Canker sores are not only ugly, but they are also extremely painful. Many people confuse canker sores and cold sores. Cold sores are viruses and appear outside, while the exact cause of most cancer sores is still unknown.
There are several factors that can cause cancer sores including stress, damage to the mouth, citrus and acid, certain diseases, hormone changes and nutritional diseases.
Since a myriad of things can cause canker sores, having just as many ways to treat them is nice. Reader’s Digest shared an article about great ways to treat canker sores made from things generally handy at home. Aloe vera can be used to coat the sore and keep it protected. Since acid can be a cause, chewing an antacid and swishing it over the sore can help neutralize the sore. Sucking on a wet tea bag can also help neutralize the acid.
If the pain is too much of a nuisance, using Chloraseptic can help numb the annoyance. To keep the sore from getting infected from bacteria in the mouth, swish a mixture of water, hydrogen peroxide, salt and baking soda around inside. Eating yogurt daily also seems to help.
Once a sore has appeared, taking 200 milligrams of echinacea two to three times a day may help. And 1000 milligrams of vitamin C three times a day will often cut the life of the sore short.
Although people may not be able to control when a canker sore will appear, they can have a say in how they treat it. Hopefully these handy tips will cut the life of the sore short and allow the sufferer to quickly return to normal life.