DIY Canker Sore Treatment
When a sore develops on the inside of your mouth the first thing you think of is having an ulcer. They are also known as canker sores and they thrive on the soft tissues inside your mouth. You may notice that they tend to develop close to your gums at the base and are extremely painful. The canker sore is not contagious but it can disrupt your life. Because of the amount of pain that they cause it can be difficult to eat and to drink.
The Signs and Symptoms of a Canker Sore
One of the first signs of a canker sore is generally a light burning feeling on the inside of your mouth or perhaps a tingling. This will usually happen within one to two days before the sore actually appears.
Although they generally show up at the base of your gum, you may also discover them under your tongue or even on the inside your lip or your cheek. Depending upon the severity of the canker sore, it is possible that you could experience other symptoms as well. These include a fever, possibly swollen lymph nodes and even listlessness.
There are different types of canker sores which are classified by their size and time to heal.
• Minor – oval shaped, less than ½ in. in diameter, heals in one to two weeks.
• Major – exceed ½ in., can leave scarring and take weeks (up to 6) to heal, the edges are irregular.
• Herpetiform – Up to 1/8 in diameter, irregular edges, heals in 1 to 2 weeks, forms in clusters ranging from 10 up to 100.
If you get canker sores on a regular basis, you may want to seek the advice of your physician. But, they are very common when you are young and become less frequent as you get older.
The Causes of Canker Sores
There is no known definitive cause for canker sores. However, there are many things that seem to contribute to the inflammation. These include allergies to food, acidic foods, recent dental surgery (such as braces), a poor immune system, AIDS, emotional stress and even occur during menstruation.
It is also important to be careful of the type of toothpaste that you are using as well as the mouth wash. If the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate is present, it could very well be contributing to your canker sore dilemma.
Canker Sore Treatment Home Remedies
While there is no cure for the canker sore, there are several things that you can do at home in order to find relief from the pain.
1. Salt Water Mix. One simple method is to use a mixture of ½ tsp salt and 8 oz. of water. Simply rinse your mouth with the solution and spit.
2. Anti-inflammatory Mix. You can also try mixing a couple tbs of Maalox with ½ tsp of Benadryl. Again you will rinse your mouth and spit. Do not swallow this.
3. Aloe and Baking Powder. Aloe juice is also good to rinse with several times a day and use a baking powder paste to cover the sore.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide. Rinse your mouth with a few tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, be sure to swish around the area, and then spit out.
5. Tea Rinse. Try making a warm cup of tea (chamomile is good) and drink the tea or just swirl and swish it around your mouth and gums. Herbal tea has some real anti-inflammatory properties.
A few of these tips may help to relieve some of the pain until the canker sore is gone. Again, try to avoid acidic foods, get enough sleep and keep the stress level down.