow your Mylanta or milk of magnesia. Instead, swish it around your mouth and allow it to protectively coat the sore. It may also have some antibacterial effect, Dr. Goepp says.

      Avoid irritation. Coffee, spices, citrus fruit, nuts high in the amino acid arginine (especially walnuts), chocolate, and strawberries irritate canker sores and cause them in some people. "If you get canker sores, you probably know darn well what you should stay away from," Dr. Goepp says. You probably already know, too, to brush your teeth carefully.

      Also, Dilute 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide in a glass of water and swish it around in your mouth to disinfect the sore and speed healing.

  9. QUESTION:
    How to heal Canker/Mouth sore?
    I bit my mouth, and for a few days i accidentally bit it more, and it hurts a lot. Can anyone tell me some natural/home remedies to heal it or at least make it diminish a bit? Thank you. :)

    Posted here again just in case if i dont get any answers in the other category.
    Paul gave a useless answer to me. Just got reported for adult content.

    • ANSWER:
      Vitamin C may be taken and any iodine containing solution such as Mandels paint may be applied to the affected part.

  10. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for canker sore?
    Is there anything I can use at home to help cure/alleviate the pain of a canker sore in my mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      In most cases, they will resolve on their own, without any treatment within 14 days or so. Try buying Chlorhexidine mouthwash (Corsodyl) this sometimes helps to reduce the pain. This can be brought OTC. There is also some evidence that it may help mouth ulcers to heal more quickly and it can also prevent the ulcer from becoming infected. Try not to use it for too long though, because it can cause staining to the teeth. If the inflammation is really bad, you can also try steroid lozenges ( e.g. Corlan)

      In addition, take paracetamol unless contraindicated. You could also apply something topically like Bonjella. If you are under the age of 16, buy actual bonjella teething gel for baby's as it no longer contains choline salicylate and has been reformulated with lidocaine. This is safer as excess use of the other Bonjella can lead to Reye's syndrome in young people and children.

      The quacks often mention salt water, there is little or no evidence that this is very helpful, in actual fact it might cause further irritation.

      If the ulcer is still present after 2-3 weeks without any sign of healing, gets worse and/or you develop further symptoms and a temperature, see your GP.
      =============================================
      @ KTC: Not even wrong. The body pH will NOT alter in response to acidy or alkaline foods you eat. Any change is quickly rectified by your homoeostatic mechanisms. Avoiding acidy foods will not solve this problem. However, acidy foods may act as a local irritant so its rational to avoid acidy and spicy foods at the moment.

      I'm not suggesting treating symptoms and not the cause. It will likely resolve by itself without ANY intervention. I'm just trying to suggest things that will alleviate pain in the meantime. I also stated that he does not need to see his GP unless symptoms fail to improve or get worse.

  11. QUESTION:
    Question about canker sores?
    i have like 4 canker sores in my mouth. they burn so bad!! but one of them concerns me. on the top of my mouth on my gum i have 2 canker sores next to eachother, but they're not just normal canker sores, they made like a lump of of saggy gum tissue ( i guess you could call it that) i was wondering if this is common? does anyone have any at home remedies that bring down the pain for a long period of time?

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores usually go away without any treatment. For pain relief, you can try taking ibuprofen or Advil or Tylenol. Other medicines, such as Anbesol, Orajel, Orabase and Zilactin-B, might keep your canker sores from becoming irritated by eating, drinking or brushing your teeth. These medicines are applied directly on the sore.

      Canker sores aren't contagious, but usually when you get one, you will get them frequently in life. You can't really do anything to prevent them. However, using a toothpaste that does not contain SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) or other irritating ingredients, avoiding chewing gum, hard, crunchy or spicy foods may help reduce mouth irritation. Brushing your teeth after meals, using a soft toothbrush and flossing every day will also keep your mouth free of food that might cause a canker sore.

      You can try adding salt to a glass of water, and gurgling that in your mouth for a minute and spitting it out. It might sting, but it will clean the sore and help heal it.

  12. QUESTION:
    canker sore?
    Does anybody know what the home remedies for canker sore in the mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      try boiling sliced ginger in water, then add some honey and drink.. it might help. also try gargling with salt water 3x a day... it helps a lot.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of canker sores?
    I have about 3 in my mouth right now. And they hurt badly. Does anyone have any home remedies for it to go away or at least for it to be smaller? No stuff you have to buy at the store. And stuff that actually works? I don't want it to spread or get even bigger. Thanks. Oh and does cinnamon on it work?

    • ANSWER:
      Warm cup of water, sprinkle in 1 teaspoon of salt, mix well, swish it all around in your mouth, making sure it gets to all of the cankers and ulcers. Swish for 1-2 minutes and spit it out, don't rinse, the salt will speed the healing of your cankers. Don't eat things that are acidic like orange juice or vinegar, that stings and inflames the cankers.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any treaments for canker sores?
    I have 3 canker sores in my mouth, one on my bottom gum and about 2 side by side at the top. I have had them for about 4-5 days and i have had enough of it. I rinse my mouth out with warm water and salt about 4-5 times a day, and i have this liquid stuff that numbs it for a while. But that only works for about 20-3- minutes. So does anyone know any home remedies or techniques i can have to help them? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are two things that usually work. They sound weird, but bear wih me.
      1) swish apple cider vinegar in your mouth brfore you go to bed
      2) rinse your mouth with listerine pre-brush whitening rinse. It has alcohol in it to keep it clean and hydrogen peroxide to kill the canker sores. This works better than the vinegar for the ones on your gums

  15. QUESTION:
    Severe canker sore in my mouth! Help?
    For about two days I have been experiencing some pain in my mouth in the inside of my cheek. Being stupid, I tried to open up the inside of my mouth to try and find the canker sore and I repeatidly kept pulling my cheeks and trying to too find the pain. This made it VERY worse for me, since the past night I have MASSIVE pain every time I swallow and eat. This must be a big canker sour near my throat/further cheek area due to the severe pain when swallowing. It hurts alot right now as I'm typing and I'm worried. Also, every time I grin or try to stretch my cheek it hurts. Will this go away? And is there some sort of home remedy that I can make to help reduce the pain? Thank you

    P.S. I'm worried that there may be even two canker sores causing this. Could there be?
    I sometimes feel like the pain is near my saliva gland since it hurts alot when I swallow. But thanks for your help, and to the person who thinks they're cancer sores......they are canker sores so I'm not gonna die, LOL. But it does really hurt and I don't have insurance.

    • ANSWER:
      salt water rinse

  16. QUESTION:
    Massive canker sore in back of mouth? Hurts when I swallow!?
    For about two days I have been experiencing some pain in my mouth in the inside of my cheek. Being stupid, I tried to open up the inside of my mouth to try and find the canker sore and I repeatidly kept pulling my cheeks and trying to too find the pain. This made it VERY worse for me, since the past night I have MASSIVE pain every time I swallow and eat. This must be a big canker sour near my throat/further cheek area due to the severe pain when swallowing. It hurts alot right now as I'm typing and I'm worried. Also, every time I grin or try to stretch my cheek it hurts. Will this go away? And is there some sort of home remedy that I can make to help reduce the pain? Thank you

    P.S. I'm worried that there may be even two canker sores causing this. Could there be?

    • ANSWER:
      This is a remedy that always works for me. Apply salt generously and directly to the canker sore. Yes it will hurt for a few seconds, but for me, it clears it up within a day or two.

      I have also heard of applying a wet tea bag (black tea) to the sore.

      Also, think about your diet. Have you been eating a lot of anything lately? Whenever I eat too much yogurt I get them.

      Good luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    Mouth Ulcer/ Canker Sore?
    I have 3 mouth ulcers in my mouth at the moment because I bit the side of my mouth. They always last like 15 days for me and they get really big and then get small again.

    I've used:
    Dry Salt
    Bonjela
    SM33
    Honey
    Toothpaste

    but none of them seem to be working. Is there anything that actually works from the chemist or some home remedy which won't just numb it or wear of after 2 minutes.

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same problem

      try ' Adcortyl '

      it forms a gel like covering over the ulcer so it doesn't hurt and shrinks it :)

      although, I have become immune to it now.

  18. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of canker sore?!?! Help!?
    So i have this canker sore in my mouth and it hurts sooo bad! Its been there for 4 days and OMG! it hurts :( and... 1- how to relieve the pain? and 2- how to get rid of it!
    please help mee! home remedies or whatever will help please. thanks(:

    • ANSWER:
      Your best bet is to get a prescription from a dentist for either Aphthasol or Kenalog in Orabase. These medications tend to reduce the inflammation and ulceration that develop when canker sores occur. To get the maximum benefit, you really need to apply the ointment as soon as you think the sores are coming. If you wait until an ulceration is full blown, the healing will be delayed. You'll find the healing time can be less than a week rather than 10-14 days. (Orabase by itself will only relieve pain and may not promote early healing.)

      Canker sores occur because of a lot of reasons (allergies, stress, diet, heredity). You might see if your canker sores are triggered by eating certain foods like peanuts, chocolate, or citrus fruits. Canker sores can be a result of an allergic reaction manifesting in your mouth.

      Some people also have said that eating yogurt (containing active Lactobacillus acidophilus cultures) prevents further outbreaks and helps heal sores faster. Some people also say that opening a capsule of Vit E and applying the liquid right on the sore for pain relief. Warm salt water causes temporary relief but I found that Orabase or Ambesol nuimbs it longer.

      From a nutritional standpoint, make sure you're not deficient in folate, iron and vitamin B12. You might want to take a multivitamin tablet in an attempt to reduce future outbreaks.

  19. QUESTION:
    Canker sores or something else?:(?
    Well on Monday I had one white canker sore....tuesday 2 or 3......and wednesday I had 5 or 6 ....and today I have 7 (three on one side of my mouth...three on the other...and one underneath or on the side of my tongue..) they are extremely painful....i cant talk,eat,drink,or sleep..i've missed school for 2 days and don't want to get too behind so I need to know why they are keeping me from living my life. My lower lip and jaw is swollen....and i have a fever....i went to the doctor yesterday and he gave me some tropical ointment but it had no effecy on me.
    I have also tried canker cover,orajel,and a few home remedies (honey,mouthwash,etc) but they have no effect.I can barely drink water or swallow my fever medicine because it hurts too much to swallow,spit,or even open my mouth.All i've had to eat since the day before yesterday was coke,a few spoonfuls of ramen noodles, and my fever medicine.I have been crying for two days because it hurts so much and I'm missing so much work from school.My parents have tried to get me to drink slim-fast so I could get some nutrients in my body but even swallowing that from a straw hurts because of the sore on my tongue.I know that i CANNOT take even another day of this so how can this be helped?Thank you so much for answering and I cannot express how much I just want this to go away.
    Btw I am a 14 yo girl....my fever was 102 yesterday....and this is the first time I've had these sores.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok sweetie, just calm down. We'll get this figured out. :)

      Are you stressed? Did you try a new food in the past few weeks? Any weather changes where you are? Re-trace your steps leading up to these sores that way you'll better understand what caused them and that way you can easily prevent them int he future. I LOVE sour candy, but can only have a few pieces at a time because this causes a major flare-up for me. All these can cause canker sores, and plenty of them. If they are recurrent, then you should get one biopsied (a small piece is removed by a doctor, then tested) to make sure that it's nothing too serious. Some people get one or two from time to time, and others, like yourself, can get them all at once then not a one for several months or years.

      Are you taking vitamins? Sometimes, when you have one or more deficiencies, these can lead to canker sores. Make sure that you are taking a multivitamin daily to suppress these.

      STAY AWAY FROM: Acid-fused foods, like citrus and caffeine. These will make canker sores worse and prevent them from healing. Also, stay away from chocolate, and brush your teeth very gently. Rupturing the sores will only prolong them and spread them in your mouth. Stay away from sour foods and too sweet foods too, until you're healed up.

      Take echinacea and zinc to speed the healing process. You can take the zinc once a day and the echinacea up to 6 times a day. Rinse with warm water and salt to clean the canker sores. This will sting, but it works. Also, find a vitmin B-12 suppliment. This will help, as well. Take ibuprofen for the pain and swelling, and keep ice on your jaw for 20 mintues at a time.

      Good luck, love! Feel better soon!

      Edit: Stay away from hot foods as well... :)

  20. QUESTION:
    Canker Sores.?
    If you do not know what this is then simply put it is sores in your mouth (also known as ulcers) and I have about 4 of them at the moment and they are rather painful. I have been using Scope mouthwash for about 2 or 3 days now with no success of getting rid of them. They are on the inner side of my la brae and they are totally not feeling good. I feel another bump coming up so (to take the 5th one) what should I do? Doctor, Home Remedy? You tell me....

    • ANSWER:
      Use Kanka it works super good believe me i get millions of canker sores at once but thankfully dont have any right now... kanka relieves the pain and numbs your mouth for a while while it helps make your canker sore go away Good Luck! and hope this helped

  21. QUESTION:
    How long does a typical cold sore/fever blister last?
    So a couple months ago, I was seeing this guy and surprise surprise decided not to tell me he had a cold sore in his mouth and now I have one. Its on the inside of my lip, and kind feels like a canker sore, and I've been using Abreva, but Its been there for like 5 days and I'm soooo sick of it! Any home remedies to make it go away faster or does anyone know how long they typically last?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably a canker sore. Try mixing salt into water and swishing it around your mouth for about 60 seconds. Repeat this a couple times a day for optimal effects. A couple of spoonfuls of salt works best, but if you can't handle it try one of those numbing creams you can buy at drug stores.

      If it is a cold sore, you should probably see your doctor so he can prescribe some anti-virals. Various home remedies also work, including ice, hydrogen peroxide, tea bags, nail polish remover, and of course lysine tablets. As always, these remedies work best when applied at the first sign of an outbreak.

  22. QUESTION:
    Mouth sore?
    All of my wisdom teeth have fully grown in, but sometimes slip under my gums again at the back of the tooth. Recently, I have what feels like a canker sore behind and around the tooth. It also feels as if it's spread a little bit to the bottom of my cheek. It's not large, but when I smile or try to eat it's painful. Could this just be a side effect of my wisdom tooth growing in even more? Are there any home remedies to help with the pain? Orajel has never really done anything for me, and I put baking soda and water on it last night. I also cannot gargle with warm salt water - it makes me vomit.
    I was just at the dentist and he said that my wisdom teeth have plenty of room to grow in, and he doesn't see any reason to remove them.

    • ANSWER:
      Try these home remedies for mouth sore:

      Apply directly a drop of peppermint oil to the sore to reduce pain.

      Rinse your mouth with aloe juice. If the sore is too bad, then apply it on the sore using a cotton ball.

      Brush you teeth with backing soda or apply it directly on the sores to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth.

      Boil four broken cinnamon sticks in a cup of water and gurgle

      For more info, check this site:
      http://www.nature-medicine.info

  23. QUESTION:
    Canker sore, maybe during pregnancy plz help will be greatly appreciated :]?

    ok i'm nearly 8 weeks pregnant, my mouth has been sore for three days. i thought it was maybe my wisdom teeth coming in but then i seen a bubble like thing, not white it was just the color of the inside of my mouth. it just looks swollen, it hurts oh so bad, i can't eat or anything, and when i push on it, i feel like just crying :/ ughhh. i read somewhere that some pregnant wemon get these because of hormonal changes.. i've took tylenol and the pain comes pain in about an hour and doesn't fully go away i can't take any medications due to being pregnant but i was wondering if you knew any home remedies that i could do i've heard of the buttermilk but i want to try something different.

    • ANSWER:
      the same thing happened to me. i didnt know what it was and just when i was about to go to the dentist i realized that it was a bubble because my wisdom teeth are coming in. the bubbles gone now

  24. QUESTION:
    canker sore, maybe during pregnancy plz help will be greatly appreciated :]?
    ok i'm nearly 8 weeks pregnant, my mouth has been sore for three days. i thought it was maybe my wisdom teeth coming in but then i seen a bubble like thing, not white it was just the color of the inside of my mouth. it just looks swollen, it hurts oh so bad, i can't eat or anything, and when i push on it, i feel like just crying :/ ughhh. i read somewhere that some pregnant wemon get these because of hormonal changes.. i've took tylenol and the pain comes pain in about an hour and doesn't fully go away i can't take any medications due to being pregnant but i was wondering if you knew any home remedies that i could do i've heard of the buttermilk but i want to try something different.

    • ANSWER:
      These painful sores inside the mouth may be triggered by stress, injury, nutritional deficiencies, genetics, and other factors. They usually clear up in one to two weeks. Get Anbesol or Orajel at a pharmacy to help with the pain. There are also mouthwashes that will help - get ones without alcohol. And rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day - it is gross but it really will help.

      http://www.ehow.com/how_3069_treat-canker-sores.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview

  25. QUESTION:
    Canker sore and braces!?
    ok so i just got braces (this is my 4th day) and on my 2nd day i developed this canker sore thats way back by my molars and behind my teeth not in front so it kinda hard to see, and it hurts soo much! i also have like a bar from my braces that goes accross the roof of my mouth and on the left side there is like a bump and it looks like the bar might be too tight over there? anyways does anyone have and home remedies i have tried baking soda and now i am goin to try some salt (ouch thats gonna hurt) thanks for answering!

    • ANSWER:
      traumatic ulcer due to braces. Try to cover up the sharp edges with was or Cotton. Go back to your orthodontist to rub away the sharp edges so that they do not cut your gums.

  26. QUESTION:
    please help me canker sore........?
    I have a canker score its been there for a few days in my mouth it hurts so SO SO BAD i havent eaten is there any home remedies to help?
    ^im sorry i meant a canker SORE not score

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Problem with mouth ulcers?
    Honestly, from since I can remember, I have always suffered from mouth ulcers.
    Sadly, this is a genetic problem, as my Dad also suffers from them a lot.
    And it's not just little ones. They're actually very big, white and painful.
    To a point that they get so bad sometimes I can't eat.
    Fortunately, I've been free of them for a couple of months this year.
    Now I have them again, and I have three on the bottom of my mouth.
    I'm sorry if this is all gross, but I have really tried everything with these buggers.
    I've even had products shipped over from America from a company specialising in canker sores.
    I've used Bonjela for years, but now it doesn't seem to be working. I'm also using a sort of anaesthetic mouthwash, and it works for a few minutes but then it goes back to this horrible stingy pain DX
    I clean my teeth thoroughly in the morning and in the evening. I have been aneamic for two years, but it's seem to improved, and being tired often leads to ulcers - so I try to have a reasonable sleeping pattern.
    I usually limit how much sugar I take in, because I know that also causes my ulcers.
    I've tried everything DX And I'm sorry, if you might think I'm whinging so much, but they are so painful and swolen and they often come in more than two.
    Is there a product maybe out there that anyone else has found quite good to use ?
    Or is there some cool at-home remedy you can use on your ulcers ?
    Some information would be absoloutely wonderful. Thankyou :)

    • ANSWER:
      hey i know how you feel and i feel for you as i used to get them real bad to. Bonjela wont work as because youve used it for so long your body is now immune to it, try anbesol which is similar but has some diffrent ingredients, also try cordosol mouth wash as this helped me. get a prescription from your doctor or dentist for tablets called metrinidazole, theyre really strong but honestly they are fab, these are the only tablets that have ever helped me. also rinse your mouth with warm salty water for a few minutes.
      oh and by the way pineapple juice does work i dont know why but ive also used this!! good luck and hope this helps. hope you feel better.

  28. QUESTION:
    Help, please? It's kind of urgent.?
    I have a very big (a little smaller than a dime) canker sore. It's right on the stringy thing in front of my bottom teeth and it really really really hurts. I have had it now for 9 days and it just keeps getting bigger. If anyone knows any QUICK home remedies, it would be greatly appreciated because I have a boxing match tomorrow and all week throughout training my mouth guard has been rubbing against it. *ouch!*

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Want to ease his pain...?
    My dog has been yelping today a few times today. Started when he tried eating his breakfast. Then a few more times when he wasn't eating. He has retreated to the bathroom and won't come out. I looked in his mouth and looks like he has a canker sore. I don't think we need the emergency vet. Is there anything I can do to ease his pain until tomorrow morning? I know one day without eating won't be too detrimental, but I don't want him in pain. Any suggestion for home remedies.
    He is a 15 year old collie-shepard mix and I am not looking forward to what else the vet is going to tell me tomorrow....

    • ANSWER:
      I would not give the dog anything. Just wait to see what the Vet says tomorrow. (Actually mouth cancer is a possibility at 15 years old)

  30. QUESTION:
    Bleeding Gums?
    Lately I've had a pretty bad canker sore in the upper right, that was then followed by gum bleeding on the same side of the mouth.

    The gums are swollen and hurt when I try to brush them.
    I've been trying my best to brush them anyways but there is a lot of blood forming on my toothbrush and its very painful.

    I've tried mouth wash a ton of times for as much as I can stand it, but the area is still inflamed.

    Do you have any at-home remedies or know of products I can get at the drug store to cure this problem?

    Will it go away if I keep trying to brush them?

    • ANSWER:
      go to your dentist.
      they make a perscription mouthwash for bleeding gums
      its called Peridex or Chlorhexidine.

      i have this same problem.

      I have the Canker sores alot
      and my dentist gave me a perscription for Kenalog in Orabase, its a topical steriod ointment for the mouth.
      and he also told me to floss my teeth more, my dentists says that the more plaque you have, the more your gums will bleed, and the more you floss the less plaque you have so the less your gums will bleed.
      also try using Sensodyne toothpaste and a extra soft toothbrush
      I use Senosodyne toothpaste, and Colgate 360 Sensitive Toothbrush and i use a Mouthwash containing Chlorhexidine to help with the inflammation and bleeding.

      The Crest Pro Health mouth washes also contain the ingredient Chlorhexidine.

      You may also want to try the Gly-oxide rinse, sold in drug stores, for the pain in your mouth.

      if you cant afford those things, try useing a 50/50 mix of water and hydrogen perioxide rinse after you brush your teeth.
      good luck, i feel you pain...
      the things i use actually help a lot.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for canker sores?
    I'm in soooo much pain. I've had canker sores before but never one like this. I feel like someone stabbed me in the mouth, because it lines up where my teeth close. It hurrrrts, what can I do to make this pain stop until it heals owwww

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores will get better on their own without any treatment. But there are things you can do to help it along and to feel better. Orajel and Anbesol, both of which you can get without a prescription, will numb the sore and make it less painful. There are also prescription medications you can get that will help. There are several mouthwashes that can help – look for one without alcohol. Even if you don’t have any of those treatments, you can rinse your mouth with warm salted water several times a day. It is gross, but it will help.

      These sites give the details about canker sores and how to treat them.

      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/mouth/canker.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Canker-Sores-or-Mouth-Ulcers
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview

  32. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for canker sores?
    I'm in soooo much pain. I've had canker sores before but never one like this. I feel like someone stabbed me in the mouth, because it lines up where my teeth close. It hurrrrts, what can I do to make this pain stop until it heals owwww
    :O Sorry for repeating the question so much, I didn't even do that, apparently Yahoo! Answers broke because of lag...

    • ANSWER:
      This may sound worse but I swear it helps, you have to open it up. If it is within biting range bite a hole right in the middle of it, it will bring tears to your eyes but I promise the outcome is worth it.

  33. QUESTION:
    What home remedies are there for my son's canker sore? It is in his mouth and he is in pain.?

    • ANSWER:
      Warm, salt water swishes for a few days works very well. Not too much is needed - small cupful, or whatever he can stand.

      Also, cut out acidic foods for at least about a week, such as tomato sauce, pizza, OJ, iced tea (also high in tannic acid and tough on stomachs), oranges,etc..

      And L-lysine can help alot. It's an ammino acid, like a vitamin, sold over the counter. My EENT doctor recommeded it. But am not sure if safe for kids or what dose - ask pharmacist.

  34. QUESTION:
    What home remedies are there for my son's canker sore? It is in his mouth and he is in pain.?

    • ANSWER:
      If hes old enough to take some pain, rub salt in it or rinse with salt water. Repeat the net day and the next it will be at least 90% better

  35. QUESTION:
    Canker sores or something else?:(?
    Well on Monday I had one white canker sore....tuesday 2 or 3......and wednesday I had 5 or 6 ....and today I have 7 (three on one side of my mouth...three on the other...and one underneath or on the side of my tongue..) they are extremely painful....i cant talk,eat,drink,or sleep..i've missed school for 2 days and don't want to get too behind so I need to know why they are keeping me from living my life. My lower lip and jaw is swollen....and i have a fever....i went to the doctor yesterday and he gave me some tropical ointment but it had no effecy on me.
    I have also tried canker cover,orajel,and a few home remedies (honey,mouthwash,etc) but they have no effect.I can barely drink water or swallow my fever medicine because it hurts too much to swallow,spit,or even open my mouth.All i've had to eat since the day before yesterday was coke,a few spoonfuls of ramen noodles, and my fever medicine.I have been crying for two days because it hurts so much and I'm missing so much work from school.My parents have tried to get me to drink slim-fast so I could get some nutrients in my body but even swallowing that from a straw hurts because of the sore on my tongue.I know that i CANNOT take even another day of this so how can this be helped?Thank you so much for answering and I cannot express how much I just want this to go away.
    Btw I am a 14 yo girl....my fever was 102 yesterday....and this is the first time I've had these sores.

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Canker sores or something else?:(?
    Well on Monday I had one white canker sore....tuesday 2 or 3......and wednesday I had 5 or 6 ....and today I have 7 (three on one side of my mouth...three on the other...and one underneath or on the side of my tongue..) they are extremely painful....i cant talk,eat,drink,or sleep..i've missed school for 2 days and don't want to get too behind so I need to know why they are keeping me from living my life. My lower lip and jaw is swollen....and i have a fever....i went to the doctor yesterday and he gave me some tropical ointment but it had no effecy on me.
    I have also tried canker cover,orajel,and a few home remedies (honey,mouthwash,etc) but they have no effect.I can barely drink water or swallow my fever medicine because it hurts too much to swallow,spit,or even open my mouth.All i've had to eat since the day before yesterday was coke,a few spoonfuls of ramen noodles, and my fever medicine.I have been crying for two days because it hurts so much and I'm missing so much work from school.My parents have tried to get me to drink slim-fast so I could get some nutrients in my body but even swallowing that from a straw hurts because of the sore on my tongue.I know that i CANNOT take even another day of this so how can this be helped?Thank you so much for answering and I cannot express how much I just want this to go away.
    Btw I am a 14 yo girl....my fever was 102 yesterday....and this is the first time I've had these sores.

    • ANSWER:


Home Remedies For Canker Sore

The open sores which appear in the mouth are called as mouth ulcers. They are white or yellow in color, and are generally accompanied with a sharp pain, which is felt most when the person is eating. The pain is quite acute when salty or spicy food passes over the ulcer. Mouth ulcers can occur anywhere in the mouth - on the inner surface of the cheeks, lips, tongue, palate and at the base of the gums.In most reported cases, mouth ulcers starts off with a sort of tingling or burning sensation at the spot where the future mouth ulcer will occur. After a few days, a blister forms in the mouth with the top quickly sloughed off resulting in a red spot or a bump, which will then be followed by an open ulcer. The mouth ulcer appears as a white or yellow oval with an inflamed red border. Sometimes a white circle or halo around the lesion can be seen. The grey, white, or yellow colored area within the red boundary is due to the formation of layers of fibrin around the ulcer.

Many mouth ulcers often seem to start off as a small bubble or blister which then becomes open and ulcerated and this is when the pain really starts. However, they can be caused accidentally by someone biting themselves or there lips are so dry that they crack and then the ulcers begin to form on their lips.For long term relief from ulcer you need to take deglycyrrhizinated liquorice (DGL). It stimulates your body to produce protective mucus that encourages healing of mucous membranes, and fight bacteria that causes mouth ulcer. Buy chewable DGL tablets that have had compound glycyrrhizic acid removed as this acid can cause water retention and high blood pressure. Take one or two three times a day. Use it as often as you need. Try taking it for three months to solve the ulcer problem completely if you are suffering from chronic mouth ulcer.

Firstly, it should be brought to the fore what the worst type of mouth ulcer cure is. Purchasing external cold sore ointment and rubbing it into the inside of the mouth. I know, the packaging clearly says "For External Use Only", however many cases have been reported of people mistakenly believing that "cold sore" and "mouth ulcer" are the same and ending up with a mouthful of completely un-useful and unhelpful ointment.Mouth ulcers are an indication of a run down condition and are best treated by improving the overall general health. They commonly occur after a course of antibiotics or recovering from influenza. Orthodox medicine puts them down to viruses - but I doubt this. They almost certainly are a form of allergy or sensitivity.

The development of an abscess ulceration is usually heralded by soreness or a burning feeling in the mouth; they are round or oval, less than five in number and under 10mm in diameter. Treatment is by the local application of steroids: Adcortyl (Triamcinolone) in Orabase, or by holding a steroid pellet containing either weak hydrocortisone or betamethasone, against the ulcer.Mouth ulcers are usually harmless and they will go away in a few days time. However, if your condition is very serious and you can't get rid of it, it is best to consult your doctor as it may be due to viral infection or by other health problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for canker sore?
    Ouch! I had bitten my canker sore twice!
    can someone help me find a remedy for canker sore
    aside from letting it heal by itself which will take
    ages to heal.

    • ANSWER:
      gargling with salt water, and best of all, listerine (the kind that has the alcohol in it). gargle a a few times a day, and although it will sting, the listerine will help kill the germs, and help the sore heal faster, plus it kind of numbs it up, which is always nice!

  2. QUESTION:
    Know any quick at-home remedies for a canker sore?
    I have the most painful canker sore in the middle of my lower gums. I get them a lot because I have metal braces. I have an poetry recitation to do tonight and I want my mouth to feel soothed. Any ideas besides salt/salt water?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a Q-tip and dip it in peroxide them rub it on your sour. I have braces and i get canker sours all over my tongue. Just do that and it will feel better almost instantly.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for canker sores?
    I ended up biting my lip and it has since turned into a big ol canker sore that is very painful..I've been using chloraseptic spray for the pain but I want it to go away...any ideas would be helpful...thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      put some household table salt in a glass of warm water and swish it around your mouth. it will hurt like hell but trust me it makes things so much better faster. also try some abreva after you swish with the salt and water. hope this helps.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for treating a canker sore?
    I've had one on my tongue since Monday or Tuesday and it still isn't gone. It hurts like crazy too. I can't even eat or talk without it hurting. Does anyone know what are good ways to get rid of it quickly?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for canker sores?
    I've got a really bad canker sore on my lip and want to get rid of it! Anyone know of any home remedies to get rid of it??

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    what is the best home remedies for canker sores?
    -best medication / home remedies for canker sores...on gum, mouth and tongue..

    • ANSWER:
      no sugar & nothing acidic + swish with salt water. toothpaste is also irritating. drink lots of H2O & take lots of vitamins as it is usually a sign of a weakened immune system or vitamin deficiency.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any natural cures/home remedies for Canker Sores?
    I want to get rid of it without paying for medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a mouth rinse called Prevention that works really well.

  8. QUESTION:
    OMG I have a canker sore!! Any home remedies?
    I have been reading other's questions on canker sores. Well I have one (i think) but I am not sure because mine is at the roof of my mouth.

    Yes it hurts like hell, I cant eat or drink (i think I am loosing weight..lol...not) I am hungry.

    Anywhoo is it possible to have a canker sore on the roof of your mouth?? And what should I be doing to get rid of it quicker. I have had it for almost a week and it is the same.
    Please help with any advice, input...it is greatly appreciated!!
    Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Usually canker sores only last 3 days or so (with me, anyway). You could try rinsing your mouth out with hydrogen peroxide, then painting the sore with merthiolate (that pink stuff that stains). If that doesn't work within a day or two, go see your dentist. My daughter had one on the inside of her lip that wouldn't go away (or rather, it went away for a few days, then came back, then went away, then came back, etc.). It turned out to be an irritated/ injured saliva gland, and ultimately they just removed it to keep it from coming back.

      Hope this helps.

  9. QUESTION:
    anyone know of any home remedies for canker sores?
    i've had this really painful canker sore on the inside of my lower lip... its so painful to eat it's almost unbearable.

    can anybody help???

    • ANSWER:
      warm salt water, just enough salt that it tastes like tears
      another way is rubbing alcohol, or hydrogenpreoxide but i dont think that they work that well.
      it is best to use the salt rinse and let it go away on its own

  10. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for treating canker sores?
    What R good home remedies for treating canker sores? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you arent going to like this...but my whole family swears by it. poke at it a little bit and put salt in it-straight table salt will dry it out and make it heal faster. it DOES hurt and it WILL be red...but for all of us-within 2 days at the most- it's gone.(i would do it before bed...give it time to heal while you're sleeping)

  11. QUESTION:
    canker sore remedies?
    My boyfriend gets canker sores(also known as mouth ulcers) frequently, so I am looking for some good brands of toothpaste that do not contain sodium lauryl sulfate(it irritates canker sores). I hoping to help him improve his diet. Does any one have any home remedies for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Colgate makes a gel called Orabase that is great for canker sores. You apply it directly to the sore and it numbs the area.

      Hope that helps.

  12. QUESTION:
    Any at home remedies for canker sores?
    I have a terrible canker sore that is bugging me beyond belief. I can't remember the last time I had one!! It's painful to eat, drinking, and even talk. I read that a canker sore usually lasts up to 2 weeks! Are there any at home remedies for a canker sore? Or, over the counter things?? If it's otc-- then, something cheap! I'm a broke college student-- I can barely afford to eat half the time. So, any ideas would be appreciated! Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      This is going to sound like a joke, but I'm serious. I used to get canker sores when I was younger. It took some time, but I finally realized that if I ate pickles the canker sores would go away by the next day. It hurts like heck to eat a pickle when you've got a canker sore, but I loved pickles so much I would eat them anyway. Get through the burn, and hopefully it'll work for you like it did for me. My son gets canker sores, too, and the pickle trick works for him.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of/a home remedy for canker sores?
    Yesterday or so one of these canker sores popped up on my upper lip inside my mouth, and it got worse quickly. It hurts like heck and I'm looking for a fast remedy that might speed the healing, that can be made at home. I tried rinsing my mouth with saltwater, but because the sore is on my lip I don't think that the saltwater even touched it. I'd also like to know what could've caused the canker sore. Thanks so much, I apprecitate it!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know any home remedies, except abreva from the store. But as for what causes them, I've noticed that I tend to get canker sores when I haven't been getting enough sleep for a few nights in a row, and eating sugary foods tends to make them stick around longer before they heal. Hope this helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for canker sores? Anything for the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      There are medications you can take orally, however I recommend a mouth wash called Peroxyl. It helps them to heal faster by cleaning any bad bacteria that settles in the area. The few times I have had them, it neutralized the pain. If you go to a dentist they will have stuff to put on the area. Typically they will apply it. The stuff they have may help it to heal faster also.

  15. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      By gargling your mouth with salt water,
      the mouth ulcers will heal quickly.
      I found the homeremedies at
      http://aches.in/mouthulcer.html

  16. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for canker sore?
    Is there anything I can use at home to help cure/alleviate the pain of a canker sore in my mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      In most cases, they will resolve on their own, without any treatment within 14 days or so. Try buying Chlorhexidine mouthwash (Corsodyl) this sometimes helps to reduce the pain. This can be brought OTC. There is also some evidence that it may help mouth ulcers to heal more quickly and it can also prevent the ulcer from becoming infected. Try not to use it for too long though, because it can cause staining to the teeth. If the inflammation is really bad, you can also try steroid lozenges ( e.g. Corlan)

      In addition, take paracetamol unless contraindicated. You could also apply something topically like Bonjella. If you are under the age of 16, buy actual bonjella teething gel for baby's as it no longer contains choline salicylate and has been reformulated with lidocaine. This is safer as excess use of the other Bonjella can lead to Reye's syndrome in young people and children.

      The quacks often mention salt water, there is little or no evidence that this is very helpful, in actual fact it might cause further irritation.

      If the ulcer is still present after 2-3 weeks without any sign of healing, gets worse and/or you develop further symptoms and a temperature, see your GP.
      =============================================
      @ KTC: Not even wrong. The body pH will NOT alter in response to acidy or alkaline foods you eat. Any change is quickly rectified by your homoeostatic mechanisms. Avoiding acidy foods will not solve this problem. However, acidy foods may act as a local irritant so its rational to avoid acidy and spicy foods at the moment.

      I'm not suggesting treating symptoms and not the cause. It will likely resolve by itself without ANY intervention. I'm just trying to suggest things that will alleviate pain in the meantime. I also stated that he does not need to see his GP unless symptoms fail to improve or get worse.

  17. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      I get these too and boy do they hurt! One thing I found to numb them up really good so you can eat without pain is Zilactin. Walmart sells it for about .00 a tube or you can get swabs to carry with you. Avoid spicy foods and if you eat anything spicy, brush your teeth and use mouthwash right away, it helps prevent them from coming on. To help get rid of them faster, you can dab them with an antacid like Maalox, coat them up good before you go to bed. I use the Zilactin in the daytime, and coat with a little salt and maalox at night and they do heal a little faster. I have heard that zinc losenges help them too but haven't tried that yet. I've prevented them by using alot of mouthwash after eating anything. I found that tomato sauces if really spicy, mustard, vinegar seem to bring them on.

  18. QUESTION:
    I think using home remedies like alum powder might seriously contribute to Alzheimer's.?
    Do you think I am far off in my speculation? It is used in home remedies for canker sores, cold sores, douching and in canning. I notice people on the internet recommend it for so many things like its "great", but I am worried about long term effects for people using this stuff out there (especially in their mucous membranes). It raises the question, is Alzheimer's a genetic predispositionary-type only disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Aluminum (like is in Alum Powder, hydrated Aluminium Potassium Sulfate) has been shown to cause more symptoms of Alzheimer's and it's definitely not just a genetic predisposition (although genetics do make some people more likely to get it). My great aunt had Alzheimer's and passed away from "complications" of it (for lack of a better term), so I've done a lot of research on it.

      There are people who say it doesn't do anything negative and use products (deodorants, cosmetics, etc), but there are more products with Aluminum than there were 100 years ago and there are more cases of Alzheimer's than there were 100 years ago. That's not proof of a direct correlation, but you can't deny that there is very possibly/likely a link. I know I've switched to a natural deodorant without Aluminum that works well for me.

  19. QUESTION:
    toddler (21mo) has lots of canker sores. Any home remedies?
    Due to viral infection, my toddler (21mo) has lots of canker sores. Dr cannot recommend anything besides tylenol or motrin, no mouthwashes can be used as he will swallow.

    are there any home remedies (safe to swallow) that I can use to help for comfort? tot is refusing food due to pain. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I hope this helps. It will drastically speed the healing, But for pain you might try baby oragel. If that helps the pain then you can use salt water. Warm salt water. Take and mix some up and a few times a day try to rub it on the sores. Maybe with a Q-tip (after you have applied the oragel). The salt will sting the wounds for a moment but it will greatly reduce the healing time. If the oragel does not comfort him then I would not try it.

  20. QUESTION:
    The best home remedy for a canker sore or ulcer on your tongue?
    It's huge! It's straight through my tongue! It hurts! It feels like bees are stinging my tongue everytime I talk or open my mouth!!!! HELP!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      To speed the healing process the vitamin L-lysine helps but for immediate relief go to the pharmacy and get a tube of zilactin OTC It is a little pricey usually under 12 dollars and it stings when u first apply but after a few seconds it makes a protective film over the area and lasts for a few hours there are other variations of this as well at pharmacy but this works best for me

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy for canker sores?
    Im 38 weeks pregnant and my doctor confirmed I have canker sores, they gave me a magic mouthwash that doesn't seem to work at all. I cant take it no more and I want something that works faster. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately there really is no useful treatment.

      Each ulcer lasts about 10 days, but you can get further crops erupting, so each episode may last longer than that.

      Ice,ice cream and cold soft items, become the easiest things to eat. Teething gels sometimes help. There is now only one prescription drug for canker sores/apthous ulcers, Corlan Pellets, it is a steroid, it only reduces the nipping a bit and does not hasten resolution.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy for a canker sore?

    • ANSWER:
      Medical grade Tea Tree oil, no pain right away, starts the healing process. If you feel one coming on and use it you will probably never see it.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for canker sores?
    I'm in soooo much pain. I've had canker sores before but never one like this. I feel like someone stabbed me in the mouth, because it lines up where my teeth close. It hurrrrts, what can I do to make this pain stop until it heals owwww

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores will get better on their own without any treatment. But there are things you can do to help it along and to feel better. Orajel and Anbesol, both of which you can get without a prescription, will numb the sore and make it less painful. There are also prescription medications you can get that will help. There are several mouthwashes that can help – look for one without alcohol. Even if you don’t have any of those treatments, you can rinse your mouth with warm salted water several times a day. It is gross, but it will help.

      These sites give the details about canker sores and how to treat them.

      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/mouth/canker.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Canker-Sores-or-Mouth-Ulcers
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview

  24. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for a canker sore?
    Any suggestions other than rinsing with salt water? This thing is killing me!

    • ANSWER:
      I use to dab salt on mine. It burned at first but it helped. You can also buy a rinse at the drug store called peroxyl. That works great for me too. It has peroxide in it.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for really painful canker sores or sores in my mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      FACT: the best thing to use at home and most effective is also the cheapest thing you can buy.

      Hydrogen Peroxide.

      swish a tablespoon or two in your mouth and rinse. don't swallow as it's not the best for your stomach. VERY EFFECTIVE.

  26. QUESTION:
    Home Remedy For Canker Sores?
    I have a HUGE canker sore in my mouth. Is there any home remedies to soothe the pain and heal the sore? Please Help!
    Thanks!
    Mrs.Abbey Smith
    TO JUSTLAUGH93:I would go to the store if it wasnt 11:00 at night!

    • ANSWER:
      I use to get them all the time. After following all the other good advice, if the sore is painful, take Tylenol and use a bit of Campho Phenique on a Q-tip and brush it over it. Still takes a few days to heal over but it will be less painful.

  27. QUESTION:
    home remedies for canker sores..please?
    quick

    • ANSWER:
      Put salt on it to dry it out.

  28. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies to get rid of canker sores?
    I've have problems with these for years and I can't figure out why. They're painful as hell and make it hard to eat and drink. Any ideas how to get rid of them or at least make the pain less intense?

    • ANSWER:
      CAUTION: PERSISTENT CANKER SORES LASTING MORE THAN 14 DAYS MAY INDICATE AN UNDERLYING CAUSE THAT OUGHT TO BE CHECKED BY A PHYSICIAN. Canker sores may also be caused by anemia, Iron deficiency, Vitamin B12 deficiency, or Folic acid deficiency. These deficiencies may be related to diet, or may in rare cases be caused by an intestinal disorder that will need a physician's treatment. A vitamin supplement may help you prevent canker sores. But for many people, the following is all they need to know to get rid of painful canker sores.

      I used to get canker sores all the time. They spoiled holiday meals. They kept me from enjoying the food on my first trip to Europe (ever try eating that delicious, hard German bread with an immense canker sore on the side of your tongue? Ouch!)

      I did research in medical journals, and even interviewed the world's leading aphthous stomatitis (the medical term for canker sores) researcher. But nobody could help me. Nobody even knew for sure what caused canker sores. Then I started putting 2 & 2 together on my own.

      What I figured out is that most of the pain of a canker sore comes from a secondary infection inhabited by bacteria or viruses, or maybe little red vermin from Venus--whatever it was, it was something my college microbiology class taught me how to deal with.

      After years of research and experimentation, I finally realized that a canker sore starts as a minor irritation in the mouth--perhaps a cut, perhaps an auto-immune reaction, perhaps an allergy. But, at least in my mouth, that irritation will heal by itself in a couple days UNLESS it becomes host to a secondary infection.

      When a secondary infection takes root in a small irritation, the canker sore starts to grow and become painful. Germs multiply and prosper all day long in that little irritation, but there’s enough activity in your mouth to keep them from really getting carried away. But then when you go to bed…that’s when things really get going. Those little germs party all night while your mouth is idle and has very little flow of saliva.

      That's why a canker sore hurts so bad when you first wake up.

      So, how do you get rid of these nasty party hounds? Just rinsing with an antiseptic won't do it. They put up a shield of mucous and just hunker down and wait out the assault. You've gotta get rid of that shield, then hit them with the antiseptic.

      Here's how I do it:

      AS SOON AS I FEEL A LITTLE CANKER SORE COMING ON (timing is crucial. This won't help much after the canker sore is large, and besides it hurts like the dickens on the big guys.)

      I take a swig of Listerine into my mouth (other antiseptic mouthwashes might work as well, I don't know) and hold it there for at least 60 seconds (I got the time from studying microbiology--it takes that long to make sure the germs are good and dead).
      While the mouthwash is in my mouth, I take my tongue and gently rub the canker sore. It hurts a bit, but not much if you get to it early enough. If the sore is on your tongue, rub it against some other part of the mouth to get rid of the mucous.
      After 60+ seconds, spit out the mouthwash. (NEVER SWALLOW ANY ANTISEPTIC UNLESS INSTRUCTED BY A COMPETENT MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL)
      Do this as soon as you feel a canker sore coming on. Then

      REPEAT THE PROCEDURE just before you go to bed. And
      REPEAT IT AGAIN first thing when you get up.
      You might want to do it once or twice more during the day.
      I find if I follow this procedure morning and night, nothing else is necessary.

      Keep repeating this procedure until the canker sore disappears (usually 2 to 3 days). The worst problem for me is that the cure works so well that in the morning I forget I have a canker coming on, and neglect to do the treatment. Then during the day it starts to revive.

      The only canker sores that have gotten big and troublesome in my mouth in the past 15 years are ones I've neglected to treat in this way. I bit the side of my tongue a few weeks ago, but treated it immediately with Listerine (while it was still bleeding), then followed my procedure night and morning. The spot was sore, but never became infected or particularly painful.

      Hope it works for you too!

      If you try it and it does or doesn't work, please write to me Ken Wade and let me know. Am I the only one this works for????

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      Canker sores may be confused with oral herpes. Dentists can tell the difference.
      Canker sores do not require treatment.
      If the sore lasts more than 2 weeks, ask your dentist to examine it.
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      Before leading the young man into my treatment room, I ask his mother if she has any questions. She says that there is a serious problem plaguing her son. He gets canker sores in his mouth. The sores make it difficult for him to eat and drink certain foods. When he has a canker sore, he cannot brush his teeth. He wants to know the best way to get rid of canker sores. Why does he get these sores? What can we do when he gets a sore? Is there a way to prevent mouth sores? What's the best way to get rid of canker sores?
      The young man is eager to discuss the problem. He points to a spot inside his lower lip, a red ulceration with a white rim. The entire sore is only about an eighth of an inch across. He has no other medical problems. He takes no medication, nor does he have a fever. He confides that he gets sores like this one after another. Sometimes, he has two or more at a time. He thinks that he gets more of them when he is nervous about school and dating. The individual cankers usually last for a week or two.

      Dentists refer to canker sores as aphthous ulcers or aphthae. Dentists are able to tell aphthae from similar appearing disorders such as oral herpes. Aphthae or apthous ulcers always appear on the smooth lining of the mouth, inside the lips and under and on the tongue. Oral herpes sores are similar, but affect different areas of the mouth and lips.

      Some people are prone to canker sores. Aphthae may appear without provocation or cause. Then again, an abrasion from a sharp piece of food, pressure on the lips from playing an instrument or sleeping face down, and emotional stress may cause an outbreak of ulcers. Another cause is a common chemical, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS).

      People who are prone to aphthous ulcers learn which foods they must avoid. Many find that acidic food and drink such as orange, pineapple, and tomato cause, and irritate mouth ulcers. Others may find that eating crunchy foods with sharp edges like potato chips and hard cereals bring out the worst canker sores.

      Sodium lauryl sulphate or SLS is a foaming agent. Most toothpastes and shampoos include SLS as a major ingredient. SLS is drying and irritating. Toothpastes for people with dry mouth (xerostomia) do not include SLS. Biotene (http://www.biotene.com) is the best known of the SLS free toothpastes. Biotene is available in most grocery stores and pharmacies in the U. S. Most people who use SLS free toothpaste will decrease the frequency of outbreaks of Aphthous ulcers. Additionally, SLS free toothpaste is more comfortable to use when sores are present.

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      Comments (18 total)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: People who have questions about their own dental issues should contact me directly. I am not always aware of comments left on an article. I did not know about questions from Mary Beth and Scott until just now. My appologies to all.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: Tracy, multiple canker sores can be normal. This is not a good forum to discuss this. You may contact me directly for more personalized information, or as your dentist to examine you soon, before the sores heal.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Nathan Burns: Dr. Leader, Your article is very informative. Thank you!
      (+2)

      tracy
      09/03/2006
      I Have 4 Big Canker Sores That Jus Came Out The Blue. Is That Normal?
      (+1)

      jdp
      08/21/2006
      Forget all the other remedies - Ora5 was like a miracle cure for me when I first tried it years ago; the pain goes straight away and the now painless ulcer soon leaves as well.
      (+2)

      scott
      08/16/2006
      I have just been diagnosed with a acute tonsilitus and have been very ill with a severe soar throat and a bad ear infection. At the same time I started getting very bad canker soars but only on my tounge. This has made it nearly impossible for me to eat or drink anything as my whole face and mouth throat are now in severe pain. Why did I get the canker soars? How can i get rid of them?

      MaryBeth
      08/13/2006
      I just had my 4 wisdom teeth taken out. I've never had canker sores such as the ones I have how. They are at the back of my mouth on both sides. Just behind where the bottom teeth were taken out. My tongue is numb and has a chalky feel to it. Puss is in my mouth every morning and I vomit. Help! Is this more serious than a typical canker sore? The roof of my mouth and sometimes the base burns at night and i sometimes feel a liquid sensation in my ear. Any input would help
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      Dr. Dave Leader
      06/26/2006
      Many practitioners confuse oral herpes and canker sores. Canker sores occur on the moveable soft tissue of the mouth, the lining of the cheeks, under the tongue, and inside the lips. Herpes begins as a collection of small blisters that coalesce and ulcerate. Herpes usually occurs on the vermillion border of the lips and on the non-moveable gum tissue around the teeth, and the roof of the mouth. See a dentist to confirm your MD's diagnosis. I hope that helps you and your girlfriend.
      (+2)

      Jeff
      06/26/2006
      My girlfriend's doctor told her that both she and I have oral herpes because we have canker sores inside our mouths. I didn't think canker sores were a type of herpes. Am I right?

      Justin
      04/10/2006
      I've had a canker sore since around last August. Is there something wrong? It hasn't gone away since.
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      Takeaways
      Canker sores may be confused with oral herpes. Dentists can tell the difference.
      Canker sores do not require treatment.
      If the sore lasts more than 2 weeks, ask your dentist to examine it.
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      Sodium lauryl sulphate, a common ingredient in toothpaste is a major cause of aphthous ulcers.
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      Can You Get Rid of Canker Sores? Dealing With Aphthous Ulcers
      Treatment and Prevention of Mouth Sores
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      By Dr. David Leader
      Aug 27 2005 09:10PM

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      Treatments for cankers range from medicinal to metaphysical. The author recommends a few popular treatments to get rid of canker sores.
      The simplest treatment is to wait for the mouth sores to heal. Avoid food and drink that irritates the sores, sleep face up so that teeth do not rub the cankers at night, and take pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin, when necessary. The ulcers all heal within two weeks.

      There are many suggestions for treating aphthae nutritionally. Some recommend taking B complex and C vitamins. Another common tip to get rid of canker sores is to eat yogurt with active cultures (lactobacillus) or even lactobacillus tablets. The author does not find nutritional additives to be a helpful, but many people support this venue.

      Rinsing with warm salt water (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) is comforting and does seem to aid healing. This home remedy works for a variety of problems.

      There are many covering and numbing preparations available over-the-counter and by prescription. The author prefers Orabase with Benzocaine, cyanoacrylate bandage products, and viscous lidocaine.

      >Orabase is a gooey paste that is able to adhere directly to canker sores. Dab a small amount onto the ulcer to provide a protective coating. Do not smear Orabase on or apply a thick coating. It lasts long enough to eat a meal. Orabase is available with Benzocaine, a popular numbing medication. Orabase is also available with a steroid, Kenalog that speeds healing. Kenalog in Orabase is expensive (about .00 for a 5-gram tube), requires a prescription, and must be applied several times a day.

      >Cyanoacrylate products are similar to Super Glue (do not use glue in the mouth; it is not safe). Products like Colgate Soothe and Seal are easy to apply. They provide a hard barrier to protect the cankers from any irritation.

      >Dentists prescribe viscous lidocaine for patients to use as necessary for quick relief of mouth pain from a variety of conditions. The disadvantages of viscous lidocaine are its bitter taste, that it will numb the entire mouth, and that its effect only lasts a short time. Never the less, most people appreciate viscous lidocaine for its effectiveness and ease of use.

      Aphthous ulcers are a painful and bothersome oral condition. They will go away on their own. Try some of the over-the-counter and nutritional remedies. If you would like additional suggestions, or if your mouth ulcers last for more than two weeks, please consult your dentist.

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      Comments (18 total)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: People who have questions about their own dental issues should contact me directly. I am not always aware of comments left on an article. I did not know about questions from Mary Beth and Scott until just now. My appologies to all.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: Tracy, multiple canker sores can be normal. This is not a good forum to discuss this. You may contact me directly for more personalized information, or as your dentist to examine you soon, before the sores heal.
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      09/04/2006
      Nathan Burns: Dr. Leader, Your article is very informative. Thank you!
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      tracy
      09/03/2006
      I Have 4 Big Canker Sores That Jus Came Out The Blue. Is That Normal?
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      jdp
      08/21/2006
      Forget all the other remedies - Ora5 was like a miracle cure for me when I first tried it years ago; the pain goes straight away and the now painless ulcer soon leaves as well.
      (+2)

      scott
      08/16/2006
      I have just been diagnosed with a acute tonsilitus and have been very ill with a severe soar throat and a bad ear infection. At the same time I started getting very bad canker soars but only on my tounge. This has made it nearly impossible for me to eat or drink anything as my whole face and mouth throat are now in severe pain. Why did I get the canker soars? How can i get rid of them?

      MaryBeth
      08/13/2006
      I just had my 4 wisdom teeth taken out. I've never had canker sores such as the ones I have how. They are at the back of my mouth on both sides. Just behind where the bottom teeth were taken out. My tongue is numb and has a chalky feel to it. Puss is in my mouth every morning and I vomit. Help! Is this more serious than a typical canker sore? The roof of my mouth and sometimes the base burns at night and i sometimes feel a liquid sensation in my ear. Any input would help
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      Dr. Dave Leader
      06/26/2006
      Many practitioners confuse oral herpes and canker sores. Canker sores occur on the moveable soft tissue of the mouth, the lining of the cheeks, under the tongue, and inside the lips. Herpes begins as a collection of small blisters that coalesce and ulcerate. Herpes usually occurs on the vermillion border of the lips and on the non-moveable gum tissue around the teeth, and the roof of the mouth. See a dentist to confirm your MD's diagnosis. I hope that helps you and your girlfriend.
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      Jeff
      06/26/2006
      My girlfriend's doctor told her that both she and I have oral herpes because we have canker sores inside our mouths. I didn't think canker sores were a type of herpes. Am I right?

      Justin
      04/10/2006
      I've had a canker sore since around last August. Is there something wrong? It hasn't gone away since.
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  29. QUESTION:
    Household remedies for canker sores?
    So i don't have anymore of the canker sore gargle rinse, and i have a really bad canker sore. What are some good home remedies for getting rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      To ease the discomfort caused by the sore, here are some things you can do:

      • Extract some juice of the Aloe Vera plant, mix with water, and apply on the sore. Aloe Vera has many healing properties, and this will make the sore more bearable and shorter lived.

      • Prepare a mixture of two ounces of Hydrogen Peroxide and two ounces water, with five tablespoons of salt and one tablespoon baking soda. Gargle with this four to five times a day, focussing on the sore.

      • Apply wet black tea bags to the sore. The tannin in them will help the sores heal quicker.

      • Dabbing alum on the sore may make it hurt or smart, but after the initial discomfort, it will stop hurting and the sore will vanish in a couple of days. Do this twice a day.

      • A paste of baking soda and salt will help, especially when the sore is young.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for mouth ulcers or canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      I had to go to the dr for ulcers all in my mouth. The dr told me to buy Maalox, the liquid version (sold at local drug stores and walmart). Then take as directed on the bottle but to make sure you swish around in your mouth really good. It made the ulcers start feeling better in just a couple of days. You could also swish salt water around in your mouth (it tastes nasty and takes longer to cure them though).

  31. QUESTION:
    at home remedy for canker sores?
    I have braces and lately if they rub against the inside of my mouth & irritate it soon turns into a canker sore (not a cold sore). I have stuff to numb it, but that doesn't seem to make them disappear any faster. Does anyone know of anything to make them go away sooner?

    • ANSWER:
      Make yogurt a daily ritual. "Eat at least four tablespoons of unflavored yogurt every day and you'll prevent canker sores," that its unclear why the yogurt works, but for some people it can be very effective.

      See the difference with vitamin C. "Vitamin C is very effective at preventing or healing canker sores, particularly for people who are under a lot of stress, consume a lot of alcohol or smoke," And that's worth noting, since these are the very people most at risk for canker sores. Five hundred milligrams a day is sometimes recommended for a vitamin C supplement-but check with your doctor first. To introduce more vitamin C to your daily diet, go for broccoli, cantaloupe, red bell peppers and cranberry juice. (Once you have a sore, however, the acidic juice may be more pain than gain.)

      Squeeze on some vitamin E. Vitamin C isn't the only nutrient that can help heal canker sores. squeezing the oil from a vitamin E capsule onto your canker sore can bring relief.

      Put some sore relief in your diet. Several studies show that one in seven people with canker sores is deficient in folate, iron and vitamin B, and doctors believe that upping these nutrients can help prevent sores or quicken recovery from them. Peas, beans and lentils are excellent folate sources; lean beef, tofu and fortified cereals are high in iron; and meats and seafood are high in B vitamins.

      Gargle with peroxide. "A solution of three parts water and one part hydrogen peroxide changes the pH of your saliva and makes for a harsh environment for the bacteria causing canker sores," "Mixing this solution and gargling or swishing it around your mouth several times a day is very helpful when you have a canker sore. But don't swallow it."

      Baste it with Orabase-B. This over-the-counter remedy gets thumbs-up from all our experts as the best relief money can buy at your neighborhood drugstore. "It's a sticky substance you put directly on the sore to stop the pain and promote healing,"

      Another over-the-counter product that comes highly recommended is Zilactin, a medicated gel. And for those preferring a liquid form, there's Zilactol, .

      Avoid sharp or spicy foods. And we mean that in both a culinary and a literal sense. "Many people know that you should avoid foods that are spicy or salty when you have a canker sore, because those foods increase the pain," "But you should also avoid foods with sharp edges, such as potato chips. Anything with rough edges can puncture the skin and cause canker sores."

      Besides spices and salt, it's best to avoid or limit citrus fruits and strawberries, cheeses, coffee, nuts and chocolate if you're prone to canker sores.

      Bag your pain with a tea bag. Rubbing a wet tea bag directly on the sore is another helpful home treatment, Black tea contains tannin, an astringent with powerful pain-relieving qualities. "If you're into herbal teas, drink chamomile tea, which cools canker sore pain and other mild skin irritations,"

      Ice it. Old cures are often the best, and there are few older (or better) than simply applying ice to the sore to help reduce pain and swelling.

      Mylanta may be your healer. Swish a tablespoon of the antacid Mylanta or milk of magnesia around your mouth to coat the sore, But only use this technique if you are sure your ulcer is not infected. If you coat an infected ulcer, the coating will protect the bacteria causing the infection. An infected ulcer is usually marked by a red ring around its base and a grayish yellow color

  32. QUESTION:
    What home remedies are there for my son's canker sore? It is in his mouth and he is in pain.?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are 13 home remedies that deal with Canker Sores:
      http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/47/26.cfm

      Good luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    what is a home remedy for a canker sore?

    • ANSWER:
      Yup, rinse your mouth out with straight hydrogen peroxide.

  34. QUESTION:
    Help for canker sores? Any new ideas? Home remedies?
    My entire family seems to be plagued by canker cores from time to time. I was wondering if any of you have discovered good remedies, faster healing and pain relief.

    • ANSWER:
      Warm salt water is great and you can always take Tylenol for the pain but go to the store in the false teeth aisle and buy a medication that has lidocaine or benzocaine in it. You can use it in your mouth because it's for pain from false teeth and it numbs the pain for a while, especially long enough to get to sleep. Use as directed on package and don't forget the Tylenol.

  35. QUESTION:
    what are some "home" remedies for canker sores??

    • ANSWER:
      It's gonna hurt, I'll tell ya right off the bat, but it'll be healed in NO TIME AT ALL.
      take a q-tip swab, dip it in hydrogen peroxide, and then scrub the HELL out of the sore for a few seconds. Oh my god, it will hurt, the sore will actually turn WHITE (you are done with it's this big white blob), rinse a few times...in a few hours, it will be almost healed (no pain) and by tomorrow, 99% gone.

      Here's a tip on how NOT to get canker sores (we're talking the stuff on your gums or inside lips--if its the outside of your lips, it's herpes)--do not use "tartar control" toothpaste. And get a "soft" toothbrush.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is there an easy home remedy for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores will get better on their own without any treatment. But there are things you can do to help it along and to feel better. Orajel and Anbesol, both of which you can get without a prescription, will numb the sore and make it less painful. There are also prescription medications you can get that will help. There are several mouthwashes that can help – look for one without alcohol. Even if you don’t have any of those treatments, you can rinse your mouth with warm salted water several times a day. It is gross, but it will help.

      These sites give the details about canker sores and how to treat them.

      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/mouth/canker.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Canker-Sores-or-Mouth-Ulcers
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview

  37. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies for getting rid of canker sores?
    i have a TON

    • ANSWER:
      Start taking The Canker Spanker. It's all natural and is pharmacist recommended. It's worked quickly for me and it can be used to prevent additional cankers from forming.

  38. QUESTION:
    Canker sores really hurt- any for sure home remedies?
    My son has canker sores in his mouth and they are really hurting him. Please help with any suggestions to ease the pain or get rid of them quicker.

    • ANSWER:
      Eat more foods rich in vitamin B3 (niacin) to heal and speed recovery of canker sores ie ~ fish, lean meats, whole wheat products, liver, wheat germ, eggs, roasted peanuts, the white meat of poultry, avocdadoees, dates, figs and prunes.

      As another poster has already mentioned, rinsing out your mouth with warm salty water will ease the pain for you .

      Vitamin B3 rich foods will help eliminate canker sores and more often than not bad breath too. It will also give you healthier looking skin and help prevent and ease severity of headaches and migraines, reduce symptoms of diarrhea and increase circulation and reduce high blood pressure.

      Vitamin B3 is necessary for a healthy nervous system and brain functioning and lack of it will generally also bring about negative personality changes.

      Take a multi B complex tablet including all the B's ie: B1, B2 B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they work best synergistically (together)....... do not take any of the B complex of vitamins individually, but rather as a whole complex, unless specifically instructed to by a nutritionally oriented physician or naturopath.

      The B complex of vitamins is essential for healthy neural, digestive and immune system functioning.

      If you are lactose intolerant or vegetarian then it is really important that you supplement your diet with a multi B complex tablet on a daily basis.

      Things will rob you of your precious B complex of vitamins are :- eating too much protein, alcohol, eating too much tinned food, laxatives and diuretics, antiobiotics, antidepressants, penicillin, prednisone and aspirin, otc cold and flu medicines.

      Also, try to cut back on drinks such as caffeine, tea, sodas and soft drinks and alcohol if he drinks any of these, as they are all B complex thieves........ as well as being great at dehydrating you.

      Drink loads more fresh filtered water too as the healthiest and happiest body will always be the most hydrated one.

      hope this helps you

      Good health to you & yours♥

      CHEERS

  39. QUESTION:
    canker sore?
    Does anybody know what the home remedies for canker sore in the mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      try boiling sliced ginger in water, then add some honey and drink.. it might help. also try gargling with salt water 3x a day... it helps a lot.

  40. QUESTION:
    How can I treat a canker sore at home?
    I hate getting canker sores. They are terribly annoying and leave you with much discomfort. I need to know how to get rid of them in my own home. Over the counter stuff is out of the question, and that salt remedy never works for me.

    Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      tea bag!
      suck on one!
      [seriously]
      (green tea)

  41. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy for pain relef of a canker sore?

    • ANSWER:
      It may sting a little, but swish salt water(enough salt to make it taste very salty/1c water )3-4x daily if possible.avoid spicy/hot/tangy food and beverage. All vitamin c drinks and soda may irritate it further.Also certain condiments like catsup/ketchup, bbq sauce,etc...could burn.Drink abundance of water till it heals. Sometime cankers come due to too much acid in system.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a home remedy for sores on your tongue/canker sores?
    I know there are medications out there for the pain or whatever, but does anyone know anything I can put on them or rinse my mouth with that will make them heal fast?

    • ANSWER:
      a salt water garggle is good, and if it gets really bad, try some clove, either make clove tea, or buy some natural clove gum....there is an herb called lysine that also really works

  43. QUESTION:
    can some please give me a home remedy for canker sores and cold sores/fever blister or way to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      For canker sores you can get instant relief by obtaining a silver nitrate stick. These can be purchased at a farm supply store or even a major pet store. They are actually used when clipping the nails of a dog and when you clip them too close they will bleed. The silver nitrate stick is applied to the area which seals it instantly preventing further bleeding. It does have a bad taste to it and you just barely want to dab it on the sore. To get rid of the bad taste rinse your mouth out with salt water.

      As for cold sores Abreva is the best thing on the market for shortening the period of time the cold sore lasts. Another remedy is to apply Lysol to the area.

      Hope this helps.

  44. QUESTION:
    Remedies for canker sores?
    do you know of any at home remedies that will take care of a canker sore?

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Whats a home remedy for canker sores? HELP!?
    I dont even know if its that. I think its is. What else could it be? Its like a bubble inside of my mouth and its kinda white inside. It hurts so bad and ive had it for three or four days. Is there anything I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      don't irritate it by running your tongue over it. Continuously garggle with salt water.

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of a canker sore?
    Does anyone have a home remedy for getting rid of canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to Wal Mart and but IRON tablets, they are with the vitamins. A Bottle of 50 only cost's about .50. Take on and hold it on your canker sore, hold it there till you can't stand the taste anymore. I hold it there for about 3 minutes. My doctor said I get them because a lack of iron. I get 2-3 every 4-6 months. BOY DO THEY HURT! Make sure you brush you teeth 2-3 times a day. Keep the germs down drink LOTS of water. I would advise if you get them quite often to let your dr. know.
      Good luck!
      PS. Advil helps with the pain.

  47. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a home remedy for a mouth ulcer (canker sore)?

    • ANSWER:
      peroxide

  48. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a home or herbal remedy for canker sores?

    • ANSWER:
      At WalMart you can buy Camphophenice (sounds like cam-fo-feneek)...

      My family called it "monkey blood" when I was growing up, I don't know why...sounds really derogatory.

      Its a pink liquid and they used to not sell it because it had mercury in it, anyways, they sell it without it now.
      You can put it on a q-tip and dab it on a sore throat or canker sore inside your mouth and it will make it feel better and go away within a day.

      I wouldn't put it on the outside of your mouth- it will stain pink/orange for a long time..

  49. QUESTION:
    Are there any good treatments to help heal a canker sore faster?
    I hardly ever get canker sores but this has been a very stressful month and I developed one in a very sensitive area and just regular talking irritates it.

    Are there any treatments that actually work to speed the healing process? They can be store bought or home remedies.

    Same question for pain relief? Any working treatments store bought or home remedies to relieve pain? I do not want to take pain medication so that is not the answer I am searching for.

    • ANSWER:
      One of the best home remedy for canker sore is aloe juice as a mouth freshener and then rinse several times a day.

      Antacid formulas like Mylanta and Milk of Magnesia can be used as a mouthwash and then rinse it after few minutes. This will relieve the pain and speed healing.

      One of the trusted home remedies for canker sores is Copper sulfate. It is an astringent and was also called as "lunar caustic." It may sting upon application, but the canker sores must go within a day or two.

  50. QUESTION:
    I need a remedy for a mouth ulcer/canker sore.?
    I bit my cheek really hard a few days ago and now I have a mouth ulcer (or some people call them canker sores) where I bit it. It is pretty big and painful. I have read up on all the home remedies out there (all the herbs, milk of magnesia, salt water, peroxide, even constipation remedies!) and want to know which ones actually have worked for you. This ulcer is right in the center of my cheek so my top and bottom teeth brush it every time I open my mouth! I need some relief soon! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Brush your teeth so that the sore doesn't become more infected, and then gargle with hydrogen peroxide for at least a minute. Do this twice a day after brushing your teeth and it will start to heal within a couple of days. This has ALWAYS worked for me. Salt water burns too much so this is a great alternative. You can also go to the store and get some Oragel (the kind you use for teething babies) and apply it directly to the sore for instant relief.

      Best of luck to you! I feel your pain!


Herbal Cancer Cure For Lungs

Lung cancer is caused predominantly by smoking. One expert says that in the case of Small Cell Lung Carcinoma (cancer), it is almost always caused by smoking.

Lung cancer is called lung cancer because it begins in the lungs. The right lung has three sections, the left lung has two. Each section is called a lobe. Sometimes the term abronchogenic cancera is used to refer to lung cancer as most lung cancers begin in one of the two breathing tubes, the bronchi, in the lungs.

A high intake of beta carotene compounds can lower your lung cancer risk; however, studies also show that the beta carotene is only effective when the compounds are ingested from whole foods such as peaches, melon, carrots, mangoes, dark leafy vegetables, squash etc. The opposite effect seems to take place with beta carotene supplements. A Finnish study reported 18% more lung cancer cases among heavy smokers who took beta carotene supplements. And a National Cancer Study on the effects of vitamin A and beta carotene was halted because smokers taking the supplements had 28% more lung cancer than those taking a placebo.
As is the case with most types of cancer, the treatment of lung cancer is pretty much planned based on the type of lung cancer, its size, the stage of lung cancer and your general health. The main treatments of lung cancer include chemotherapy and radiotherapy (and the combination of both is usually used). Surgical procedures are also used in some cases but again the suitability of surgery is determined by the doctor on the basis of a number of other factors. So, the best thing to do is avoid smoking and cut down your risk of lung cancer.

There is another type, called mixed small cell/large cell lung cancer. In this type you can find both kinds of cells in the cancerous tissue. Besides these two types, there is another form of cancer of the lung area, called mesothelioma or mesothelioma cancer or cancer of the mesothelium. However, this is not considered a primary form of lung cancer, as its target area is not the lobes of the lung, but the pleural membrane covering the lung.

About 25 percent of people with lung cancer report no symptoms at the time of diagnosis. In the remainder, symptoms and signs vary, and may include breathlessness, a long lasting cough, coughing up blood, chest pain, wheezing, repeated chest infections, fever, and weight loss. A diagnosis of lung cancer is made on the basis of cell type, x-ray findings and symptoms. The cancer is then staged depending on the extent of its spread within the chest cavity and to other parts of the body. Treatment of lung cancer depends on the cell type and on the stage of cancer at the time of diagnosis. Treatment typically includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Survival rates depend on the type and stage of lung cancer at the time of diagnosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    herbal cure for lung cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      ayurveda the indian system of medicines is well known for its herbal medicinal cures so is chineses medicines both have cures prescribed for cancer thousands of years ago. which work well even today.

      ayurveda has a dedicated section on the treatments of cancer if administered properly these treatments can cure cancer.

  2. QUESTION:
    I am looking for herbal meds for my cat that hada Hemangiosarcoma removed from the outside of his ear?
    The pathology report said that all margins were clean but vet said it will spread to either lymph nodes or lungs. Lookings for herbal meds to either cure the cancer(I know this is probably next to impossible) or to boost the immune system for a cat with this disease

    • ANSWER:
      Good luck finding something. I had a cat with the same condition, I think, on her side. We had the tumor removed but it just came back, worse and in more, smaller lumps. We were ready to put her to sleep because she had stopped eating but then we tried giving her meat and she ate it up. We got one more year with her on canned food before we finally had to stop the pain and put her down. Just be aware of how much pain your cat really is in and I would not reccomend multiple surgeries. If the cancer comes back once, it will continue to return.

  3. QUESTION:
    this is a miracle or what?
    I never believed one day i will be free of lungs cancer one day. I thought there is going to be a point the drugs i take will help me no more. I searched everywhere online for help just to cure this deadly illness permanently either by spiritual miracles or medications. I was introduced to a herbal medicine from a woman (Dr) that i will not want to talk about here to avoid been acused of making an advert for her here. I took the herbs as she did told me for 10 days and i am perfectly okay now. Its been three months after i used the herbal formula she gave me and have also done series of test on my body. Im free of cancer now and its more of a miracle to me I promised to show her lots of my gratitude if she really help me. Now she has and i need advices on what i can do for her. If you also want a total cure of any illness you have, i will be comfortable with letting you know her. you can tall to me here. odwyer_emer@yahoo.com.

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Home Remedies For Cancers

Because of the numerous benefits of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) as a prostate cancer treatment option, many patients are wondering how they can get the treatment. As of February 2010, the FDA is still investigating HIFU as a prostate cancer treatment, and several HIFU delivery devices are in clinical trials stages. Those who wish to benefit from HIFU now will need to be creative to find a treatment option.

What Is HIFU?

HIFU is a medical procedure that uses ultrasound waves to destroy tissue that is otherwise hard to reach, such as the tissue in the prostate gland. When used to treat prostate cancer, HIFU destroys the entire prostate gland by heating and ablating the tissue using ultrasound waves. This highly effective treatment limits the risk of side effects form other prostate cancer treatment options, making it ideal for those who wish to preserve their current quality of life while dealing with the threat caused by localized prostate cancer.

Do I Qualify?

The first step in getting HIFU treatment for your prostate cancer is determining if you qualify for treatment. Find a urologist who is familiar with HIFU and works with clinical trials or international treatment facilities to discuss your case. You will need to tell the doctor your recent PSA, Gleason score, the size and volume of your prostate and any treatments you have already tried. Other factors will be considered as well, including the patient's age, overall health, and the location of the prostate tumors.

Finding Treatment

Currently, there are two ways to get HIFU treatment. The first is to find an open clinical trial in your area. To do this, find a doctor who is working with the clinical trials, and ask whether or not you qualify to participate. If you do, you can get HIFU treatment for your prostate cancer without leaving the United States.

The other option is to travel to a HIFU treatment clinic outside of the US. Some of the best urologists in the country regularly travel to these clinics to perform HIFU. The treatment centers will help patients find lodging to use before and after treatment. Since treatment with HIFU is an outpatient procedure, most patients are able to travel to the treatment center, receive the treatment, and return home in just a few days. Follow up with a urologists in the states is recommended after HIFU treatment.

Recovery: What to Expect

Compared to other prostate cancer treatment options, recovery after HIFU is minimal. HIFU patients can expect to wear a catheter to allow the bladder to completely drain while the body heals. Patients will need the catheter for between one and four weeks, which means it will need to be removed during follow up with a urologist in the patient's local area. Most patients are able to move normally within a few hours of treatment. Mild discomfort is common, but no severe pain. Any discomfort felt is typically treated using painkillers. Some uncomfortable urinary symptoms, like frequency, urgency, or urinary discomfort, are common, but these are temporary and will resolve themselves within a few days of treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    home remedies for cancer?
    I just found out I have terminal cancer and there is nothing modern medicine can do was wondering if there are any home remedies that might help

    • ANSWER:
      Be sure to add Wheatgrass to your daily diet because of the Chlorophyll it contains. I would also switch to a Vegan diet. Wheatgrass is also an outstanding source of Beta-Carotene, vitamins B, C, E, 20 Amino Acids, minerals and Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll alkalizes the body quickly and an Alkaline body is less prone to illness because Alkaline tissues hold about 20 times more oxygen than Acidic tissues. The importance of that is the fact that oxygenated tissues remove toxins from your system quicker. Chlorophyll is a great oxygenator of the body and the more your system is oxygenated, the less toxins there will be. Less toxins means less illness. Its also important to note that Cancer cells are anaerobic (without air) and can not live nor reproduce in an environment that's heavily oxygenated. You can also purchase a Chlorophyll supplement through Nature's Sunshine.

  2. QUESTION:
    can anyone suggest home remedies for uterine cancer?
    my mother 74yrs old is suffering from cervical cancer as per the allopaethic doctors. it all started in the year 2009 july-august with her dental problems. during the course of her dental treatment she was given lot of antibiotics and painkillers. by december 2009 she started complaining of abdominal pain. after the ultrasound and other tests in the month of march 2010 it was detected to be gall bladder stones(about 17mm large). she was operated laproscopically and gall bladder was removed along with the stones.the doctors had scanned the nearby areas during the surgery and declared no complication.she was fine for a week after which the pain again started.various scans were conducted but nothing could be detected.it was in the month of october 2010 she started having vaginal discharge with few clots. only then did we go to a gynaecologist and found that she had lesions over her uterus. the doctors suggested hysterectomy via laproscopy. but after laproscopy followed by laprotonomy (the surgery was performed without the guidance of oncologists) the doctors found it to be malignant and hence decided to close it without performing hysterectomy.later the senior oncologist reffered for 25 sittings of IGRT radiations & 2 platinum chemos. following this her condition worsened as her apetitie became very poor. after this we stopped all allopaethic treatments as she could not get rid of her pain even after the treatment. in the mean while she's taken ayurveda, holistic, chinese , natural ayurveda treatment. but still the severe pain persists.

    pls advice some treatment (other than allopaethic) so that she is able to get rid of her pain.
    (assured 10points for best guaranteed treatment)

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  3. QUESTION:
    is there any herbal and home made remedies for cancer?
    herbals should be easily available in domestic market

    • ANSWER:
      Try reading and using:

      "Fit for Life" (a book. Changing your diet is one of the first steps.

      Dr. Weil's, "Optimum Health Book" is excellent.

      Find a Naturopath in your area. A good one will start with a series of tests which will include, hair samples, stool samples, urine samples, bloodwork, diet background, family health background, what meds you are currently taking and info about your support system at home.

      None of these will help you if YOU are not open to healing and want to take full responsibility to help yourself be rid of the cancer. No matter who you see or what you use (Western medicine, other alternatives or both), YOU have to do the work.

      Focus on your inner self first. How do you feel about having this DIS EASE...Are you afraid, angry, depressed? A positive vision and meditation/prayer will help you do the work needed to help yourself.

      May the Creator of us All help you discover your courage and strength....but especially your Power to heal yourself. He did me. (No, I'm not religious either)

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best non-prescription laxative or any home remedies for constipation?
    I have cancer ( hospice ) so I take a lot of pain meds, which make me constipated. Can someone help?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are taking opioid medications, then you should be taking Senna-S one tab twice daily. If you have no bowel movement every three days take milk of magnesia 30 mls daily until you do. If you have no bowel movement on the fourth day take a dulcolax suppository. If you have no bowel movement the fifth day, take a Fleets enema. If you have had no bowel movement on the fifth day, or if your constipation is causing you discomfort, the call the hospice to have a nurse come and visit. Try to take an extra dose of pain medication a little before the nurse arrives, because you may need a digital inspection/dis-impaction and that can be uncomfortable.The best way to treat constipation is to prevent it. Take the Senna-S whether you feel constipated or not, unless you have watery stools. Drink plenty of fluids, especially prune juice and water. Try to remain as active as possible and include some fiber in your diet.

      All of the medications mentioned are available without a prescription, but they are covered under your hospice benefit and should be supplied by the hospice.

      PS: If none of this works you could try rolling a pea sized ball of petroleum jelly in some sugar, and put it in the freezer and take that. That's old school, but it works as a last resort.

  5. QUESTION:
    Menopause and home remedies question?
    Does anyone have any home/over the counter remedies for hormonal migraines and significant all over joint & body pain that occurs with the migraines around the time (within 3 days) that my period should start? Seeing a doctor isn't an option at the moment as I lost my health insurance & I can't take estrogen due to my mom having had a form of breast cancer that is linked to estrogen therapy.

    Thanks for all suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      I have hormonal migraines and the only thing over the counter that I've found that helps is two extra strength tylenols, ibuprofen (400 or 600 mg) and a can of real, full sugar coca cola. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but it is actually close to the over the counter migraine medications. The caffeine helps and I think the liquid in the coke is helpful too. You can mix tylenol with ibuprofen, they work differently. I mentioned it to my OBGYN and he thinks it's great, but suggested I try the "cocktail" before the migraine comes on, like a prophylactic to head off the headache before it starts. I can't time my cycle that closely, but I try.

      Feel better.

  6. QUESTION:
    What unconventional home remedies have worked for you or someone you know? ?
    I'v been reading. There are apparently thousands of cures for everything from acne to cancer involving bizarre tinctures of activated charcoal, or baking soda, or apple cider vinegar.

    What's logical in these? DO they work? Why? Does modern medicine agree?

    • ANSWER:
      The logic is that man created doctors, pharmacy's, hospitals. Use to have the Village healer, who would use things from nature to help the body heal it's self. a smear of mud or clay would be put on a bee sting, left alone to dry, While it was drying it was drawing the venom out and would also pull out the stinger. A mustard plaster ( dry ground up mustard mixed with any fat) smeared on a cloth, then heated to very warm almost hot, when laid on a persons chest would help with chest colds. Ground up onions mixed into the mustard plaster also helped. Equal parts of apple cider vinegar and honey, mixed into a glass of hot water would help the digestive system. Dried raspberry leaves made into a hot tea would help with menstrual cramps. Mankind is from nature,what better to heal yourself with than nature. Do you realize that aspirin comes from the bark of trees? Holistic medicine works with these principles, and they are starting to make a come back. The old school Doctors would not agree with home remedy's, but the newer Doctors are starting to see that they have a place in helping mankind.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any home remedies for HOT FLASHES?
    I just had a complete hysterectomy and I do not want to take the premarin because of the possible side affects IE: Cancer
    The only reason I am on it now is for the hot flashes which are unbearable without the premarin. My Doctor thinks the premarin is the best way to go for me. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      My wife gave up her premarin and began taking DHEA 25-50 mg a day with Pregnenolone 10 mg a day. It worked well for her and her doctor seemed to have no problem with it when she informed him. YOu can get both items from health food stores or Swansonvitamins.com

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the home remedy cure for cancer???

    • ANSWER:
      any herbal you take you should inform your dr about because it can interact with meds. the best thing you can do is become an expert at your form of cancer and all the various treatments for it. If you dont like what your dr has to say, or what he proposes for treatment, get a second opinion! This is your LIFE! if the chemo makes you too sick to function, look into insulin potentiation therapy and if it is suitable for your cancer. as for foods that may or may not help: tart cherry juice(also helps arthritis), broccoli,garlic, and pomegranete juice are reported to have anticancer properties. I can't see a variety of fruits and vegetables hurting you... but please don't give up the conventional treatments. and don't be passive about your treatment. demand an explanation of everything you don't understand. the hair really does grow back:):) and remember to laugh....

  9. QUESTION:
    does anybody have a home remedy for brain cancer ?

    • ANSWER:
      Try wrapping a microwave oven around your head. BTW: the Betty Crocker version only sets your hair on fire: who the h*ll decided that a lightbulb would cook foods evenly?

  10. QUESTION:
    Any treatment for spleen cancer in last stage?
    Can any one tell me what are the treatment or any home remedies for spleen cancer?Please help me!!

    • ANSWER:
      not possible..

  11. QUESTION:
    Do you believe home remedies work?
    well If you don't you should.

    everyday my voice would get worse and worse the doctors even said that It can lead to cancer, there were days where No sound would come out of my mouth.
    I was so depressed because I couldn't talk and taking meds for it to get better but it wasn't.
    So my mother in law told me to drink hot milk and I llove her so much for being in my life, IT WORKED and my voice is back and perfect!!!!!!

    I just needed to tell someone because I'm SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW!!!!!

    I was scared that one day I would wake up and never talk again but I'm better now and I'm grateful for cows!!! lol
    Yea by the way, I HATE MILK TOO!!!! But It saved my voice so I kinda love it!!! lol

    AAHHHHH I'm so happy

    • ANSWER:
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      Yes, they have always worked for me. Fresh, raw, organic food from plants cures just about everything.

      I feel sorry for people taking body-destroying drugs for the medical / pharmaceutical profiteers. If they only KNEW they could type into a search engine NATURAL FOOD REMEDIES and get all the info they need...just bypass the bottled crap, and take the advice about food cures!

      Everybody pays for the ignorance of the masses.
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  12. QUESTION:
    any home remedies for this type of skin: ??????
    My aunt had cancer and so the radiation has caused her skin to go black and red and dry...
    So are there any home remedies or masks that can improve the skin??
    Plz help ... thx!

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  13. QUESTION:
    Home Remedies for Facial Moles?
    I've been to a few different dermatologists, all looking at a dark mole on the side of my jaw. One I went to sent me to a woman who specialized in lazer removal, who suggested a surgical removal because the mole isn't raised. The surgeon she sent me to was also the plastic surgeon my mom uses, and she knew me personally. She did an exam, but refused to remove it, because she said she didn't want to risk scarring my face. I've been looking for home remedies for a while, I've found a few that people say work, but I wanted some more opinions from people who have tried it themselves. Don't post if you're warning me not to try any home remedies, I've only heard that about 200 times. Also, don't post saying I should embrace facial moles. It's not your decision. The moles are currently non-cancerous, and any suggestions I get I'll tell my dermatologist to make sure they won't increase the risk of skin cancer.

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  14. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any home remedies?
    I started having symptoms of Kidney infection yesterday; peeing blood and pain right where the kidney is on my right side. so I drank 150 ounces of water and some cranberry juice to try and flush the infection. I need a home remedy.
    Now today I started my period for the 3rd time in two months, starting in April I had a period two weeks apart which isn't uncommon when moving to a different region, which is what I did. But then it was followed by another period a week later and now a week after that one I started again today.
    I've done some research and have found that I that I have all or most of the symptoms of Ovarian cysts, and my mother had them so I don't doubt that I could have them too. But she didn't know of hers until they were the size of grapefruits. I want to have children with my husband in a couple years and want to know if there are any home remedies for dissolving cysts, because we don't have insurance yet and I can't wait to find out that I have cancer or something.
    I do not have insurance.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have signs or symptoms of kidney infection, contact your doctor as soon as possible. If your doctor suspects you have kidney infection, he or she will likely ask for a urine sample to determine whether bacteria, blood or pus is in your urine. There's no simple test to differentiate kidney infection from bladder infection (cystitis), but the presence of fever and upper back pain suggest that the infection extends into your kidney.

      Drugs commonly recommended for treating kidney infection include:

      Amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox)
      Quinolones such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and norfloxacin (Noroxin)
      The antibiotic combination sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (Bactrim, Septra)

      Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Drinking plenty of liquids can help remove bacteria from your body when you urinate. In particular, cranberry juice may have infection-fighting properties. However, don't drink cranberry juice if you're taking the blood-thinning medication warfarin (Coumadin). Possible interactions between warfarin and cranberry juice can lead to bleeding.
      Urinate frequently. Avoid holding back when you feel the urge to void.
      Empty your bladder after intercourse. Urinating as soon as possible after intercourse helps to clear bacteria from the urethra, reducing your risk of infection. Also, drink a full glass of water to help flush bacteria from your urinary system.
      Shower rather than bathe. If you're susceptible to infections, taking a shower instead of a tub bath can help prevent excess moisture that can contribute to infection.
      Wipe carefully. For women, wiping from front to back after urinating and after a bowel movement helps to prevent bacteria in your anal region from spreading to your urethra.
      Wash gently. Wash the skin around your vagina and anus carefully every day. But don't use harsh soaps or wash vigorously. The delicate skin around these areas can become irritated.
      Avoid using feminine products in your genital area. Using feminine products, such as deodorant sprays or douches, in your genital area can irritate your urethra.

  15. QUESTION:
    suggest yoga exercises , home remedies for man who is ok but fears may not have cancer, can not get tested?
    i m also a doc. but he wants above mentioned to prevent and cure if any cancer or malignant growth.he is adamant not to get any tests done

    • ANSWER:
      BKS Iyengar, "Light On Yoga."

  16. QUESTION:
    Home Remedies for Pain? Help!?
    My wife and I need help, bad. She is having a lot of trouble with her hands, wrists and legs. I know for sure it is arthritis. She has told me sometimes the pain is so bad that it actually wakes her up in the middle of the night. I have woke up with her next to me in tears because she is having so much pain. We have tried iburprofen, heat/cold packs. The only thing that we are relying on now is prescribed pain killers. I don't want my wife to go through this much more. I just need to know if there is ANYWAY I could help to lessen the pain. (My wife is also scared about bone cancer or other serious illness, and she is worring me sick!)

    • ANSWER:
      What she needs is an Anti Inflammatory med, I have nerve damage in my back and Arthritis in my shoulders, knees, and wrists and Am in constant pain too, A very nice HOT bath works wonders also. I find myself up at 4AM soaking in the tub, also try pain relief rubs such as "Therall" Should drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day, Magnesium Maleate.works well also. And STAY away from Caffeine, chocolate, And to be honest Antidepressants work well,
      in addition to relieving depression, also can help relieve chronic pain. They are typically prescribed for the chronic pain of fibromyalgia or arthritis. These drugs work by blocking pain messangers in the brain. Antidepressants are sometimes used to help people with arthritis break out of the pain and depression cycle. These drugs also can help improve sleep quality, which in turn may help reduce pain. The doses used to treat pain and sleep problems are usually lower than those used for depression.

  17. QUESTION:
    What treatment is good for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis on my legs and have seen a dermatologist who prescribed two expensive creams. They help a little but it never goes away. I've been tanning for a short time in a tanning bed every other day and have seen a drastic improvement but am a little worried about skin cancer from UVA rays. Any home remedies out there? Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Exposing the affect areas to sunlight can help ease up the psoriasis flare up, but natural sunlight is better for you skin since tanning beds can be too harsh. Try natural remedies as well, like pasteurized creams, bee's wax, and lemon oil. They are really effective and cost less as well. Hope everything goes well for you!

  18. QUESTION:
    Provide some health tips, home remedies for Skin, Digestion, bad breath, reduce cholesterol etc?
    Let me share with you what I have:
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    Carrot + Ginger + Apple - Boost and cleanse our system.

    Apple + Cucumber + Celery - Prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and improve stomach upset and headache.

    Tomato + Carrot + Apple - Improve skin complexion and bad breath.

    Bitter gourd + Apple + Milk - Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat.

    Orange + Ginger + Cucumber - Improve Skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat.

    Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon - To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney.

    Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi - To improve skin complexion.

    Pear ( without Alcohol ) & Banana - regulates sugar content.

    Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango - Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization .

    Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk - Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 that increase cell activity and strengthen body immunity.
    Papaya + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin C, E, Iron. Improve skin complexion and metabolism.

    Banana + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin with nutritious and prevent constipation.

    • ANSWER:
      HEALTH TIPS

      To avoid diseases like hepatitis and Typhoid, eat 5 basil leaves everyday.

      For tooth ache, keep a clove on the affected area.

      Have a mixture of gingelly oil and egg, for 3 days, for menstrual disorders.

      You will get a great relief from menstrual pain , if you have a gooseberry daily.

      Boil the leaf of Malabar nut, squeeze its juice and add egg white. It subsides cough.

      Eat the powder of dried ginger and cumin with sugar for relief from cough.

      Have the mixture of mustard paste and honey for good relief from cough.

      For a good relief from cough, mix equal quantities of basil juice, honey and ajwain juice and drink on an empty stomach.

      Are you suffering from urinary infection? Drink a glassful of water with a pinch of cardamom powder.

      Chew some cumin and sugar for relief from stomach pain.

      Have a mixture of lemon juice and honey when you are suffering from cold.

      If you have bad breath, drink at least five glasses of water in the morning.

      Stop nose bleeds by putting a few drops of pomegranate juice into your nostrils.

      For nagging cough and chest congestion, boil 3 cups of water with 2 fresh betel leaves and 4 crushed peppercorns, till the water is reduced to half. Strain and drink every morning and night with a teaspoon of honey.

      For relief from toothache.. Take two basil leaves, a grain of salt and a pinch of pepper powder and press against the affected tooth.

      For minor rashes on the skin.. add few basil leaves in your bathing water before you bathe.

      To get a fair baby, Mothers can drink saffron added to milk during pregnancy.

      For fever and cough of children, give some honey mixed with water.

      The juice of carrot and tomato, mixed with a little honey is good tonic for children.

      A teaspoon of the powdered pomegranate skin taken with water early in the morning will not only purify the blood but also will serve as a good de- worming agent

      Chewing raw guava leaves is an excellent quick fix for diarrhoea

      If you are suffering from acidity, drink a glass of water with a piece of jaggery dissolved in it, after meals.

      Drink basil water everyday, it helps in keeping throat infection and cough at bay.

      For good Health

      Add vegetables and fruits in your diet chart.

      Drink 12-16 glass of water daily.

      Avoid excess eating of fried things.

      Try to buy meat which contain less fat.

      Avoid excess sugar in tea and coffee.

      Slice vegetables into big pieces, so that it won't loose vitamins.

      ...........................................................
      Body care

      Mix six-teaspoon petroleum jelly, two-teaspoon glycerin and two-teaspoon lemon juice. Apply this moisturizing lotion at least twice a week if you have dry and flaky, arms and legs
      Peel and grate a cucumber. Squeeze the juice to this, mix half-a-teaspoon glycerin and half-a-teaspoon rose water. Apply this on sunburns, leave it for some time.
      If you have cracked heels, melt paraffin wax; mix it with little mustard oil and apply on the affected area. Leave it overnight. After 10 or 15 days, your heels will become smooth.
      Massage your body with a mixture of coconut oil and any of your favourite scented oils like lavender or rosemary.
      For rough palms, use a mixture of glycerin and limejuice in equal proportion.
      For cracked heals, massage the foot with coconut oil and keep the foot in warm water for some time. Wipe the water off the feet and apply a mixture of hibiscus flower(10), Henna (1 handful) and juice of half a lemon. when dry wash it off.

      Remove scars on your hands and feet by rubbing them with lemon peel.

      Eye care

      Dip wads of cotton in a chilled mixture of cucumber and potato juice. Keep this on your eyelids for 15 to 20 minutes and gently wash it off. Apply a little baby oil.
      For long eyelashes.., apply a thin coat of castor oil every night. It strengthens lashes and cools your eyes.
      Massage a few drops of coconut oil around the eyes to get rid off dark circles.

      To reduce puffiness of your eyes, grate a potato; tie in a cloth and place the cloth over your eyes for about 15 minutes.
      Add a small pinch of salt in water and wash for bright and sparkling eyes.
      Mix tomato juice and lemon juice in equal quantity and apply around the eyes. After 30 minutes wash it off with cold and hot water alternatively.
      Make a paste of sandal wood and nutmeg. Apply the paste around the eyes before sleeping and wash it off in the morning.
      Crush a cucumber and take the juice. Add a little rose water and apply around the eyes and wash it after 30 minutes.
      Place cotton wool swabs dipped in cold milk on closed eyes for removing dark circles.

      Lip Care

      You can mix one-tablespoon cranberry sauce juice with two tablespoons Vaseline for a delicious home made lip balm.
      Apply the juice of lemon skin for avoiding black colour of lips
      Massage your lips with coriander leaf juice for soft and rosy lips.

      *Sorry I forgot the name of this Indian site ! ! ! !

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I control control gas production with home remedies with Crohn's disease?
    I am 59 and have had crohn's disease since I was 19. I have had many complications and hospitalizations including three resections, one total colectomy, and seven stricture revisions [in one procedure]. Other complications include renal cancer [suspected to have been complicated by large doses of ASA compounds over long periods] and three severe bouts of rare pneumonias...two were legionella and one was classified as unknown but treated as though it were legionella.

    I am currently on an 8 week remicade regimen which has kept me reasonably symtom free except for uncontrollable bouts with gas that seem to last for many days. I eat no veggies or fruits. My diet is completely "white".

    I have a colostomy. It fills with gas and needs to be released all through the night or it will burst. The result is i get no sleep at night. The GI docs have no words of wisdom for me.

    Is there something I can do to combat this gas?

    • ANSWER:
      hi bethany, i am a female crohn's pt. for 28 yrs. dxed at the age of 12 with an ileostomy for 23 yrs.

      First, you need to eat fruits, vegetables, lean meat such as chicken or pork in your diet for protein, vitamins, calcium, iron, etc. Some of the foods in your current diet could be contributing to your gas build up.

      Next, make an appt. to see a registered dietician at a local hospital or ask your primary MD who he'd refer. The registered dietician has experience w/pts. who have all sorts of dietary needs due to their illness. Whenever I am hospitalized, I always ask to speak to one to get updated information on what is low residue and easy to digest to avoid blockages.

      The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America has information you can look into on their site. There is tons of info on diet, newest treatments, women's issues, surgery, etc. as well as a hotline & live chat that is run by healthcare experts well versed in IBD. There is also a forum where you can post questions as well.

      I use to be president of the local ostomy support group where I lived until I had my stroke so I totally understand your concerns. I hope this helps you out. Good luck to you.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is there any kind of "home remedy" anesthesia you can use to put a dog to sleep?
    She is dying from cancer and the vet wants 0 up front to put her down, not including tests and such. I won't have money for a little while and just want my dog not to suffer any longer. I don't own a gun and wringing her neck just isn't an option, yet. Ive given her pain medicine and its really not doing anything for her. Can anyone give some suggestions please? Shes 13 years old and I love her dearly. Help please!

    • ANSWER:
      NO _ the vet needs to do it - ask about paying off over time. Or contact a local shelter for help.

      sheesh I really hope this is a fake question............

  21. QUESTION:
    Anyone one else believe thay there's a cure for cancer?
    Only doctors act as if there isn't just to have more business? I know there is a cure to one of the cancers and the person was told he was supposed to have chemo but he took home remedies and his cancer is gone doctors couldent find it in him and were surprisesd. I know that guy personally. so I know there is a cure. Anyone else believe the same? That's what makes me dissrespect doctors yes they save lives but at the same time they want you to be sick cuz if there were no sick ppl they wouldent have a job....

    • ANSWER:
      If we assume that the 100% of the medical science's development would have been achieved if everything could be treated successfully, I think that we are at the 6-7% of it. All the treatments are generic and not specialized and the side effects cause countless problems. Do not judge just by knowing a person who managed to get over his disease. Don't underestimate the placebo effect. Psychology they say that is a major factor to a disease's course.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know of any German Remedies?
    Does anybody know about any German remedies? They can be basically treating anything from a splinter sore to cancer but I just need any home German remedies. It is for a science project that is due in 2 days so any information is helpful, please list the remedy and what it does and how it does it and what you need to use this rememdy.
    You know basically like this:
    How to Treat a Sore Throat
    This is an at home remedy and it will help treat the common cold/sore throat:
    You will need: A spoon, about 2-3 lemons, a cup, and honey.
    Put all ingredients into the cup( squeeze the lemon juice into the cup) and stir with the spoon.
    Additionl:You can add water to the prepared lemon and honey.
    Do not drink all in one swig, drink it in portions.
    So please any will help!
    This is because I am German but my parents don't really follow their culture if you know what I mean lol, so that is why it has to be German!
    None of these 3 answers help!

    • ANSWER:
      Bleeding cuts: put a leaf of narrow -leaf-plantain on. (Really works)

      Warts: Put the milky juice of dandelion leaves or flower stalks on the wart 2-3 times a day, works within 4 weeks

      Stomach ache: Camomile amd peppermint tea, or black tea with "zwieback" (rusk), and nothing else for the day.

      Colds and flu: Elderflower tea, steaming your head with camomile, sage and thyme

      Sprains and broken bones: Wrap affected area in comfrey leaves, renew twice daily

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for nausea for a cancer patient?
    My dad has lung and bone cancer and I wanted to know if anyone out there has any home remedies or anything else of the sort that would help with nausea. He had chemo before but now he is on Tarceva (a pill form of chemo) and he is getting nausea....any ideas or websites would help! Thank You in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      He should try staying on a regular schedule with anti-nauseous meds when he is on chemotherapy. He can try rotating Zophran, Ativan, and Benedryl or Zytril and Reglan. Those drugs have all helped my son during high dose chemotherapy sessions. He also uses Essense of Peppermint to mask the odor which can trigger nausea.

      The National Comprehense Cancer Network provides clinical guidelines for the treatment of nausea during chemo and radiation.

      Nausea and Vomiting
      Treatment Guidelines for Patients
      with Cancer
      http://www.nccn.org/patients/patient_gls/_english/_nausea_and_vomiting/contents.asp

  24. QUESTION:
    Is there a proven herbal remedy that can help relieve the symptoms of pneumonia mainly congestion?
    My mother has a very severe case of lung cancer and she is very underweight which makes her options for treatment very limited. But she also have pneumonia, Of all the medicines and treatment that they are doing to help treat the pneumonia, there has been no success with breaking up the congestion in her chest.She is unable to expel any of the phlegm or sputum (which ever one).I was reading some herbals home remedies online,but was wondering if any was a success, or any suggestion

    • ANSWER:
      Vaporizer and Vicks on her chest. You should not mix herbal medicine with all the other medication she is on

  25. QUESTION:
    I've had this problem for a few days now. Its scaring me.?
    Bloating. (cant bring self to even eat)
    Trouble breathing. (rapid breathing)
    Abdomen hurting/pain.
    Stressed.
    Anxiety attacks. (panicing)
    Mild headaches.
    Depression.

    My monthly cycle should be here any day now.
    Could this relate to it?
    Cause im scared that its like...stomache cancer or ovarian cancer or something.

    Help?
    Home remedies?
    Medicines?
    out of breath

    • ANSWER:
      Yikes, that's alot of different symptoms.

      All of the symptoms showed at the same time?

      Most of them do sound like they're from your monthly being due.

  26. QUESTION:
    I was on a home remedy site to increase breast size. Will someone give me the ingredients and recipe on how to?
    I was on http://homeremediesforcuring.com/small-breasts. It looks like something that would definitely help someone in need of breast enhancement. It's called "A natural homemade ointment". I tried to look for the recipe and ingredients on the site but all I can find were comments explaining how great the ointment worked. Here is what it said:

    BREASTS- This is an easy home remedy for curing small breasts or making your breast appear larger. You just apply the natural homemade ointment to the breast area at night just before you go to bed. It stimulates the glands in the breasts to increase in size and you’ll notice a “big” difference within 2 weeks. And like most other home remedies, you probably already have all the ingredients at home in your cupboard.
    I remember my mother giving me this ointment to try when she found out I was sad that my breasts hadn’t started to grow. I remember after the first week being so surprised that I was starting to get a noticeable difference in my breast size. I was so happy.
    This ointment can be used for anyone, it’s even good for those women who need to firm up their breasts. And I’ve speculated that it’s good for reducing the chances of getting breast cancer.
    I just wanted to say thanks to my Mother for this home remedy that cures small breasts. Thanks Mom!
    My question is if anyone can tell me the the ointment, recipe and ingredients I need to use to make "A Natural Homemade Ointment"?
    Your answer would really help and I will give 10 points and 5 stars to the answer that successfully answers my question.
    Excuse me for saying this, but I need to know the CORRECT answer for this SERIOUS question. And I need to know the answer from intelligent people who DON"T respond with an answer that will not answer my direct question.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay I have the same problem and I have been looking stuff up and this stuff that I have been using have been improving my breast I was an A34 when just this morning I could fit in a C34 I was soooo happy jumping up and down so here's what I did everyday twice a day 3 weeks
      ~rubbing with olive oil
      ~anything with pomegranate that means eating drinking it washing with pomegranate body wash
      ~eating stuff with zinc in it it helps with anything underdeveloped
      ~doing pushup excersizes that focus more on the upper body it makes your boobs more firm

  27. QUESTION:
    Asbestos question?
    A friend of mine works with asbestos every day for the past couple months,and i know it can cause cancer.He comes home every evening not feeling well from breathing it all day long.I was wondering if there any home remedies to feel better or prevent any bad things.I know it's good to drink milk cause it cleans your lungs but that's the only thing i know regarding this.Any comments would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      If he is working with asbestos and he thinks he has a related health problem he needs to contact OSHA if mine related contact MSHA. He will not be getting himself in trouble when he dose this federal laws protect him. If he is having problems others may be too. Any one can call in a complaint even you. They will not give the company your name

  28. QUESTION:
    How to lighten/get rid of moles on skin?
    I've tried using garlic before, and it did help me lighten/get rid of some moles, but after a few months they grew back. I really want to try some other home remedies. Anyone has anything good to recommend? I mean remedies that you've tried before and really works for you. I dont want a list of remedies copied from the internet thanks....

    P.S. and no, they're not malignant cancer or anything of that sort.

    • ANSWER:
      Try Castor oil. It works wonder for me. Most of my moles dropped off naturally after 7 to 10 days. Good luck.

  29. QUESTION:
    My cat has fibrosarcoma. How can I help her?
    My cat has fibrosarcoma in her mouth and sinus. I have had the vet do 3 surgerys removing tumors from the roof of her mouth so that she can continue to eat. I have been doing assisted feeding for over a month now. The tumor has grown back again after the 3rd surgery and I have to water down her food so that she can swallow it. I am feeding her the veterinarian perscribed A/D. I am hoping to find someone familar with this type of cancer and who can give me some ideas for fighting it. Our veterinarian doesn't seem to have much hope for her. I have read about and tried using some home remedies like flax seed oil, but I'm not sure if it's doing anything for her. She is pretty much skin and bones right now, so any ideas for increasing her weight quickly would also be very helpful. The A/D doesn't seem to be enough with as little as she is willing to let me feed her. Thank you for any ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so thankful that their are people like you who go the distance for their family members even if they are four legged.
      I am so sorry for what you and your cat are going through and I used to work with this vet and he told me this one day because he knew the day for making that kind of decision was coming up for my dog, who was the love of my life.
      He said look for the three things your animal loves to do best, when he can no longer do any of them at all, he is ready to go on and meet you later.
      It was the most difficult decision I ever made but I waited for him to be ready and that gave us both peace although their isn't a day I don't long for him, but I know I'll see him again.
      I pray you find the right doctors and have faith enough to get you both through this trying time
      Blessings to you and your dog.Susie

  30. QUESTION:
    Best home remedy for BPH or Enlarged prostate?
    I am only 42 but have all the symptoms of BPH. I do not have health insurance and have heard of some homeopathic remedies that may help in reducing the size of my prostate. From saw palmetto -and PYGEUM and pumpkin seeds. I think that some of these are simply a diuretic(sp) to keep things flowing. I would like something that reduces the size until i can get to the doctor in the next few months. I drink in moderation(red wine) and smoke daily neither of which i plan on stopping any time soon, DOES an enlarged prostate mean you will eventually get cancer???

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to remove moles at home without cutting?
    I have a mole on the side of my head I want to remove for cosmetic reasons. The dermatologist has already told me it is harmless and not cancer.

    Doctor procedures all seem to involve cutting or shaving, which sounds pretty painful and time consuming, not to mention expensive. I looked online and found some topical products that claim to be able to remove moles safely.

    I know warts can be removed with home remedies (usually salycilic acid) over the counter. Is there anything similar for moles?

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't. A mole can become cancerous if it is not removed properly. Painful? No. They numb the area and I had a plastic surgeon remove the mole. It cost about less than 0 dollars & I have no scar....
      It is an idiotic idea to try and do it yourself. My dad is a Surgeon and he has said that he has see somethings go very wrong when people try to remove moles by themselves.
      A mole has roots that go down into the skin: it take the skill of a doctor to remove these 'roots' properly.

  32. QUESTION:
    I was recently treated for breast cancer with chemo and Taxol. Will the numbness goes away?
    My feet are numb and my fingers have a tingling sensation
    that won't go away. Will the numbness ever goes away? I feel
    like I am walking on a block of ice attached to my legs . I am
    sure the Taxol caused the numbness in my fingers and toes.
    Any home remedies on how to get rid of the numbness?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear about your numbness. I to have and are having a severe case of neurpathy resulting from high chemo infussion of Cisplatin, which is also a neurootoxin. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done but you may be able to reduce the severity and make things a liittle more comfortable by;
      -massage of the effected area and limbs
      - exercise 20-30mins. per day when ever possible.

      Other possible options are vitamin B6, B12 and vitamin B complex, which may help nerve regeneration, but this needs to be taken in moderation and excessive dosage of B6 could have the opoposite effect and increase the neuropathy.

      The numbness and tingling you are experiencing is as a result of damage to the peripheral nerves. Certain chemotherapy drugs can cause peripheral neuropathy such as vinca alkaloids (vincristine), cisplatin, paclitaxel, and the podophyllotoxins (etoposide and tenoposide).
      Other drugs used to treat cancer such as thalidomide and interferon also can cause peripheral neuropathy.

      Although some of the signs of neuropathy may appear suddenly, this change in sensation usually builds gradually and can worsen with each additional dose of chemotherapy. It is usually strongest right after a chemo treatment, but tends to lessen just before the next treatment. The symptoms usually peak about 3-5 months after the last dose of treatment is taken. The abnormal sensations may disappear completely, or lessen only partially; they may also involve less of the body. If neuropathy diminishes, it is a gradual process usually requiring several months. However, in some cases it may be irreversible and never diminish in intensity or the area of the body affected.

      An interesting description and summary of known neuropathy effects of different chemo therapy drugs is given on the Dutch Neuromuscular Research Support Centre site, referenced below.

  33. QUESTION:
    please can someone help?
    for the last couple of weeks now my stomach has been very bloated, when i have the urge 2 pass a stool i get this really intense pain (lower abdomen) and( lower back)( note that pain only stared a few days ago)
    i don't really get hungry as much as i used 2
    im tired more
    i get constipated some days

    do u think this is a cancer?
    r there any home remedies 2 detox the body

    i just turned 20 btw

    • ANSWER:
      take a pregnancy test.

  34. QUESTION:
    does anyone know of a home remedy for menopause/hot flashes/and all the other stuff that comes with it!!?
    iam going crazy with these hot flashes/ and dont wanna take any hormone pills like estrogen...which can cause breast cancer...so please ladies/ or men give me some advice! this is early menopause from a hsterectomy...im 41 years old..and just wanna buy something that really works!! thanks..

    • ANSWER:
      Hi chana1971 - keep in mind that symptoms of menopause can come from a variety of hormone imbalances - at any age. It's not uncommon for a thyroid condition to affect hormone levels, causing hot flashes & night sweats.

      There are a lot of places to find support / information about 'all the other stuff' that comes with menopause (sorry if that sounds like I'm making light of it). Online resources to help diagnose symptoms include http://www.medicinenet.com/hot_flashes/symptoms.htm or http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/hot-flashes, each of which give some further information about hot flashes and their causes. Some suggestions include elimination or reduced intake of alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods - but check them out yourself.

      My better half, Sassy, has had to wrestle with hot flashes too. For what it's worth, she did find a silver bullet that killed her hot flashes within hours - venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor). It was originally a prescription drug used to treat depression, but recently it was approved for use in treating menopause symptoms; many doctors aren't even aware of that use for the drug. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may work for you too. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary (it caused a dry mouth as a side effect for Sassy) - or it may not work at all.

      If you can't put an end to the hot flashes, try to catch them early - before you go past the 'tipping point' and into a full fledged hot flash. A small battery powered fan may do the job, or simply finding a nearby faucet and running your hands under cold water may put out the fire. Your blood is close to the surface in your forearms, wrists, and backs of your hands, and water can suck a lot of heat out quickly. Give it a shot; hope you find relief!

  35. QUESTION:
    can seroquel and ritalin cause cancer?
    it was prescribed for me. and do NOT tell me about home remedies, i will delete u automatically.

    • ANSWER:
      All drugs supress the immune system..a good immune system is what kills off cancer cells before the turn into tumours. Answer very possible.

  36. QUESTION:
    What causes a yellowing in skin colour?
    A friend of mine is sick. He is showing symptoms of a regular cold/flu like virus but is also throwing up blood. His doctors aren't overly concerned about this, but I have noticed his skin is slightly yellow. Is there any cause that could be attributed to this or a home remedy I could prescribe for him? (Please, note he DOESN'T have cancer.)

    • ANSWER:
      either something wrong with his kidney or liver.

      or he's had too much beta carotene and its poisoning him..

      bete carotene is from carrots, sweet potatoes etc or u can get the supplement. HE NEEDS THE DOC.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I strengthen my nails?
    I was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago ( don't worry it is completely treatable and I am doing well ) anyway, the chemo I receive makes my nails dry, brittle and very thin. I am looking for either a home remedy or some product that would strengthen my weak nails. ( faster growth would be kind of nice too ) Thank you for all your help :)

    • ANSWER:
      I had weak, ugly, peeling nails for most of my life. About two months ago, at the recommendation of a friend, I started using a product called Nailtiques, which is basically a strengthening protein. You can find it at most drugstores (CVS, Walgreens, Drugstore.com). I swear I don't work for this company or anything like that; search online for reviews, and you'll discover that others agree with me that it really works. You apply a coat every day for a couple of weeks, then you reduce the application once your nails begin to respond to the treatment. It's not exactly cheap (~10 for the smallest sized bottle), but IT WORKS. I've tried Sally Hansen, Nutri Nail, and similar products, but no others can hold a candle to Nailtiques. I promise you'll love it!

      Here are some other very basic things you can do to protect your nails from further damage (some of which may have been suggested already, or perhaps you've seen these tips on the web):

      - Wear gloves during prolonged exposure to water (swimming, dishes, etc.).

      - Use a nail cream and/or cuticle oil to treat the dryness and peeling (my favorite is by Burt's Bees).

      - Keep your nails trimmed short (for now, anyway).

      - If you are still being treated, or have subsequent rounds of chemo ahead of you, you may want to learn more about cryotherapy (keeping your hands cold during treatment)...here's a link with some additional explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryotherapy

      One thing I'd like to add is CONSULT YOUR ONCOLOGIST BEFORE TAKING ANY VITAMINS OR SUPPLEMENTS! A lot of people are quick to suggest supplements for nail, hair, and skin health, but some vitamins can cause more harm than good at this time (for example, fat soluble vitamins such as D and E are stored in the liver, and your liver is already working overtime as you receive chemo). Biotin is most frequently recommended nutrient for nail, hair, and skin health, and can be purchased cheaply online (www.puritan.com) or at most discount stores (Wal-mart, etc), and actually, is administered by some clinics to increase the "chemosensitivity" of cells, but please consult your docs first. :)

      I wish you all the best!

  38. QUESTION:
    Is Chapstick, lipstick, or makeup unsafe? What is a home remedy type lip balm?
    I recently read a news article that claimed that many makeup ingredients could be somewhat unsafe, cause cancer, etc. I doubt the problem is with moderate use, but if you were to have a whole bunch of makeup products on your face every day for over 50 years, then perhaps certain sensitive or genetically predisposed indviduals could have problems. My grandma always used to tell me not to put makeup on when I was young. She told me she felt it wasn't safe, but I wore layers of it for many years anyway. Now that I'm older, I have really tried to live a healthier lifestyle. Have you heard anything about the safety of makeup ingredients? Is there a lip balm that you can make from safe kitchen ingredients?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux question (Prilosec OTC)?
    I have been taking Prilosec OTC (Proton Pump Inhibitors) for a year and 4 months to treat symptoms of acid reflux. I ingest one (1) 20mg dose daily to treat symptoms including sore throat and burning sensation in throat. Over the last few weeks, I have been encountering additional symptoms that include chronic cough, throat irritation, and Laryngospasm (feeling like one can’t catch one’s breath), and Continual Throat Clearing. I have researched these symptoms and concluded that I may have laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Do to this I have a series of question to ask below for assistance:
    •Are there any long term effects of taking Prilosec OTC? I have researched and discovered they may cause osteoporosis in the future. I take calcium citrate to attempt to offset signs of osteoporosis. Is this the correct thing to do? Is there any other long term effects? (i.e.cancer etc.)
    •Are there any home remedies (things I can do) to completely cure Acid reflux and laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR)? Currently I am unemployed and do not have any medical insurance so if there is anything I can do at home or buy over the counter to relieve this it would be a great help.
    •Would this problem require me to have any type of surgery if left untreated for an extended period of time? (can this be fixed without surgery) How long would this have to linger to force surgery?
    •I have not been having a great diet I eat what I want and drink alcohol (once a week) so this might be the root of all this but over time I don’t want to get really sick from this.
    •Is acid reflux common?
    •Anything else you can tell me to prevent this from getting serious or requiring surgery.
    Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, throw away the acid blocker stat! New FDA black box warning on all PPI acid blockers is that they increase the risk of fractures and also they suggest only take 3 times a year for 14 days each....this is about time! The damage taking acid blockers long term is heart failure among hundreds of other effects.

      If you have a bit of spare change, go to the health food store and purchase digestive enzyme supplements. Not sure how much they cost, but here in Australia they are about for 90 tablets so this is good value. Digestive enzyme supplements are so amazingly effective i can't begin to tell you! If you do have acid reflux from the H Pylori bacteria you will need antibiotics to get rid of it. My mother suffered from GERD and LPR for 5 years and now has neither (after a few weeks!) from only taking digestive enzyme supplements before each meal. Now if you haven't any money for digestive enzymes, try apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it - stringy bits that contain digestive enzymes). All raw foods contain enzymes so eating cooked, processed foods and not chewing thoroughly all put a strain on your stomach and pancreas. I'll add some great websites to check out. Here is to your good health.

      Side effects of acid blockers:
      http://refluxdefense.com/heartburn_GERD_articles/side-effects-antacids-and-acid-blockers.html

      Reflux and H Pylori:
      http://h-pylori-symptoms.com/heartburn-is-not-caused-by-excess-acid/

      Digestive enzymes:
      http://www.natural-indigestion-relief.com/acid-reflux-remedies-digestive-enzymes.html

      Apple cider vinegar:
      http://www.articlesbase.com/medicine-articles/interested-in-the-apple-cider-vinegar-acid-reflux-home-remedy-413860.html

      How stomach acid works:
      http://www.jonbarron.org/weight-loss-program/03-12-2007.php

  40. QUESTION:
    Food or Food Product as Laxative for Cats?
    My kitty is a 10 year old cancer patient and I have been watching her like a hawk for problems. I've noted that she is struggling to poop and just had one episode where she tried and didn't go and yet it looked like she was trying hard to do it.

    I read somewhere that canned pumpkin was a good home remedy laxative. Any experience with it? Or is there another item that you've tried? Just looking for something to make kitty's life easier.

    • ANSWER:
      Pumpkin is great - if your cat will eat it. Some will - many will not. Laxatone is great, it works well and is palatable to most cats. A bit of (unflavored) Metamucil in the food each day (about 1/4 teaspoon) will work also. Canned food is best for a cat with issues with constipation, as dry food can cause constipation - it keeps the cat a bit dehydrated, and that can really be an issue for a cat that's prone to harder stools. Switch to canned, if you have not, and try the Laxatone. If those don't work, then talk to your vet about Lactulose.

  41. QUESTION:
    HELP PLZ!!! How can I clean and treat a hot spot on my golden?
    We have used sulfedne or however it is spelt. He licks it after. Its on his paw right where he can lick it. He also has bone cancer in the other paw and is not using it. So this is his only good paw which has the hot spot. He has had a hot spot before this is why we have that medication. ANY AND ALL suggestions for home remedy's, ways to get him to stock licking, treat it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      As your dog has osteosarcoma (bone cancer) I hope he is receiving vet treatment. Bone cancer is excruciatingly painful and your dog needs strong pain relief. I would not be giving any oral medication for the hot spot unless the vet says it's ok.
      Mostly hot spots can be treated with a crushed aspirin in strong black tea but since he licks his paw I would be a bit concerned about him licking off the aspirin mix....not much help am I? Sorry.

  42. QUESTION:
    What are some SAFE and effective whitening creams?
    ones that won't cause cancer, kill/damage ur skin, etc.

    and how do I Ask my parents to get one for me? bcuz it's like kinda embarrassing since I'm pretty young, like only 13, and sometimes it can be really awkward when u ask ur parents for something like that?

    oh yea~ and any HOME/NATURALY REMEDIES are appreciated too!

    • ANSWER:
      Tomato juice and potato juice are two home remedies I can recommended. Dab fresh juice onto the skin, leave it on for twenty minutes and wash if off.

      I can't recommend any over the counter creams as they all contain chemicals or preservatives of some sort. If the skin discoloration is on your face or body and is due to sun exposure, I recommend using a high SPF sunscreen whenever you leave the house and stay out of the sun between 10am and 3pm.

  43. QUESTION:
    how to reduce body temperature for cancer patient?
    my dad had underwent 3 session of chemotherapy. It went fine until the last few days (exactly a week after his third chemo) my father's temperature went up high. Whatever home made remedies and hospital medicines we tried didin't work. I am really worried looking at my father lying on the bed all day. but he still does the regular stuff he does, like having breakfast, lunch, dinner and showering. other than that, he was always asleep.

    is there any thing i could to to reduce my father's temperature? what should be his diet, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Your father was instructed to report a high temperature. Chemo affects the immune system. A high fever could mean a serious infection.Call his oncologist.

  44. QUESTION:
    On a budget and needing some skin softening/toning solutions?
    I am a college student without much beauty knowledge to speak of. As noted, I am on a budget but I'm still looking for some skin softening or toning solutions. Perhaps a home remedy?

    I am a very pale person, and I do realize that many of these issues would go away with sun exposure and a slight tan, but the sun and I have a nasty track record (along with me getting a few cases of skin cancer). Any help is greatly appreciated! :)

    My biggest problem areas are my arms and legs. My arms get bumpy and red like they're cold even when they aren't. These bumps aren't zits. I already have tried many lotions. My legs look constantly razor burned, even after lotion.

    Any help is greatly appreciated! :)

    • ANSWER:
      When you do earn some $ treat yourself to some great skin care items that are pure and natural.

      Until then head to the drug store and get a Lufa. Get a mit and one on a stick.
      Find a pure and natural oil (nutragena) to use in the shower.
      Use this daily on your problem areas on legs/arms.

      Take some vitamin a and e orally
      rest
      water -

      Use a pure and natural face wash
      toner (witch hazel) make your own with an empty spray bottle.. spritz it on after you wash, pat dry.
      Add a great day cream -
      repeat at night with a night/eye cream

      If you want color pick up a bronzer and or mineral powder foundation.

      Look in to Berts Bee, Aveeno or Nutragena (I suggest Arbonne).. but until that $$ time.

      Also once a week do a deep cleaning mask
      and exfoliate too (I use booths) Twice a week -
      and before doing so add a very warm wash cloth to face to draw the dirt to the surface.

  45. QUESTION:
    Whether Himalaya shampoo is harmful?
    Hi, Friend's i came to know the news that Himalaya shampoo is harmful it can cause Cancer!.I m using Himalaya Shampoo(Dry hair) from past one year. Is it true that its harmful? Give a alternate solution for my Dry hair. Home remedies preffered or I wan't mild shampoo..Plz help me

    • ANSWER:
      no not at all!! HIMALAYA s very reputed company!! nd the info. u got i think isn't correct!!

  46. QUESTION:
    I have a friend who gets EXTREMELY sick when pregnant...?
    This person got majorly sick for her first pregnancy. She would have to throw up almost constantly. So bad in fact, they put her on a med that they give cancer patients. Which the generic costs over a pill (and you need like 3-4 a day!) She is now pregnant again and cannot afford the pills, nor will public aid help with it. Its to the point they will just have to admit her to the hospital everytime it gets really bad (which is most of the time).

    I can't seem to find anything about this online and wondered if anyone knows any info on what could really cause it. Also maybe some herbal/home remedies that are tried and true. Some seem to think its because she just cant get pregnant and its her body's way of rejection. Which honestly doesn't seem right to me because, wouldn't your body make you have a miscarraige if so?
    Its not just your normal case of morning sickness. This goes on the entire length of pregnancy. Its not healthy at all for her or baby. Her first had an extremely small umbilical cord. Put it this way, he is over 4 years old and still has problems eating solid foods. He has some major health issues as a result.

    She can't get anything down at any time during day.

    • ANSWER:
      my friend was also like this through her whole pregnancy. She decided to have no more children. no offence, but if your friend cannot afford what she needs then matybe she should do the same.. However, now shes pregnant I guess she will just have to put up with it for 9 months - or move to the uk where they would give her the medication for free!!

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    • ANSWER:
      I used "Anusol Suppositories"
      They helped me really well!

  48. QUESTION:
    Please Help, My Sunburn -- Looking For Ways To Prevent Sunburn?
    Whenever I go to the beach, I don't burn anywhere else except my face. Trust me, I put a heavy-duty layer of suncreen on my cheeks (right under my eyeballs and across the bridge of my nose and at the top part of my cheeks), because it burns so badly. I don't know what's up with my skin or something, because no matter how much sunscreen I put on them, I burn.

    I've been using 50 or higher, of Coppertone Sport Sunscreen (One layer of the rub on lotiony stuff, and one layer of the sport bottle sprayer/mister). And STILL this doesn't seem to work!!!

    So, my question is:

    Does anyone have any remedies for prevent sunburn on small sections of skin? I've heard of people using facial gunk (the gucky stuff you use when you get a facial at a salon) and putting it on the areas that burn, but I'm honestly not going to go to the beach or on the boardwalk looking like I ran out of the salon before the facial lady could clean me up.

    So PLEASE, post your home remedies or just a way to prevent this horrible sunburn. I've gotten burned over and over, and my face and it's pretty much a breeding ground for freckles, and I'm terribly worried that I could develop skin cancers on my cheeks.

    NO GOOFY, STUPID, SARCASTIC, OR MEAN COMMENTS GUYS! Thanks In Advance <3 (I will choose Best Answer)

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    How can I cure my stomachache?
    I've had a stomachache for the past five months. Calm down before you jump down my throat. I've been to the doctor several times. After many tests, the conclusion is that I do not have an ulcer, IBS, acid reflux, any tumors or cancers, or even an aortic aneurysm. I'm on proton-pump inhibitors but they seem to only work for part of the day. Night is when my stomach gets really bad. So do you know of any home remedies I can try that might settle my stomach? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    sweat; NEED help! D: D:?
    Wellllp, here's another sweating question. I've possibly read through every single question on here involving sweat, & i'm just not finding the help I need. I'm 16 years old, and sweat...bad. I've been like this for a few years, but never really cared or noticed just how bad it was until last year. I've tried every single antiperspirant out there; drank loads of water; wore loose fitted clothing; baby powder; exercise; everything. NOTHING WORKS. I recently heard about "drysol" but with it i heard about the problems; such as cancers & other serious problems. At this point, I'm willing to take that chance. I'd like some home remedies that have some guarantees about working. I'm tired of having to wear jackets over my clothes to hide the sweat, and even with that, I sweat through the jacket! It's gross, and brings down my self esteem even more than it already is. I've even stuck tissues and toilet paper under my arms to try and absorb the sweat. Any help would be greatly appreciated, (: please & thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      You have a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis.

      There's primary hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis.
      Causes include mercury poisoning, food allergies and intolerances, stress, obesity, even anti-perspirants, etc.
      If you're stressing your body, your body will react... in this case sweat.

      http://www.bye-bye-excessive-armpit-sweat.com/index.html
      You should check out the tabs on this site which state the causes of hyperhidrosis and treatments/remedies.

      You could try approaching this problem holistically by changing your lifestyle.
      Positive thoughts + proper diet + exercise.
      You could also visit your doctor who will most likely prescribe a strong anti-perspirant.
      Surgery is also an option, but an expensive one.

      -Avoid trigger foods like coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, and food that doesnt digest easily...use olive oil when cooking
      -Check to see if you're allergic to dairy or wheat
      -There's sweat pads that absorb sweat (better than tissues and toilet paper i'm assuming)

      Eat healthy. Plenty of protein, fruits and vegetables.
      Stay hydrated.
      Exercise and try to reduce anxiety and stress levels. Try acupuncture or yoga or massages.
      Research natural remedies for hyperhidrosis or something if you're willing to buy a product :)


Home Remedies For Canker Sore Pain

Mouth sores can be a pain, especially when it affects your eating and talking. Two common mouth sores we may hear are cold sores and canker sores. These terms may be confused as being the same condition but in two different names, but they are not. In fact, after you know the difference, telling them apart is quite easy.

Cold sores often occur outside of the mouth; they are fluid-filled and caused by a virus. Canker sores occur inside the mouth; they are small, shallow ulcers and not caused by a virus. In fact, the cause of canker sores are unknown. However, we do know that citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables like lemons, oranges, pineapples, apples, figs, tomatoes, and strawberries attribute to the formation of canker sores. Injury to the gum tissues can also trigger a canker sore, i.e. by a sharp tooth or misfitted denture.

Cold Sores

Cold sores, or Herpes simplex labialis (HSL), can be very painful for some people, while some people infected with the virus may not experience any symptoms at all. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus I, actually both herpes simplex I and II can cause cold sores. Once infected with this virus, the virus stays with the affected person for life. To prevent from catching this virus, it is best to avoid contact with fluids of the infected person, for example, kissing, sharing utensils, drinking cups, and anything else the person with a cold sore may have used.

Cold sores usually go away after a few days on their own, but there are remedies over the counter to help relieve the symptoms of cold sores. Abreva is the only FDA-approved over-the-counter treatment of cold sores that can reduce the duration of cold sore symptoms, the number of occurrences of cold sores, as well as relieving the pain. Abreva contains the active ingredient docosanol 10%, that's used to treat cold sores. Other remedies that you may try to relieve the pain from cold sores are topical analgesics, like benzocaine; you can find products containing these ingredients at your local pharmacy over-the-counter. There are also natural lysine-containing products that you can use to prevent the spread of cold sores. You can also look for the common ingredients types: analgesics (menthol, camphor, phenol), and skin protectants with sunscreen (dimethicone allantoin; dimethicone being the sunscreen ingredient).
Canker Sores

There are two types of canker sores, or Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis (RAS): simple and complex. Simple canker sores are the most common type of canker sore. Complex canker sores occur more often in people who have had them before, and may be an indication to a bigger underlying problem such an impaired immune system, nutrition deficiency in vitamin B-12, zinc, folic acid, iron, etc., or gastrointestinal tract disease like Celiac disease and Chrohn's disease.

Canker sores are characterized by one or more painful sores inside the mouth, either on the tongue, soft palate (the posterior region of the roof of the mouth), or inside the cheeks in the mouth. You may experience a tingling or burning sensation before the appearance of a canker sore. These painful sores are round , white, or gray in appearance, and have a red border. In cases of severe canker sores, the person may experience a fever, feel sluggish, and have swollen lymph nodes.

There are over-the-counter remedies to relieve canker sores, including oral debriding (plaque removing), wound cleansing, pain-relieving (topical oral anesthetics) products, as well as topical oral protectants and rinses. Cleansing and debriding agents contain the active ingredients: carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, or sodium bicarbonate. Beware that the prolonged use of these agents can lead to tissue irritation and tooth enamel decalcification. You can also look for analgesics (benzocaine), and use that with an antiseptic (benzalkonium chloride).

Your doctor may prescribe Magic mouthwash for your canker sore, but there is no standard formula for this treatment. The most popular formulation includes an anesthetic such as lidocaine, an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine, plus maalox. The person may add antifungals, corticosteroids, and antibiotics for treating infections or inflammations. You can find these ingredients over-the-counter in your local pharmacy and mix your own mouthwash. You will need diphenhydramine, maalox and ibuprofen liquid, and mix together the same amount of each ingredient and make a 1 to 1 to 1 mixture. This formulation should be used 4 times a day, by swishing 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of the mixture in the mouth for 1 to 2 minutes, then spitting out. Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes after use.

If these remedies do not relieve your symptoms in a few days, please consult your doctor before taking the next step.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for canker sores? Anything for the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      There are medications you can take orally, however I recommend a mouth wash called Peroxyl. It helps them to heal faster by cleaning any bad bacteria that settles in the area. The few times I have had them, it neutralized the pain. If you go to a dentist they will have stuff to put on the area. Typically they will apply it. The stuff they have may help it to heal faster also.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy for pain relef of a canker sore?

    • ANSWER:
      It may sting a little, but swish salt water(enough salt to make it taste very salty/1c water )3-4x daily if possible.avoid spicy/hot/tangy food and beverage. All vitamin c drinks and soda may irritate it further.Also certain condiments like catsup/ketchup, bbq sauce,etc...could burn.Drink abundance of water till it heals. Sometime cankers come due to too much acid in system.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for canker sores?
    I have had this canker sore for about three weeks. I read somewhere that if you have a canker sore for more than 2 weeks it could be infected and to seek medical attention, but that's not the case. I have braces and there is a peice of metal sticking out. The metal is ment to be there so that stinks. It keeps rubbing and reopening the sore. I put braces wax on it but it only stays on a little while. I am also currently using orajel to temporally numb but I can only use that for times a day and the relief lasts 20 min. Are there any home remedies you reccomend? I don't care about how painful it is as long as it gets rid of these canker sores. The pain I have now has to be worse, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      B-complex vitamins
      Iron
      Folic Acid
      A herbal tea can be made to treat canker sores by combining several of these ingredients together:
      Peppermint
      Myrrh
      Licorice
      goldenseal
      Slippery Elm
      Calendula
      these are all good home remedies to make it go away faster

  4. QUESTION:
    What home remedies are there for my son's canker sore? It is in his mouth and he is in pain.?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are 13 home remedies that deal with Canker Sores:
      http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/47/26.cfm

      Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for canker sore?
    Is there anything I can use at home to help cure/alleviate the pain of a canker sore in my mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      In most cases, they will resolve on their own, without any treatment within 14 days or so. Try buying Chlorhexidine mouthwash (Corsodyl) this sometimes helps to reduce the pain. This can be brought OTC. There is also some evidence that it may help mouth ulcers to heal more quickly and it can also prevent the ulcer from becoming infected. Try not to use it for too long though, because it can cause staining to the teeth. If the inflammation is really bad, you can also try steroid lozenges ( e.g. Corlan)

      In addition, take paracetamol unless contraindicated. You could also apply something topically like Bonjella. If you are under the age of 16, buy actual bonjella teething gel for baby's as it no longer contains choline salicylate and has been reformulated with lidocaine. This is safer as excess use of the other Bonjella can lead to Reye's syndrome in young people and children.

      The quacks often mention salt water, there is little or no evidence that this is very helpful, in actual fact it might cause further irritation.

      If the ulcer is still present after 2-3 weeks without any sign of healing, gets worse and/or you develop further symptoms and a temperature, see your GP.
      =============================================
      @ KTC: Not even wrong. The body pH will NOT alter in response to acidy or alkaline foods you eat. Any change is quickly rectified by your homoeostatic mechanisms. Avoiding acidy foods will not solve this problem. However, acidy foods may act as a local irritant so its rational to avoid acidy and spicy foods at the moment.

      I'm not suggesting treating symptoms and not the cause. It will likely resolve by itself without ANY intervention. I'm just trying to suggest things that will alleviate pain in the meantime. I also stated that he does not need to see his GP unless symptoms fail to improve or get worse.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for canker sores?
    I'm in soooo much pain. I've had canker sores before but never one like this. I feel like someone stabbed me in the mouth, because it lines up where my teeth close. It hurrrrts, what can I do to make this pain stop until it heals owwww

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores will get better on their own without any treatment. But there are things you can do to help it along and to feel better. Orajel and Anbesol, both of which you can get without a prescription, will numb the sore and make it less painful. There are also prescription medications you can get that will help. There are several mouthwashes that can help – look for one without alcohol. Even if you don’t have any of those treatments, you can rinse your mouth with warm salted water several times a day. It is gross, but it will help.

      These sites give the details about canker sores and how to treat them.

      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/mouth/canker.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Canker-Sores-or-Mouth-Ulcers
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview

  7. QUESTION:
    Home Remedy For Canker Sores?
    I have a HUGE canker sore in my mouth. Is there any home remedies to soothe the pain and heal the sore? Please Help!
    Thanks!
    Mrs.Abbey Smith
    TO JUSTLAUGH93:I would go to the store if it wasnt 11:00 at night!

    • ANSWER:
      I use to get them all the time. After following all the other good advice, if the sore is painful, take Tylenol and use a bit of Campho Phenique on a Q-tip and brush it over it. Still takes a few days to heal over but it will be less painful.

  8. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies to get rid of canker sores?
    I've have problems with these for years and I can't figure out why. They're painful as hell and make it hard to eat and drink. Any ideas how to get rid of them or at least make the pain less intense?

    • ANSWER:
      CAUTION: PERSISTENT CANKER SORES LASTING MORE THAN 14 DAYS MAY INDICATE AN UNDERLYING CAUSE THAT OUGHT TO BE CHECKED BY A PHYSICIAN. Canker sores may also be caused by anemia, Iron deficiency, Vitamin B12 deficiency, or Folic acid deficiency. These deficiencies may be related to diet, or may in rare cases be caused by an intestinal disorder that will need a physician's treatment. A vitamin supplement may help you prevent canker sores. But for many people, the following is all they need to know to get rid of painful canker sores.

      I used to get canker sores all the time. They spoiled holiday meals. They kept me from enjoying the food on my first trip to Europe (ever try eating that delicious, hard German bread with an immense canker sore on the side of your tongue? Ouch!)

      I did research in medical journals, and even interviewed the world's leading aphthous stomatitis (the medical term for canker sores) researcher. But nobody could help me. Nobody even knew for sure what caused canker sores. Then I started putting 2 & 2 together on my own.

      What I figured out is that most of the pain of a canker sore comes from a secondary infection inhabited by bacteria or viruses, or maybe little red vermin from Venus--whatever it was, it was something my college microbiology class taught me how to deal with.

      After years of research and experimentation, I finally realized that a canker sore starts as a minor irritation in the mouth--perhaps a cut, perhaps an auto-immune reaction, perhaps an allergy. But, at least in my mouth, that irritation will heal by itself in a couple days UNLESS it becomes host to a secondary infection.

      When a secondary infection takes root in a small irritation, the canker sore starts to grow and become painful. Germs multiply and prosper all day long in that little irritation, but there’s enough activity in your mouth to keep them from really getting carried away. But then when you go to bed…that’s when things really get going. Those little germs party all night while your mouth is idle and has very little flow of saliva.

      That's why a canker sore hurts so bad when you first wake up.

      So, how do you get rid of these nasty party hounds? Just rinsing with an antiseptic won't do it. They put up a shield of mucous and just hunker down and wait out the assault. You've gotta get rid of that shield, then hit them with the antiseptic.

      Here's how I do it:

      AS SOON AS I FEEL A LITTLE CANKER SORE COMING ON (timing is crucial. This won't help much after the canker sore is large, and besides it hurts like the dickens on the big guys.)

      I take a swig of Listerine into my mouth (other antiseptic mouthwashes might work as well, I don't know) and hold it there for at least 60 seconds (I got the time from studying microbiology--it takes that long to make sure the germs are good and dead).
      While the mouthwash is in my mouth, I take my tongue and gently rub the canker sore. It hurts a bit, but not much if you get to it early enough. If the sore is on your tongue, rub it against some other part of the mouth to get rid of the mucous.
      After 60+ seconds, spit out the mouthwash. (NEVER SWALLOW ANY ANTISEPTIC UNLESS INSTRUCTED BY A COMPETENT MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL)
      Do this as soon as you feel a canker sore coming on. Then

      REPEAT THE PROCEDURE just before you go to bed. And
      REPEAT IT AGAIN first thing when you get up.
      You might want to do it once or twice more during the day.
      I find if I follow this procedure morning and night, nothing else is necessary.

      Keep repeating this procedure until the canker sore disappears (usually 2 to 3 days). The worst problem for me is that the cure works so well that in the morning I forget I have a canker coming on, and neglect to do the treatment. Then during the day it starts to revive.

      The only canker sores that have gotten big and troublesome in my mouth in the past 15 years are ones I've neglected to treat in this way. I bit the side of my tongue a few weeks ago, but treated it immediately with Listerine (while it was still bleeding), then followed my procedure night and morning. The spot was sore, but never became infected or particularly painful.

      Hope it works for you too!

      If you try it and it does or doesn't work, please write to me Ken Wade and let me know. Am I the only one this works for????

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      Canker sores may be confused with oral herpes. Dentists can tell the difference.
      Canker sores do not require treatment.
      If the sore lasts more than 2 weeks, ask your dentist to examine it.
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      Before leading the young man into my treatment room, I ask his mother if she has any questions. She says that there is a serious problem plaguing her son. He gets canker sores in his mouth. The sores make it difficult for him to eat and drink certain foods. When he has a canker sore, he cannot brush his teeth. He wants to know the best way to get rid of canker sores. Why does he get these sores? What can we do when he gets a sore? Is there a way to prevent mouth sores? What's the best way to get rid of canker sores?
      The young man is eager to discuss the problem. He points to a spot inside his lower lip, a red ulceration with a white rim. The entire sore is only about an eighth of an inch across. He has no other medical problems. He takes no medication, nor does he have a fever. He confides that he gets sores like this one after another. Sometimes, he has two or more at a time. He thinks that he gets more of them when he is nervous about school and dating. The individual cankers usually last for a week or two.

      Dentists refer to canker sores as aphthous ulcers or aphthae. Dentists are able to tell aphthae from similar appearing disorders such as oral herpes. Aphthae or apthous ulcers always appear on the smooth lining of the mouth, inside the lips and under and on the tongue. Oral herpes sores are similar, but affect different areas of the mouth and lips.

      Some people are prone to canker sores. Aphthae may appear without provocation or cause. Then again, an abrasion from a sharp piece of food, pressure on the lips from playing an instrument or sleeping face down, and emotional stress may cause an outbreak of ulcers. Another cause is a common chemical, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS).

      People who are prone to aphthous ulcers learn which foods they must avoid. Many find that acidic food and drink such as orange, pineapple, and tomato cause, and irritate mouth ulcers. Others may find that eating crunchy foods with sharp edges like potato chips and hard cereals bring out the worst canker sores.

      Sodium lauryl sulphate or SLS is a foaming agent. Most toothpastes and shampoos include SLS as a major ingredient. SLS is drying and irritating. Toothpastes for people with dry mouth (xerostomia) do not include SLS. Biotene (http://www.biotene.com) is the best known of the SLS free toothpastes. Biotene is available in most grocery stores and pharmacies in the U. S. Most people who use SLS free toothpaste will decrease the frequency of outbreaks of Aphthous ulcers. Additionally, SLS free toothpaste is more comfortable to use when sores are present.

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      Comments (18 total)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: People who have questions about their own dental issues should contact me directly. I am not always aware of comments left on an article. I did not know about questions from Mary Beth and Scott until just now. My appologies to all.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: Tracy, multiple canker sores can be normal. This is not a good forum to discuss this. You may contact me directly for more personalized information, or as your dentist to examine you soon, before the sores heal.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Nathan Burns: Dr. Leader, Your article is very informative. Thank you!
      (+2)

      tracy
      09/03/2006
      I Have 4 Big Canker Sores That Jus Came Out The Blue. Is That Normal?
      (+1)

      jdp
      08/21/2006
      Forget all the other remedies - Ora5 was like a miracle cure for me when I first tried it years ago; the pain goes straight away and the now painless ulcer soon leaves as well.
      (+2)

      scott
      08/16/2006
      I have just been diagnosed with a acute tonsilitus and have been very ill with a severe soar throat and a bad ear infection. At the same time I started getting very bad canker soars but only on my tounge. This has made it nearly impossible for me to eat or drink anything as my whole face and mouth throat are now in severe pain. Why did I get the canker soars? How can i get rid of them?

      MaryBeth
      08/13/2006
      I just had my 4 wisdom teeth taken out. I've never had canker sores such as the ones I have how. They are at the back of my mouth on both sides. Just behind where the bottom teeth were taken out. My tongue is numb and has a chalky feel to it. Puss is in my mouth every morning and I vomit. Help! Is this more serious than a typical canker sore? The roof of my mouth and sometimes the base burns at night and i sometimes feel a liquid sensation in my ear. Any input would help
      (-1)

      Dr. Dave Leader
      06/26/2006
      Many practitioners confuse oral herpes and canker sores. Canker sores occur on the moveable soft tissue of the mouth, the lining of the cheeks, under the tongue, and inside the lips. Herpes begins as a collection of small blisters that coalesce and ulcerate. Herpes usually occurs on the vermillion border of the lips and on the non-moveable gum tissue around the teeth, and the roof of the mouth. See a dentist to confirm your MD's diagnosis. I hope that helps you and your girlfriend.
      (+2)

      Jeff
      06/26/2006
      My girlfriend's doctor told her that both she and I have oral herpes because we have canker sores inside our mouths. I didn't think canker sores were a type of herpes. Am I right?

      Justin
      04/10/2006
      I've had a canker sore since around last August. Is there something wrong? It hasn't gone away since.
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      Takeaways
      Canker sores may be confused with oral herpes. Dentists can tell the difference.
      Canker sores do not require treatment.
      If the sore lasts more than 2 weeks, ask your dentist to examine it.
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      Sodium lauryl sulphate, a common ingredient in toothpaste is a major cause of aphthous ulcers.
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      Can You Get Rid of Canker Sores? Dealing With Aphthous Ulcers
      Treatment and Prevention of Mouth Sores
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      By Dr. David Leader
      Aug 27 2005 09:10PM

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      Treatments for cankers range from medicinal to metaphysical. The author recommends a few popular treatments to get rid of canker sores.
      The simplest treatment is to wait for the mouth sores to heal. Avoid food and drink that irritates the sores, sleep face up so that teeth do not rub the cankers at night, and take pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin, when necessary. The ulcers all heal within two weeks.

      There are many suggestions for treating aphthae nutritionally. Some recommend taking B complex and C vitamins. Another common tip to get rid of canker sores is to eat yogurt with active cultures (lactobacillus) or even lactobacillus tablets. The author does not find nutritional additives to be a helpful, but many people support this venue.

      Rinsing with warm salt water (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) is comforting and does seem to aid healing. This home remedy works for a variety of problems.

      There are many covering and numbing preparations available over-the-counter and by prescription. The author prefers Orabase with Benzocaine, cyanoacrylate bandage products, and viscous lidocaine.

      >Orabase is a gooey paste that is able to adhere directly to canker sores. Dab a small amount onto the ulcer to provide a protective coating. Do not smear Orabase on or apply a thick coating. It lasts long enough to eat a meal. Orabase is available with Benzocaine, a popular numbing medication. Orabase is also available with a steroid, Kenalog that speeds healing. Kenalog in Orabase is expensive (about .00 for a 5-gram tube), requires a prescription, and must be applied several times a day.

      >Cyanoacrylate products are similar to Super Glue (do not use glue in the mouth; it is not safe). Products like Colgate Soothe and Seal are easy to apply. They provide a hard barrier to protect the cankers from any irritation.

      >Dentists prescribe viscous lidocaine for patients to use as necessary for quick relief of mouth pain from a variety of conditions. The disadvantages of viscous lidocaine are its bitter taste, that it will numb the entire mouth, and that its effect only lasts a short time. Never the less, most people appreciate viscous lidocaine for its effectiveness and ease of use.

      Aphthous ulcers are a painful and bothersome oral condition. They will go away on their own. Try some of the over-the-counter and nutritional remedies. If you would like additional suggestions, or if your mouth ulcers last for more than two weeks, please consult your dentist.

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      Comments (18 total)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: People who have questions about their own dental issues should contact me directly. I am not always aware of comments left on an article. I did not know about questions from Mary Beth and Scott until just now. My appologies to all.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Dr. David Leader: Tracy, multiple canker sores can be normal. This is not a good forum to discuss this. You may contact me directly for more personalized information, or as your dentist to examine you soon, before the sores heal.
      (-1)

      09/04/2006
      Nathan Burns: Dr. Leader, Your article is very informative. Thank you!
      (+2)

      tracy
      09/03/2006
      I Have 4 Big Canker Sores That Jus Came Out The Blue. Is That Normal?
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      jdp
      08/21/2006
      Forget all the other remedies - Ora5 was like a miracle cure for me when I first tried it years ago; the pain goes straight away and the now painless ulcer soon leaves as well.
      (+2)

      scott
      08/16/2006
      I have just been diagnosed with a acute tonsilitus and have been very ill with a severe soar throat and a bad ear infection. At the same time I started getting very bad canker soars but only on my tounge. This has made it nearly impossible for me to eat or drink anything as my whole face and mouth throat are now in severe pain. Why did I get the canker soars? How can i get rid of them?

      MaryBeth
      08/13/2006
      I just had my 4 wisdom teeth taken out. I've never had canker sores such as the ones I have how. They are at the back of my mouth on both sides. Just behind where the bottom teeth were taken out. My tongue is numb and has a chalky feel to it. Puss is in my mouth every morning and I vomit. Help! Is this more serious than a typical canker sore? The roof of my mouth and sometimes the base burns at night and i sometimes feel a liquid sensation in my ear. Any input would help
      (-1)

      Dr. Dave Leader
      06/26/2006
      Many practitioners confuse oral herpes and canker sores. Canker sores occur on the moveable soft tissue of the mouth, the lining of the cheeks, under the tongue, and inside the lips. Herpes begins as a collection of small blisters that coalesce and ulcerate. Herpes usually occurs on the vermillion border of the lips and on the non-moveable gum tissue around the teeth, and the roof of the mouth. See a dentist to confirm your MD's diagnosis. I hope that helps you and your girlfriend.
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      Jeff
      06/26/2006
      My girlfriend's doctor told her that both she and I have oral herpes because we have canker sores inside our mouths. I didn't think canker sores were a type of herpes. Am I right?

      Justin
      04/10/2006
      I've had a canker sore since around last August. Is there something wrong? It hasn't gone away since.
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  9. QUESTION:
    Help for canker sores? Any new ideas? Home remedies?
    My entire family seems to be plagued by canker cores from time to time. I was wondering if any of you have discovered good remedies, faster healing and pain relief.

    • ANSWER:
      Warm salt water is great and you can always take Tylenol for the pain but go to the store in the false teeth aisle and buy a medication that has lidocaine or benzocaine in it. You can use it in your mouth because it's for pain from false teeth and it numbs the pain for a while, especially long enough to get to sleep. Use as directed on package and don't forget the Tylenol.

  10. QUESTION:
    Tonsil Canker Sore + Sharp Ear Pain?
    *** This could get long, but please read on and help as much as you can, thanks ***

    Alright so I woke up about 3 days ago with a sore throat but only on the right part of my tonsils. Then later that day I found out (by feeling it) that it's a canker sore on my right tonsil, but deep in there (and I've never gotten them there ever before). Still later that day I started getting sharp ear pains whenever I swallow ON TOP of the throat pain. And I know that the throat and ears are very much connected since I can trace the area of pain with my finger on my neck from the canker sore itself all the way to the hole of my ear.

    I've read a lot of sites and pretty much all of them suggest to tough it out anywhere from 3 days to a couple weeks and do the best I can to numb the pain and speed the healing process. A couple sites suggested taking ibuprofen, but a couple sites say that ibuprofen was linked to canker sore causes, so now I'm confused. We have aspirin, but I'm a big guy (weight-wise) with somewhat of a high tolerance to drugs, and the aspirins we have are all low dose. ALTHOUGH, before I ever knew that ibuprofen could cause canker sores, I took about 400mg of it and fortunately, the ear pain would "lessen" in about 45 minutes and last about 4-5 hours. But should I continue using ibuprofen despite claims that it causes canker sores?

    It really sucks because the pain is keeping me from working out, eating properly, and sleep. When I thought about it, I came up with a ton of reasons as to why it started.

    -Stress and fatigue (Insanity workouts while I'm still overweight)

    -Ibuprofen (I had been taking ibuprofen almost everyday for the past week and a half)

    -Toothpaste (just found out that my toothpaste contained Sodium lauryl sulfate, which also causes cankers)

    -Weather (it was really windy that night when my throat started to hurt and my window was slightly opened, I may have caught some bacteria from the wind? Although I've read that tonsil cankers are not viral or bacterial, so not sure)

    -Just pure bad luck (maybe my tonsils got messed up from whatever I ate recently, or something whatever happened and caused a rupture, etc.)

    I'm continuing to perform home remedies though, in the hopes of speeding up the healing process. Like gargling baking soda or salt with warm water, gargling hydrogen peroxide, and applying baking soda paste (but since it's on my tonsil, it's hard to apply anything because that area is always wet and slippery).

    Final Questions:
    Which pain medication should I take for best results? Aspirin? Ibuprofen? Anything else?

    Any other effective home remedies to sooth it? Keep in mind that my canker sore is deep into my right tonsil so I'm gonna need to reach in there to touch it, etc.

    When should I go see a doctor? (Sad to say but no insurance at the moment, so this area could get flaky)

    THANK YOU!!

    • ANSWER:
      You could try lidoderm.

      My recommendation, go to any walgreens, rite-aid, walmart, or target. Head to the pharmacy dept and speak to the technician about your symptoms. They always give good advise for over the counter drugs that help with the pain.

      Good luck.

  11. QUESTION:
    toddler (21mo) has lots of canker sores. Any home remedies?
    Due to viral infection, my toddler (21mo) has lots of canker sores. Dr cannot recommend anything besides tylenol or motrin, no mouthwashes can be used as he will swallow.

    are there any home remedies (safe to swallow) that I can use to help for comfort? tot is refusing food due to pain. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I hope this helps. It will drastically speed the healing, But for pain you might try baby oragel. If that helps the pain then you can use salt water. Warm salt water. Take and mix some up and a few times a day try to rub it on the sores. Maybe with a Q-tip (after you have applied the oragel). The salt will sting the wounds for a moment but it will greatly reduce the healing time. If the oragel does not comfort him then I would not try it.

  12. QUESTION:
    Canker sores really hurt- any for sure home remedies?
    My son has canker sores in his mouth and they are really hurting him. Please help with any suggestions to ease the pain or get rid of them quicker.

    • ANSWER:
      Eat more foods rich in vitamin B3 (niacin) to heal and speed recovery of canker sores ie ~ fish, lean meats, whole wheat products, liver, wheat germ, eggs, roasted peanuts, the white meat of poultry, avocdadoees, dates, figs and prunes.

      As another poster has already mentioned, rinsing out your mouth with warm salty water will ease the pain for you .

      Vitamin B3 rich foods will help eliminate canker sores and more often than not bad breath too. It will also give you healthier looking skin and help prevent and ease severity of headaches and migraines, reduce symptoms of diarrhea and increase circulation and reduce high blood pressure.

      Vitamin B3 is necessary for a healthy nervous system and brain functioning and lack of it will generally also bring about negative personality changes.

      Take a multi B complex tablet including all the B's ie: B1, B2 B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they work best synergistically (together)....... do not take any of the B complex of vitamins individually, but rather as a whole complex, unless specifically instructed to by a nutritionally oriented physician or naturopath.

      The B complex of vitamins is essential for healthy neural, digestive and immune system functioning.

      If you are lactose intolerant or vegetarian then it is really important that you supplement your diet with a multi B complex tablet on a daily basis.

      Things will rob you of your precious B complex of vitamins are :- eating too much protein, alcohol, eating too much tinned food, laxatives and diuretics, antiobiotics, antidepressants, penicillin, prednisone and aspirin, otc cold and flu medicines.

      Also, try to cut back on drinks such as caffeine, tea, sodas and soft drinks and alcohol if he drinks any of these, as they are all B complex thieves........ as well as being great at dehydrating you.

      Drink loads more fresh filtered water too as the healthiest and happiest body will always be the most hydrated one.

      hope this helps you

      Good health to you & yours♥

      CHEERS

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there any good treatments to help heal a canker sore faster?
    I hardly ever get canker sores but this has been a very stressful month and I developed one in a very sensitive area and just regular talking irritates it.

    Are there any treatments that actually work to speed the healing process? They can be store bought or home remedies.

    Same question for pain relief? Any working treatments store bought or home remedies to relieve pain? I do not want to take pain medication so that is not the answer I am searching for.

    • ANSWER:
      One of the best home remedy for canker sore is aloe juice as a mouth freshener and then rinse several times a day.

      Antacid formulas like Mylanta and Milk of Magnesia can be used as a mouthwash and then rinse it after few minutes. This will relieve the pain and speed healing.

      One of the trusted home remedies for canker sores is Copper sulfate. It is an astringent and was also called as "lunar caustic." It may sting upon application, but the canker sores must go within a day or two.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a home remedy for sores on your tongue/canker sores?
    I know there are medications out there for the pain or whatever, but does anyone know anything I can put on them or rinse my mouth with that will make them heal fast?

    • ANSWER:
      a salt water garggle is good, and if it gets really bad, try some clove, either make clove tea, or buy some natural clove gum....there is an herb called lysine that also really works

  15. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of canker sore?!?! Help!?
    So i have this canker sore in my mouth and it hurts sooo bad! Its been there for 4 days and OMG! it hurts :( and... 1- how to relieve the pain? and 2- how to get rid of it!
    please help mee! home remedies or whatever will help please. thanks(:

    • ANSWER:
      Your best bet is to get a prescription from a dentist for either Aphthasol or Kenalog in Orabase. These medications tend to reduce the inflammation and ulceration that develop when canker sores occur. To get the maximum benefit, you really need to apply the ointment as soon as you think the sores are coming. If you wait until an ulceration is full blown, the healing will be delayed. You'll find the healing time can be less than a week rather than 10-14 days. (Orabase by itself will only relieve pain and may not promote early healing.)

      Canker sores occur because of a lot of reasons (allergies, stress, diet, heredity). You might see if your canker sores are triggered by eating certain foods like peanuts, chocolate, or citrus fruits. Canker sores can be a result of an allergic reaction manifesting in your mouth.

      Some people also have said that eating yogurt (containing active Lactobacillus acidophilus cultures) prevents further outbreaks and helps heal sores faster. Some people also say that opening a capsule of Vit E and applying the liquid right on the sore for pain relief. Warm salt water causes temporary relief but I found that Orabase or Ambesol nuimbs it longer.

      From a nutritional standpoint, make sure you're not deficient in folate, iron and vitamin B12. You might want to take a multivitamin tablet in an attempt to reduce future outbreaks.

  16. QUESTION:
    partially impacted wisdom pain - remedies?
    my upper left wisdom tooth has only grown in half way (the bottom of the tooth hits where my other teeth normally start showing. i looked this up and i believe it is called a partially impacted wisdom tooth. anyway, the gum around the tooth as well as that crease where my gums meet my cheek both hurt. it feels like i have a bad canker sore butit is not a canker sore. it flares up every 2 or 3 months. i cannot afford to go to a dentist (no insurance at the moment). i need some ways to help it feel better quicker during the flare-ups until i can afford to see a dentist. oraje; does not really seem to help much. i am brushing 2-3x a day then rinsing with Listerine. any home remedies for the pain? it hurts to eat anything hard/crunchy.

    • ANSWER:
      First I would recommend not rinsing with listerine for a few days. If your gums are sore or feel raw in that area then listerine will only aggravate it. Continue brushing and flossing as usual but use a warm salt water rinse after your meals and avoid the mouth wash. Rinsing after meals will help keep the area free of debris and is much easier on the gums. Gently flossing between your last molar and partially erupted tooth will help keep it clean also. Ibuprophen (ie-advil )every 4 to 6 hours as needed should help with some of throbbing. You can also try placing a cold pack on the area for 10-15 minutes at a time. You will need to try and save some money for a dentist trip because they things tend to reoccur and there is a possibility there's an infection in area requiring an antibiotic and/or extraction.

  17. QUESTION:
    canker sore....second one in two months?
    I have a canker sore on my gums (opposite my lower incisor)....i've had it for a week, and it's my second one in the past 2 months. ive tried ibuprofen but it doesn't seem to be working, it's extremely painful. I can't eat or drink without being in terrible pain...i cant even graze my tongue past it.

    I'm hygenic...could it be coz of my period. because the times overlapped both times, or could it be malnutrition? I became vegan 3 months ago.

    anything to stop the pain please? any home remedies?...anything. too much pain~!

    • ANSWER:
      One of the best home remedy for canker sore is aloe juice as a mouth freshener and then rinse several times a day.

      Grapefruit seed extract is a wonderful natural antimicrobial product and it is excellent disinfectant. For this one can have five to six drops in a glass of water and use as a mouthwash once a day. This is also a useful diet for canker sores.

  18. QUESTION:
    canker sore.......ow! help!?!?
    I have a mouth sore (canker sore) and it hurts all the time. Does anyone know any home remedies for curing this or making it heal faster? A pain reliever would be nice. Any tips will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      these things are the worst!! i used to get them alot when i was stressed out during nursing school

      because they're viral (herpes simplex b virus), there is no cure and they take about 14 days to clear up.

      i found regular ibuprofen to work best. it took the pain away w/out me having to shove something numbing in my mouth to where i couldn't eat (biting my tongue wasn't pleasant either). take 200-400mg every 6 hours as needed but no more than 1200mg in 24 hours.

      anbesol works ok but not for long-i used the liquid stuff. apply it to a q-tip and rub it over the sore. it will numb it but only for about 30 mins max.

      stick with the ibuprofen and avoid spicy and acidic foods b/c they'll irritate the sore more. rinse your mouth out everytime you eat.

  19. QUESTION:
    Need to cure a canker sore!!! HELP!?
    I get cankers a lot, but I have started my menstrual cycle recently, (I'm 14) and I hear they hurt way worse once you have gotten it. (True.) A few weeks ago, I had the most disgusting, infected huge canker sore ever, right where my lip and cheek meet on the inside. I could hardly eat or drink. I was in pain for days. I was just asleep about 20 minutes ago, and I woke up startled (???) for some reason, and bit a chunk out of my lip as I sat up. I know I'm going to get a canker, so I just ran to the bathroom and got q-tips, cotton balls, and Hydrogen Peroxide. (There is a q-tip with peroxide on it as I'm writing this) and I'm holding it on the canker. I know it's supposed to kill the infection. But I highly doubt it'll still be there tomorrow, and that would be horrible. Warm salt water is....so so. But are there any other home remedies? PLEASE HELP ME, I'm in so much frickn pain. So please, I need your help. When do you think it'll go away! :(

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, canker sores are annoying and are usually caused from irritation, canker sores are more common in females, and an estimated 10% of the population has recurring problems with them.

      There is no way to get rid of them with out a little pain, later or on-spot. The most quickest way is.. Alum from the spice section of your grocery store will relieve pain and speed healing, but will burn like crazy for a few minutes once it is applied. Do this once or twice a day, but be prepared for the burning, and rinse your mouth out well after-wards.

      ALSO...

      Aloe juice can be used as a mouth rinse several times a day.

  20. QUESTION:
    Massive canker sore in back of mouth? Hurts when I swallow!?
    For about two days I have been experiencing some pain in my mouth in the inside of my cheek. Being stupid, I tried to open up the inside of my mouth to try and find the canker sore and I repeatidly kept pulling my cheeks and trying to too find the pain. This made it VERY worse for me, since the past night I have MASSIVE pain every time I swallow and eat. This must be a big canker sour near my throat/further cheek area due to the severe pain when swallowing. It hurts alot right now as I'm typing and I'm worried. Also, every time I grin or try to stretch my cheek it hurts. Will this go away? And is there some sort of home remedy that I can make to help reduce the pain? Thank you

    P.S. I'm worried that there may be even two canker sores causing this. Could there be?

    • ANSWER:
      This is a remedy that always works for me. Apply salt generously and directly to the canker sore. Yes it will hurt for a few seconds, but for me, it clears it up within a day or two.

      I have also heard of applying a wet tea bag (black tea) to the sore.

      Also, think about your diet. Have you been eating a lot of anything lately? Whenever I eat too much yogurt I get them.

      Good luck.

  21. QUESTION:
    Severe canker sore in my mouth! Help?
    For about two days I have been experiencing some pain in my mouth in the inside of my cheek. Being stupid, I tried to open up the inside of my mouth to try and find the canker sore and I repeatidly kept pulling my cheeks and trying to too find the pain. This made it VERY worse for me, since the past night I have MASSIVE pain every time I swallow and eat. This must be a big canker sour near my throat/further cheek area due to the severe pain when swallowing. It hurts alot right now as I'm typing and I'm worried. Also, every time I grin or try to stretch my cheek it hurts. Will this go away? And is there some sort of home remedy that I can make to help reduce the pain? Thank you

    P.S. I'm worried that there may be even two canker sores causing this. Could there be?
    I sometimes feel like the pain is near my saliva gland since it hurts alot when I swallow. But thanks for your help, and to the person who thinks they're cancer sores......they are canker sores so I'm not gonna die, LOL. But it does really hurt and I don't have insurance.

    • ANSWER:
      salt water rinse

  22. QUESTION:
    Canker sore, maybe during pregnancy plz help will be greatly appreciated :]?

    ok i'm nearly 8 weeks pregnant, my mouth has been sore for three days. i thought it was maybe my wisdom teeth coming in but then i seen a bubble like thing, not white it was just the color of the inside of my mouth. it just looks swollen, it hurts oh so bad, i can't eat or anything, and when i push on it, i feel like just crying :/ ughhh. i read somewhere that some pregnant wemon get these because of hormonal changes.. i've took tylenol and the pain comes pain in about an hour and doesn't fully go away i can't take any medications due to being pregnant but i was wondering if you knew any home remedies that i could do i've heard of the buttermilk but i want to try something different.

    • ANSWER:
      the same thing happened to me. i didnt know what it was and just when i was about to go to the dentist i realized that it was a bubble because my wisdom teeth are coming in. the bubbles gone now

  23. QUESTION:
    canker sore, maybe during pregnancy plz help will be greatly appreciated :]?
    ok i'm nearly 8 weeks pregnant, my mouth has been sore for three days. i thought it was maybe my wisdom teeth coming in but then i seen a bubble like thing, not white it was just the color of the inside of my mouth. it just looks swollen, it hurts oh so bad, i can't eat or anything, and when i push on it, i feel like just crying :/ ughhh. i read somewhere that some pregnant wemon get these because of hormonal changes.. i've took tylenol and the pain comes pain in about an hour and doesn't fully go away i can't take any medications due to being pregnant but i was wondering if you knew any home remedies that i could do i've heard of the buttermilk but i want to try something different.

    • ANSWER:
      These painful sores inside the mouth may be triggered by stress, injury, nutritional deficiencies, genetics, and other factors. They usually clear up in one to two weeks. Get Anbesol or Orajel at a pharmacy to help with the pain. There are also mouthwashes that will help - get ones without alcohol. And rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day - it is gross but it really will help.

      http://www.ehow.com/how_3069_treat-canker-sores.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview

  24. QUESTION:
    Question about canker sores?
    i have like 4 canker sores in my mouth. they burn so bad!! but one of them concerns me. on the top of my mouth on my gum i have 2 canker sores next to eachother, but they're not just normal canker sores, they made like a lump of of saggy gum tissue ( i guess you could call it that) i was wondering if this is common? does anyone have any at home remedies that bring down the pain for a long period of time?

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores usually go away without any treatment. For pain relief, you can try taking ibuprofen or Advil or Tylenol. Other medicines, such as Anbesol, Orajel, Orabase and Zilactin-B, might keep your canker sores from becoming irritated by eating, drinking or brushing your teeth. These medicines are applied directly on the sore.

      Canker sores aren't contagious, but usually when you get one, you will get them frequently in life. You can't really do anything to prevent them. However, using a toothpaste that does not contain SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) or other irritating ingredients, avoiding chewing gum, hard, crunchy or spicy foods may help reduce mouth irritation. Brushing your teeth after meals, using a soft toothbrush and flossing every day will also keep your mouth free of food that might cause a canker sore.

      You can try adding salt to a glass of water, and gurgling that in your mouth for a minute and spitting it out. It might sting, but it will clean the sore and help heal it.

  25. QUESTION:
    Canker sore help pleasee ?
    Mines hurt I put salt on it & Pain liquid & it hurts a little any more tips ? for a home remedy ?

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    canker sores!! help easy ten points!!!?
    I'm sickk.
    i have a bad throat infection
    i have strangely enormous tonsils, and they're FILLED with puss ew
    my tongue is white,, looks nasty.

    BUT worst of all i have all these canker sores all over my mouth 2 on each upper cheek of my mouth, 3 on the bottom of my tongue and more, it looks like i friggin have aids which i DON'T. but because of this i cant even talk,, and haven't ate for like 3 days. do you know home remedies? something that relives pain? help please even if its small! thanks :-)

    • ANSWER:
      You can get medicine for this at the drugstore. Just go there and ask for it.

  27. QUESTION:
    Mouth sore?
    All of my wisdom teeth have fully grown in, but sometimes slip under my gums again at the back of the tooth. Recently, I have what feels like a canker sore behind and around the tooth. It also feels as if it's spread a little bit to the bottom of my cheek. It's not large, but when I smile or try to eat it's painful. Could this just be a side effect of my wisdom tooth growing in even more? Are there any home remedies to help with the pain? Orajel has never really done anything for me, and I put baking soda and water on it last night. I also cannot gargle with warm salt water - it makes me vomit.
    I was just at the dentist and he said that my wisdom teeth have plenty of room to grow in, and he doesn't see any reason to remove them.

    • ANSWER:
      Try these home remedies for mouth sore:

      Apply directly a drop of peppermint oil to the sore to reduce pain.

      Rinse your mouth with aloe juice. If the sore is too bad, then apply it on the sore using a cotton ball.

      Brush you teeth with backing soda or apply it directly on the sores to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth.

      Boil four broken cinnamon sticks in a cup of water and gurgle

      For more info, check this site:
      http://www.nature-medicine.info

  28. QUESTION:
    Want to ease his pain...?
    My dog has been yelping today a few times today. Started when he tried eating his breakfast. Then a few more times when he wasn't eating. He has retreated to the bathroom and won't come out. I looked in his mouth and looks like he has a canker sore. I don't think we need the emergency vet. Is there anything I can do to ease his pain until tomorrow morning? I know one day without eating won't be too detrimental, but I don't want him in pain. Any suggestion for home remedies.
    He is a 15 year old collie-shepard mix and I am not looking forward to what else the vet is going to tell me tomorrow....

    • ANSWER:
      I would not give the dog anything. Just wait to see what the Vet says tomorrow. (Actually mouth cancer is a possibility at 15 years old)

  29. QUESTION:
    Herpes help!? Unbareable Pain! Please help?
    I came down with what at first thought was a yeast infection ( I was on 4 different antiobiotics for a month) Doctor warned me i would probably get one.. Okay but i started noticed bumbs looked like blisters, then canker sores, and then dried up really hard..it keeps itching and then i see more and more blisters even on my butt. I cant sleep literally the pain throbs and i feel cramps and swollen lymp nodes.. I cant stop crying i feel so depressed.. Its all overwhelming pain.. No doctors can see me till monday and i feeel i can not wait.. its severely painful.. What should i do.. What could soothe it?? and fast?? any overcounter creams?? bath? Home remedies(besides yogurt..Burned way too bad) Pain medications that work the best?? How do i overcome the depression?? Pls no rude answer thank you!
    I'm sorry but what other ways can you get them other than exposure to the virus? If you mean type then I do not know.. But I am asking to relieve pain not cure it.. I understand that takes time

    • ANSWER:
      Take warm sitz baths or wash the area with warm water 3 or 4 times a day.
      In between sitz baths, keep the sores clean and dry.
      Using a hair dryer to dry off the sores may be more comfortable than using a towel.
      Wear cotton underpants, which absorb moisture better than those made from synthetic material.
      Take paracetamol for pain and reduce any fever you may have.
      You can apply ice on the sores every ten minutes to the areas affected to restrict the movements of the virus from the nerve cells to the skin.

  30. QUESTION:
    I have some EXTREMELY EXTREMELY painful canker sores inside my mouth?!?
    There's like, 5 inside my mouth. I think they're occuring because I have had a cold for the past 4 or 5 days. There's 2 on my tongue, one on the inside of my lip, and one on that little stretch of, uh, gum? on the bottom teeth that connects to the lip! Ouch! Does anyone have any home remedies etc. that can help the pain be eased?
    Teehee, I'm 13, never done oral, and I'm a virgin. ^^

    • ANSWER:
      it is possible that u contracted oral hepes, if you didnt perform fellatio, then they are cold soares. you can try eating grapes or yogurt to suppress this. or check the link below for any additional information on remedies

  31. QUESTION:
    Throat Pain! Please Help!?
    I went to the doctor about throat pain and fever. The doc said I had strep and signs of Scarlet Fever and prescribed me Penicillin V and Ibuprofen. That was on Thursday. The following monday, I went to another doctor, because the pain in my throat hadn't changed. The fever stopped, and all other symptoms stopped, but my throat continued to hurt. The doc said I had ulcers or canker sores in my throat. He said once the strep is fully gone, the sores should eventually go away. I looked in my throat and there are white concave holes all over my throat. They are flat sores, not round or pussy. They are on all sides of throat, tonsils, tongue, and cheek. There are about 20 of them, and they're roughly 3-5mm in diameter. It is the most painful thing I have ever experienced. I cannot swallow without coming to tears. I haven't eaten hardly anything since thursday and I've lost 5 pounds. The doctor also gave me some Lidocaine for the sores, but the effect only lasts a short time, and so does everything else I've tried. Also, I feel like more and more sores are appearing every day. My left lymph node on my neck is still swollen since thursday, and my tonsils look swollen too. Please, Please Help me. Please do not tell me to go see a doctor again, or try some home remedy thing. Right now, I don't care about temporary pain relief. I need answers and a time period. Please. Thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    I have bacterial vaginosis and need some answers.?
    Ever since I had my son 9 months ago i have been getting infection after infection. I went for testing and found out it was Bacterial Vaginosis. I tried all the medications that they could offer nothing worked and i was allergic to 1 of them! My BV came back, and this time its more pain-full then i remember every time i get BV i get a little patch of white dots( looks like a canker sore) on the inside of my labia minora. I have had the same sexual partner for 2 years. I need answer, & home remedies.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Problem with mouth ulcers?
    Honestly, from since I can remember, I have always suffered from mouth ulcers.
    Sadly, this is a genetic problem, as my Dad also suffers from them a lot.
    And it's not just little ones. They're actually very big, white and painful.
    To a point that they get so bad sometimes I can't eat.
    Fortunately, I've been free of them for a couple of months this year.
    Now I have them again, and I have three on the bottom of my mouth.
    I'm sorry if this is all gross, but I have really tried everything with these buggers.
    I've even had products shipped over from America from a company specialising in canker sores.
    I've used Bonjela for years, but now it doesn't seem to be working. I'm also using a sort of anaesthetic mouthwash, and it works for a few minutes but then it goes back to this horrible stingy pain DX
    I clean my teeth thoroughly in the morning and in the evening. I have been aneamic for two years, but it's seem to improved, and being tired often leads to ulcers - so I try to have a reasonable sleeping pattern.
    I usually limit how much sugar I take in, because I know that also causes my ulcers.
    I've tried everything DX And I'm sorry, if you might think I'm whinging so much, but they are so painful and swolen and they often come in more than two.
    Is there a product maybe out there that anyone else has found quite good to use ?
    Or is there some cool at-home remedy you can use on your ulcers ?
    Some information would be absoloutely wonderful. Thankyou :)

    • ANSWER:
      hey i know how you feel and i feel for you as i used to get them real bad to. Bonjela wont work as because youve used it for so long your body is now immune to it, try anbesol which is similar but has some diffrent ingredients, also try cordosol mouth wash as this helped me. get a prescription from your doctor or dentist for tablets called metrinidazole, theyre really strong but honestly they are fab, these are the only tablets that have ever helped me. also rinse your mouth with warm salty water for a few minutes.
      oh and by the way pineapple juice does work i dont know why but ive also used this!! good luck and hope this helps. hope you feel better.

  34. QUESTION:
    What home remedies are there for my son's canker sore? It is in his mouth and he is in pain.?

    • ANSWER:
      Warm, salt water swishes for a few days works very well. Not too much is needed - small cupful, or whatever he can stand.

      Also, cut out acidic foods for at least about a week, such as tomato sauce, pizza, OJ, iced tea (also high in tannic acid and tough on stomachs), oranges,etc..

      And L-lysine can help alot. It's an ammino acid, like a vitamin, sold over the counter. My EENT doctor recommeded it. But am not sure if safe for kids or what dose - ask pharmacist.

  35. QUESTION:
    What home remedies are there for my son's canker sore? It is in his mouth and he is in pain.?

    • ANSWER:
      If hes old enough to take some pain, rub salt in it or rinse with salt water. Repeat the net day and the next it will be at least 90% better

  36. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for canker sores?
    I ended up biting my lip and it has since turned into a big ol canker sore that is very painful..I've been using chloraseptic spray for the pain but I want it to go away...any ideas would be helpful...thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      put some household table salt in a glass of warm water and swish it around your mouth. it will hurt like hell but trust me it makes things so much better faster. also try some abreva after you swish with the salt and water. hope this helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for canker sores?
    I'm in soooo much pain. I've had canker sores before but never one like this. I feel like someone stabbed me in the mouth, because it lines up where my teeth close. It hurrrrts, what can I do to make this pain stop until it heals owwww

    • ANSWER:
      Canker sores will get better on their own without any treatment. But there are things you can do to help it along and to feel better. Orajel and Anbesol, both of which you can get without a prescription, will numb the sore and make it less painful. There are also prescription medications you can get that will help. There are several mouthwashes that can help – look for one without alcohol. Even if you don’t have any of those treatments, you can rinse your mouth with warm salted water several times a day. It is gross, but it will help.

      These sites give the details about canker sores and how to treat them.

      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/mouth/canker.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Canker-Sores-or-Mouth-Ulcers
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview

  38. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for canker sores?
    I'm in soooo much pain. I've had canker sores before but never one like this. I feel like someone stabbed me in the mouth, because it lines up where my teeth close. It hurrrrts, what can I do to make this pain stop until it heals owwww
    :O Sorry for repeating the question so much, I didn't even do that, apparently Yahoo! Answers broke because of lag...

    • ANSWER:
      This may sound worse but I swear it helps, you have to open it up. If it is within biting range bite a hole right in the middle of it, it will bring tears to your eyes but I promise the outcome is worth it.

  39. QUESTION:
    Tonsil Canker Sore + Sharp Ear Pain?
    *** This could get long, but please read on and help as much as you can, thanks ***

    Alright so I woke up about 3 days ago with a sore throat but only on the right part of my tonsils. Then later that day I found out (by feeling it) that it's a canker sore on my right tonsil, but deep in there (and I've never gotten them there ever before). Still later that day I started getting sharp ear pains whenever I swallow ON TOP of the throat pain. And I know that the throat and ears are very much connected since I can trace the area of pain with my finger on my neck from the canker sore itself all the way to the hole of my ear.

    I've read a lot of sites and pretty much all of them suggest to tough it out anywhere from 3 days to a couple weeks and do the best I can to numb the pain and speed the healing process. A couple sites suggested taking ibuprofen, but a couple sites say that ibuprofen was linked to canker sore causes, so now I'm confused. We have aspirin, but I'm a big guy (weight-wise) with somewhat of a high tolerance to drugs, and the aspirins we have are all low dose. ALTHOUGH, before I ever knew that ibuprofen could cause canker sores, I took about 400mg of it and fortunately, the ear pain would "lessen" in about 45 minutes and last about 4-5 hours. But should I continue using ibuprofen despite claims that it causes canker sores?

    It really sucks because the pain is keeping me from working out, eating properly, and sleep. When I thought about it, I came up with a ton of reasons as to why it started.

    -Stress and fatigue (Insanity workouts while I'm still overweight)

    -Ibuprofen (I had been taking ibuprofen almost everyday for the past week and a half)

    -Toothpaste (just found out that my toothpaste contained Sodium lauryl sulfate, which also causes cankers)

    -Weather (it was really windy that night when my throat started to hurt and my window was slightly opened, I may have caught some bacteria from the wind? Although I've read that tonsil cankers are not viral or bacterial, so not sure)

    -Just pure bad luck (maybe my tonsils got messed up from whatever I ate recently, or something whatever happened and caused a rupture, etc.)

    I'm continuing to perform home remedies though, in the hopes of speeding up the healing process. Like gargling baking soda or salt with warm water, gargling hydrogen peroxide, and applying baking soda paste (but since it's on my tonsil, it's hard to apply anything because that area is always wet and slippery).

    Final Questions:
    Which pain medication should I take for best results? Aspirin? Ibuprofen? Anything else?

    Any other effective home remedies to sooth it? Keep in mind that my canker sore is deep into my right tonsil so I'm gonna need to reach in there to touch it, etc.

    When should I go see a doctor? (Sad to say but no insurance at the moment, so this area could get flaky)

    THANK YOU!!

    • ANSWER:
      I didn't read the whole thing but you need and inflammatory drug. There are some relatively week ones that are ok to but in your mouth. I forget the name of it. By canker sore mouth wash and there should be an add for the medication.

      Some (many doctors) don't understand canker sores and do a mouth herpes test first. It's no use arguing with these doctors. Let them be sure. Then they will give you an approved cortisone ointment. (Bout - 5 out-of-pocket)

      I take up to 8 ibuprofen at once to get rid of the pain for an hour or two, but only do that say 2-3 times a day (it is a strong Rx dose). I also used hydro cortisone and my doctor freaked out because of the possible side effects but, as he admitted it would, it worked in 2-3 days.

      Try to make an appointment. A hospital referral line will recommend who is taking patients so it shouldn't be a long wait.

      Don't trust a Dr who immediately give you an antiviral - they don't understand and it won't do a thing.

      Go ASAP because they usually start to spread - in is an immune defense gone wrong.

      Good luck I know they are SUPER painful.