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  • There really isn't a good "natural" way to get RID of canker sores. There are natural ways to help soothe them though. The first thing to remember (which shouldn't come as a surprise) is to eat foods and drink liquids with as low of an acid content as possible. Acid will only irritate the sores and make them feel worse. Secondly, and only try this if you have a strong stomach, is to take a bit of clove oil, preferably on a Q-Tip, and rub that on the sores. That will completely eliminate the pain for a few hours. I say "a strong stomach" because the flavor is extremely strong and well, yucky. On a side note, a not so natural treatment that is great for treating canker sores, and just about anything else that is inside your mouth (such as if you bite your tongue, or if you get a piercing, etc) is a liquid called Gly-Oxide. It comes in a little white bottle and is sold in the drugs/pharmacy section of most stores, including Wal-Mart. It also kills all the germs in your mouth, disinfects, and soothes. It has a very mild agreeable flavor and works like gold!
  • It's true that the only way to "get rid of" them is to wait them out. After years of dealing with them, though, I've found at least one good - though completely counterintuitive - way to temporarily soothe mine. If you pour salt (yes, I know it sounds ouch) on the canker sore and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off, the water will travel osmotically towards the salt from the cells in the sore. I find that this sapping of water tends to provide at least temporary pain relief and numbing of the area, although the salt does hurt a bit while it's there.
  • Rinsing with undiluted hydrogen peroxide a couple of times a day. Tastes yucky....but it definately works.
  • There is a natural treatment: open a capsule of acidophilus and stir into milk or chocolate milk or even water. Swish or hold the drink in your mouth as you drink it. You can buy milk with the acidophilus included and any fresh yogurt that lists "with active cultures" on the ingredients, also includes acidophilus. Eating or drinking products with acidophilus will greatly help and may even prevent canker sores from forming. If you do get a canker sore, dilute 100% pure, natural clove oil with equal parts of olive oil or any other vegetable oil. Dab on the canker sores. It stings for a moment and then numbs the pain and the clove oil also kills the bacteria that causes the cancer sore. I wish you well!
  • It may sound weird, but if you swish mouth wash around until you can't hold it any longer, then spit it out, and rinse with hot water, it gets rid of them. Not instantly, but within a day or two.
  • My grandmother always told me to use baking soda. Mix one tablespoon into a glass of water and use as mouthwash after meals. You can also use it as a paste (just mix a tiny bit with a couple of drops of water in a spoon) and apply directly to the sore. It's supposed to remove the canker within three days!
  • read where putting wine to the sore and rinsing with wine helps...also put ice to it directly and that supposedly helps and best of all is lemon balm. don't have the problem with canker and cold sores but I understand this is good and keep the vit c high and that reduces the actual virus activity...
  • The book "Body Reflexology" recommends Blackstrap Molasses for any type of mouth sore...and it works! Stings a bit, but put some directly on the sore for a minute or so and then rinse. It's not instantaneous, but the healing is much quicker.
  • use liquorice - not the sweet but the twig type. chew it.
  • Really the only way to "get rid of them" is to wait them out..but i've found that Gly-Oxide helps it heal faster. you can get it at any pharmacy/drug store. it's in a little blue box. my pharmacist recommended it to me, and it doesn't really taste all bad, either. and yes, the salt thing works too. hurts like heck when you put it on, but if you can bear that, you should be fine for a while.
  • I have been plagued with canker sores for many years. Since I have given up eating tomatoes,(which is probably the most acidic think you can eat) they seem to be less frequent. I do however use this solution: 1oz of warm water, 1oz of hydrogen proxide, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Mix it together and rinse for 30 seconds or so. Also try teaspoon of Milk of Magnesia and swish for minute or two. Hope this has been helpful.
  • Rinsing/gargling with salt water, a few times a day, will speed healing. You can purchase "Watermelon Frost" from any Chinese pharmacy, this will cut healing time from the normal 10 days to between 3 - 5 days.
  • If you're a female, you may get the canker sores as a result of hormonal changes during "that time of the month". But the reason probably doesn't matter... I've always been told to swish with warm salt water a few times a day to get rid of canker sores, and it seems to work.
  • I had a chronic problem with painful canker sores for years. I seemed to have them all the time. For years I searched for a solution. My doctor could not help. Once you have them, I do not believe anything helps get rid of them. I used to think very high doses of Lysine possibly helped them clear up a little faster, but was never sure. If it made a difference it was insignificant. It still took days of unrelenting pain. By very high doses I mean over 1800mg daily for a few days. The only remedy for me was finding the thing that ignited them and that was very difficult. I had been drinking Orange Spice tea regularly. When I stopped drinking it the canker sores stopped. I finally discovered that if I stayed away from Vitamin C supplements, citrus fruits of all kinds - limes, oranges, grapefruits (I love all of these), many flavored teas, hard candies flavored with citrus - I don't get them. I can take a regular vitamin supplement but not Vitamin C tablets. The only thing that helps me with the pain when I do get them is Orabase. I have to be particularly careful in Thai and Mexican restaurants because they use a lot of lime. Its a real bummer, but the canker sores are a worse bummer so I avoid lime. Margaritas are a no-no unless I want to pay the price. Since I have discovered the citrus link, I have managed to stay canker free as long as I resist the foods that contain any kind of citrus.
  • Instead of salt try meat tenderizer in a VERY porous tissue. This has the same effect and works well for external insect stings as well.
  • I've suffered with them since I was a kid and not having received much sympathy from doctors or dentist the following site has been about the most useful resource I've seen: www.mouthulcers.org Its basically a forum for sufferers to share the remedies that have worked for them- many of which are natural, homemade remedies. If nothing else it really helps to know that plenty of other people are in the same boat (If you don't suffer regularly you have no idea how irritating it is to be told by Doctors that its either "Just one of those things"- or caused by "stress" I had my first dose at six years old- how can you be stressed when you're six?!) Never ever use bonjela or similar gels, whatever anybody says, more often than not you'll make the problem worse - or so says the common experience of most sufferers I know. If you must take an over-the-counter treatment the more expensive powder and spray formulas often work better than the gels, although technically you could be sensitive to any number of the ingredients, and many people find that these formulas actually make things worse. The main things that I find work are: - Don't eat citrus or drink citrus juices, it does something to the acid balance in your mouth. Wine doesn't help either - but quality neat whisky does seem to to speed the healing a bit, or at least soothe the pain (or maybe you just forget about it...!). According to the site above, different foods can aggravate or even spark off attacks in different people- it can be a good idea to keep a food diary when you're suffering to try and work out what your personal "bad foods" are. Unfortunately the most common seem to be citrus, spicy foods, chocolate, tomatoes, potato chips/ crisps, rich foods, caffeine, cheese, wheat products and alcohol- so essentially anything that makes food taste nice then! - Take L-Lysine. About 500mgs a day as a preventative, and around 1000-1500mgs when you're suffering. This is really important if you're vegan apparently! I don't know what it does, but it damn well works. - Use baking soda toothpaste to try and neutralise the acid in your mouth and speed healing (I think it actually soothes the pain too) You can also dissolve a tablespoon of the stuff in a cup of water and use as a mouthwash, which works, but tastes revolting. There are special toothpastes for canker sore sufferers available but they're often extortionately expensive. Just get used to reading ingredients lists: Baking Soda = Good, Sodium Laureth Sulphate = Bad. You can also use tea tree essential oil in a mouth wash, but be careful not to swallow it or you'll likely be sick- just add four-to five drops to a small cup of cold water and swish around your mouth. It speeds healing and also helps with pain. You can also buy ready-made tea-tree mouthwashes in health shops and certain chemists. - Dispersible aspirin. Not strictly natural but the only thing that really kills the pain. Swish it round your mouth before swallowing. - Ice cubes. Numbs the pain in between aspirin! Obviously these are personal remedies that may not work for everyone- but I do think L-Lysine in particular is definetely worth a try. According to macrobiotic food theory mouth ulcers can be caused by excessive "heat" , and can be solved by "cooling your system" by eating "cold" foods such as watermelons, plain overcooked rice and cucumber. This sounds suspiciously like junk science to me, but if you're in agony, you may well feel like anything is worth a try, and its unlikely to do you much harm as these foods are generally pretty good for you anyway. There also seems to be a link with smoking- i.e. when you smoke you don't get them. (Possibly a nicotine link). So it does have some benefits after all. I'm not suggesting you start smoking- the costs outweigh the benefits, believe me, but some people I know have had varying degrees of success through chewing nicotine gum . From experience also be careful with the following: - Keep track of the painkillers you take. Its highly embarrasing attempting to explain to a nurse in the Accident & Emergency ward that you aren't suicidal and don't need counselling, you were just in so much pain that you took a few too many aspirin and ended up with a minor overdose. -Eat! Yes, I know, its torture- but its also not good not to eat for three days and collapse as a result of low blood sugar. Time your pain killers so that you take them about ten minutes before each meal. Drink plenty of cold with food and rinse with baking soda or tea tree mouth wash afterwards. Your best bet for non-painful food is cold natural yoghurt or luke-warm soup of lentils, leeks and water (no flavourings- dull I know, but better than being in pain). -Do see your Doctor or Dentist if you're having repeated or lengthy attacks. Yes they will probably display an irritating lack of sympathy, but in a minority of cases it can be an early sign of oral cancer. Best to be on the safe side. I hope some of this helps!
  • I have spent over 2 yrs online researching diff problems and the effects of commercial products vs. natural alternatives, as well as testing most of them myself for effectiveness and potential problems with the natural alternatives. That said, trash any commercial toothpaste or oral hygeine products you have and start using ones that have no sodium lauyl sulfates or any SLS's. You may also find that using a flouride free toothpaste may be of even greater help. This sound insane at first, but do a little searching on these ingredients and they're effects on your health and you'll flip out to think how little consumers REALLY are being told about these things. (oramd.com/hiddendangers.htm) Many people who switched to these natural toothpastes without the above stated ingredients ceased having any mouth ulcers (canker sores) anymore. Also, propolis, honey, and the following essentials oils in a mouthrinse solution: tea tree, clove, myrrh, lavender (there are others-but too many to list all), and of course, hydrogen peroxide diluted a bit with bottled water. (h2o2-4u.com)
  • Since I was a child and my parents started this. I have always found that by putting baking soda on the sore even though it burns, drys out the sore and makes it heal quicker. It has worked for everyone that I have told.
  • I'm no expert, but I do know from experience that melaleuca oil (AKA tea tree oil) helps with sores in the mouth. Most pharmacies carry it. I would buy a small bottle, and once every few hours apply some with a cotton swab to the infected area. Don't forget to apply it before you go to bed.
  • Hope it works, im getting ready to go try it, i have had these canker sores and ulcers on my tounge and on inside of my bottom lip and 4 days nearly. Its getting extremely annoying, and im draning the bottle of oral anesthetic trying to relieve the pain.
  • Hope it works, im getting ready to go try it, i have had these canker sores and ulcers on my tounge and on inside of my bottom lip and 4 days nearly. Its getting extremely annoying, and im draning the bottle of oral anesthetic trying to relieve the pain.
  • Toothpaste! Stop using grocery store toothpaste! Husband has chronic sores, and I found on some sites that the foaming agent in regular toothpaste irritates the skin. I switched him to Jason Brand toothpaste from the healthfood store. The frequency and number of sores was slashed. He's a real skeptic but he's a believer about the toothpaste. I've even been mailing it to him while he's been working overseas. And the salt is a quick pain fixer, after the initial burn.
  • Since canker sores heal by themselves, treatment is not usually necessary. Pain relief remedies, such as topical anesthetics, may be used to reduce the pain of the sores. The use of corticosteroid ointments sometimes speeds healing. Avoidance of spicy or acidic foods can help reduce the pain associated with canker sores. Alternative treatment therapies for canker sores are aimed at healing existing sores and preventing their recurrence. Several herbal remedies, including calendula (Calendula officinalis), myrrh (Commiphora molmol), and goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), may be helpful in the treatment of existing sores. Compresses soaked in teas made from these herbs are applied directly to the sores. The tannic acid in a tea bag can also help dry up the sores when the wet tea bag is used as a compress. Taking dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) tea or capsules may help heal sores and also prevent future outbreaks.
  • I was told once that holding an asperin on the sore would heal it. I tried it. NEVER do that. It will burn a hole in the gum tissue and still not get rid of the sore. Do what perryman suggests
  • dont rilly get em. try lip bulm
  • Since I tend to get 3-5 big ones at once, I found out that there is not much you can do except wait for them to heal. What helps, however is something like CankerAid. The paste covers up and protects the skin while numbing it temporarily too so you can actually eat without irritating (anything acidic is to be avoided, as you might have already noticed) it with food or wanting to scream. Relief, even if temporary helps me when that happens. Of course, if anyone knows of something new that works, I will be thrilled to know it...
  • Not much you can do but ride it out. I usually like to suck on some ice chips which numbs it a little. I used to get them alot but now it's been awhile so knock on wood.
  • This works for alleviating but not getting rid off canker sores and ulcers. Go and buy some cloves. When its painful put one or two in your mouth, bite them to release the compounds inside, then hold them near the sore / ulcer for ten minutes. They contain a compound which acts as a local anaesthetic, numbing the area for a time.
  • I got a perscription for the doctor due to the intense pain i would get due to the location i would constantly get them in, for example back of my neck where my tongue rubs or up on my gum so i couldnt eat. The doctor provided dental paste and immediately they would feel better. They healed fast and as long as the paste was on, i couldnt feel anything.
  • This sounds absolutely crazy but is the most effective cure I've found so far. Wet the tip of your finger, cover it in salt, and hold that salt over the cankersore for 1-2 minutes, or longer if you'd like. Do this a few times a day. It'll burn like crazy at first, but the salt numbs it, and will eventually dry it out so it goes away. The hardest part is talking yourself into doing it haha.
  • try sucking on a tea bag. place the bag against the sore and it will suck out the nastyness inside the sore and help it to heal. chamomile tea bags work best but they also taste worse than regular. DO NOT GET COLD BREW TEA BAGS!!! it is really gross with cold brew... also if that doesnt work, mouthwash will kill the germs and that helps also. I sugest a combination of the 2
  • I found that if you hit your thumb with a hammer, then for about 10 minutes you will not even feel the pain of a cancer sore. Its all about tricking the brain!
  • I haven't read every word that was written above and this is from experience, not medical training. Keeping your mouth clean is essential. Avoid snacking and cleanse your mouth immediately after eating. Mouthwash with alcohol doesn't seem to help and may harm. Salt is good, as mentioned, but i find baking soda more effective. If you brush with it and rinse your mouth thorougly (also floss well to eliminate bacteria food sources), then put a pinch of baking soda right on the sore and let it sit for a minute or so. It may sting a bit, but probably less than salt. Some of the natural mouth and gum rinses from the natural food department can also help. Just avoiding junk food and eating a more wholesome diet can strengthen your immune system. (I'm being serious.) Wathch whom you kiss. Swapping spit also swaps bacteria. Insist on good oral hygiene from anyone who touches your mouth. It's worked for me. I had terrible sores in my young days and haven't had one in many years.
  • My friend gets them all of the time in her mouth and this is what she says. Her home remedy is to apply hydrogen peroxide with a cotton swab/Q-Tip on the canker sore and she says it works.
  • try a bottle capful of hydrogen peroxide, a 10 minute rinse can heal and prevent sores from forming. the bottles label describes h p as an oral debriding agent.
  • Decapitation seems to work...
  • Hydorgen peroxcide is what I normally use. There is also Abreva, or Herpicin http://www.abreva.com/ http://www.herpecinl.com/aboutus.asp
  • There are a number of treatments that reduce the pain and duration of canker sores for individuals whose outbreaks cannot be prevented. These treatments include numbing preparations, such as xylocaine, that are applied on the sores when a patient has only a few, and anti-inflammatory steroid mouthwashes or gels for patients with several sores. Cimetidine (Tagamet) – a medicine prescribed for heartburn and peptic ulcers - is sometimes useful for treating canker sores, although it is not specifically approved for canker sores. Some doctors recommend applying ice to the canker sore, avoiding food that is irritating, and rinsing your mouth with over-the-counter preparations such as diluted hydrogen peroxide or elixir of Benadryl. Some people find relief by rinsing the mouth with a solution of ½ teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water. http://www.animated-teeth.com/canker_sores/t3_canker_sore_remedies.htm http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/treatments/a/Canker.htm http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000998.htm
  • http://dentistry.about.com/od/toothmouthconditions/a/treat_canker.htm Different treatments may work better for some people than others. If you get a canker sore, you might want to try several of these treatments to see which one best relieves your discomfort: * Dilute one part hydrogen peroxide with one part water. Use a Q-tip to dab mixture on the canker sore. Next, dab a little milk of magnesia with a Q-tip onto the sore. Repeat two or three times a day. While this remedy is very soothing, some research suggests that this treatment could possibly speed up the healing process of canker sores.
  • As a long time sufferer from Canker Sores I've tried many products, switched toothpastes, mouthwashes taken supplements such as Lysine you name it I've done it. Been to doctors no help just suggestions. Along comes heartburn and I start taking Prilosec. Wouldn't you know it, they vanished mouth healed and I started eating the foods that gave me them, nothing. As soon as I stopped taking Prilosec due to the cycling of that particular medicine, they came back. Chocolate, nuts, citrus fruits anything with citric acid is my culprit. Stress I'm sure helps it a bit too:)
  • I use tea tree oil also you can take the supplement an herb ( health food stores have it) its call Lisene. That is keep them from coming all the time.
  • Wait Canker sores will normally go away by themselves in 7-10 days. The pain can be minimized through careful diet (eliminate spicy, acidic, or other foods that irritate them) or by the use of over the counter anesthetics. 2. Some Tried and True Folk Remedies * Acidophilus taken in either capsule form or as an ingredient in plain yogurt may stimulate the immune system. Taking 2-4 capsules four times a day with milk has proven to both reduce the pain, and speed up the healing process. * Aloe juice can be used as a mouth rinse several times a day. * 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 afterwards. * Antacid formulas such as Mylanta and Milk of Magnesia have been reported to relieve pain and speed healing. source: http://www.howtogetridofstuff.com/health/how-to-get-rid-of-canker-sores/2/
  • Use Colloidal Silver, I use to suffer weeks with canker sores and with colloidal 12 hours, gone. Further details can be found at http://healthhubhome.blogspot.com/
  • There are a few things you can do with your diet to keep them from reaccuring. Stay away from wheat products, they can bring them on. Make sure you take vitamins everyday and get plenty of rest. Eating yogurt everyday can ward them away. They best thing to use is carmax and if you can find it, abreva. Start using those products when you feel one coming on. I also take a Zinc supplement which boosts your immune system. Hope this helps.
  • Stop having oral sex with strange men in dark alleys
  • I always was told to swish it soak in salt water
  • I know my suggestion is probably crazy, but I use ketchup when I have a canker sore. It stings like crazy for like 20 seconds then hte pain goes away for a while. Helps the healing process too.

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