Canker sores are small, shallow ulcers that appear in the mouth and often make eating and talking uncomfortable.
There are two types of canker sores:
- Simple canker sores. These may appear three or four times a year and last up to a week. They typically occur in people ages 10 to 20.
- Complex canker sores. These ones are less common and occur more often in people who have previously had them.
The exact cause of most canker sores is unknown. Simple canker sores can appear because of stress, citrus fruits or acid fruits and vegetables. Some cases of complex canker sores are caused by an underlying health condition, such as impaired immune system, nutritional problems, such as vitamin B-12, zinc, folic acid or iron deficiency.
You may have a canker sore if you have:
- A painful sore or sores inside your mouth — on the tongue, on the soft palate (the back portion of the roof of your mouth), or inside your cheeks
- A tingling or burning sensation before the sores appear
- Sores in your mouth that are round, white or gray, with a red edge or border
In severe canker sore attacks, you may also experience:
- Physical sluggishness
- Swollen lymph nodes
There are some natural ingredients which you use to treat those problems.
1. Coconut Oil
Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and also incredibly tasty, coconut oil is almost fail-safe, when it comes to getting rid of canker sores.
Using clean hands or a cotton ball, dab a liberal amount of coconut oil onto the sore. Try to get a somewhat thick layer or clump on there, coconut oil melts rapidly and a thin layer just seems to slide right off. If you feel like you really can’t get it to stick, melt 1 tablespoon down with ½ teaspoon or so of beeswax to thicken it.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda is an alkaline and will neutralize acids that irritate the canker sore. It also helps kill bacteria to help your sore heel quickly.
Rinse your mouth with a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 cup of warm water.
3. Warm salt water
When the salt content around cells is greater on the outside, than the inside osmosis takes place, with water being drawn from in the cells to help balance out the concentration. When water is drawn out, the painful puffiness that excess fluid can cause is diminished. This is also why salt water gargles help with a sore throat-reducing the painful swelling of the cells in the mucous membrane at the back of the throat. The warm water also produces a general sense of soothing relief, while the salt may help keep the area clean.
Stir the salt into the warm water and swish it around in your mouth 3 times daily until the canker sore is gone.
4. Tea Bags
Tea is an alkaline, so it will neutralize acids that irritate the sore; tea also contains compounds that may help relieve pain. Apply a damp tea bag to the canker sore for five minutes to feel some relief.
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