And if you're someone who suffers from canker sores, you aren't alone. According to Canker Clear, "At least 20 percent of the population have canker sores at any one time."
But, just like many other health conditions, canker sores are terribly frustrating, simply because they seem to be completely out of our control.
Yet, when I saw this special list of home remedies for fighting canker sores, I realized that maybe I have a lot more control over them than I originally thought.
Actually, there are quite a few different ways to battle these painful mouth sores.
Part of fighting these sores is knowing exactly what may be causing them in the first place. But there are some simple and effective things that you can do to fight canker sores once you've already got them, too. I'll definitely be trying these out!
Take a look at the information below to see how to rid yourself of these painful canker sores once and for all. I'm so happy to know all of this now!
What are these Canker Sores?
Web MD says, "Canker sores are small, shallow ulcers that appear in the mouth and often make eating and talking uncomfortable."
However these painful sores don't have to destroy your day or your week.
Take a look at the list below to find out what could be causing your canker sores and how you can fight them right at home!
What Could Be Causing Your Canker Sores
Cause #1: Citrus Fruits
As someone who suffers with canker sores, you've probably noticed that fruits and foods that are highly acidic can cause them to burn worse.
WebMD says, "Certain foods- including citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables (such as lemons, oranges, pineapples, figs, tomatoes, and strawberries) - can trigger a canker sore or make the problem worse."
If you suffer from canker sores frequently, cutting back on these foods can make a huge difference.
Cause #2: Stress
High levels of stress can often be the culprit of canker sores too.
According to eMedicine.com, "A number of factors have been suggested to precipitate outbreaks in susceptible individuals," including "anxiety or stress."
If life at home or work seems particularly stressful, you might find an increase in frequency of these painful mouth ulcers.
Cause #3: Biting Your Lip
Everyone knows just how painful it is to bite our lip or cheek. But this injury could also cause a canker sore.
According to the Mayo Clinic, "Possible triggers for canker sores include a minor injury to your mouth from dental work, overzealous brushing, sports mishaps, or an accidental cheek bite."
Although no one ever really wants to bite their cheek, extra care should be taken when eating so as to avoid these mouth traumas when possible.
Cause #4: Spicy Foods
Lots of people love adding hot sauce or hot peppers to their food to add a little extra kick.
However, Medicine Net says, "spicy foods" can certainly be one of the causes of frequent canker sores.
If you're susceptible to these painful sores, you should try to avoid putting too much spice in your food. As with most other things, moderation is the key.
Cause #5: Smoking
There are countless reasons for a person to quit smoking. But, if you're trying to quit right now, you might find an increase in canker sores.
According to Frey Smiles, "Some patients have also reported the onset of oral ulcers after they stop smoking."
This certainly shouldn't discourage you from quitting. But it could explain the sudden appearance of canker sores.
For ways to rid yourself of these painful canker sores, keep scrolling below.
Ways to Fight Canker Sores
Remedy #1: Place a Tea Bag On It
To help you get rid of a canker sore quickly, simply soak a chamomile tea bag in some water and place it right on the sore for five to ten minutes.
According to Everyday Roots, the chemicals in chamomile have "been shown to reduce inflammation and also have antiseptic properties. Both of these properties will help reduce the pain of canker sores and potentially help speed the healing process."
Remedy #2: Apply Some Honey
Putting raw honey right on your canker sore can do wonders to help sooth the pain and coat the sore.
According to Everyday Roots, "With its antibacterial, and potentially anti-inflammatory properties, raw organic honey makes a wonderfully soothing coating for a painful canker sore."
Remedy #3: Use A Saltwater Mouthwash
Saltwater is a wonderful way to help canker sores heal faster and clear up.
According to Empowher.com, "Mix 1 tsp. of salt into 1 cup of warm water (1/2 tsp. of baking soda may also be added). Swish for 30 seconds, then spit."
Remedy #4: Slice Open Some Aloe
If you've got an aloe plant at home, cut it open. Then, simply mix the aloe with some water and swish it around in your mouth.
According to Everyday Roots, "The gel from this magnificent plant wields mighty powers when it comes to soothing not just sunburn, but canker sores as well. Make sure you use natural gel - not the green kind."
Remedy #5: Switch To A New Toothpaste
It might sound odd, but there are certain ingredients in your toothpaste that could be causing you to get canker sores. It could be that it's time to switch to a new toothpaste.
Dr. Andrew Weil writes, "Switch to a toothpaste that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a foaming agent that may contribute to recurrences."
Remedy #6: Rinse Your Mouth With Benadryl
Mixing Benadryl with milk of magnesia is a wonderful way to battle canker sores.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, "Rinse your mouth with a mixture of half Milk of Magnesia and half Benadryl liquid allergy medicine. Swish [the] mixture in the mouth for about one minute, then spit [it] out."
Remedy #7: Chew a Rolaid
Chewing up a Rolaid, Tums, or Pepto-Bismol- or just placing it directly on the canker sore- can do wonders.
According to Reader's Digest, "The pain you feel from a canker sore is caused by acids and digestive enzymes eating into the tissue in the sore. The tablets will neutralize the acids and may also speed healing."
Remedy #8: Eating Yogurt
Some yogurts contain cultures that are fantastic canker sore fighters.
According to Reader's Digest, "Eat yogurt that contains live acidophilus cultures (check the label). Have a few teaspoonfuls daily for prevention- more when you're having a breakout."
So, there you have it, canker sore pain does NOT have to ruin your day or your week. Quitting canker-causing habits and trying out these home remedies can make a world of difference.
Do you think you'd try any of these canker-fighting tips at home? Do you know of any other tips or tricks that fight canker sores? Let us know in the comments.
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