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Home Remedies for Canker Sores
- There are a number of canker sore home remedies that you can try in order to get some relief from the pain that is often brought on when they develop. Perhaps the most basic remedy does not involve taking any type of medication, nor does it involve applying some type of ointment. Instead, the most simplistic canker sore remedy is a change in your dieting habits. You can reduce the risk of experiencing canker sores if you simply eliminate highly acidic foods from your diet or at least reduce the level of intake of them. Consuming a lot of acidic foods such as tomatoes, oranges, pineapples, or others can increase the risk of developing canker sores.
- Canker sores may be due to a deficiency of vitamin B12, folic acid, zinc, the amino acid lysine, or iron, so these nutrients may need to be supplemented aggressively. The following supplements are recommended for people with canker sores:
- Vitamin B12. Take 1,000 micrograms daily. Also take a vitamin-B complex with 100 milligrams of most of the major B vitamins three times a day, with meals.
- If you’re looking for a canker sore home remedy, then there are a number of things that you can try. One home remedy that is often times very effective in fighting off canker sores is milk of magnesia. Milk of magnesia contains high amounts of magnesium hydroxide and can be used to reduce the symptoms caused by canker sores. Dip a cotton swab or cue tip into milk of magnesia and dab it onto the sore at least three or four times a day. Doing so will help speed up healing time and also help eliminate some of the painful symptoms that are experienced.
- Vitamin C with bioflavonoids. Take 1,000 milligrams three times a day, with meals.
- Zinc. Take 50 to 100 milligrams a day.
- Iron. Take 15 milligrams a day.
- Folic acid. Take 400 milligrams twice a day.
- L-Lysine. Take 4 grams (4,000 milligrams) daily for the first four days, then cut back to 500 milligrams three times a day. Take this supplement on an empty stomach.
- Supplementation with acidophilus powder or capsules to restore the healthy balance of bacteria in the mucous membranes of the mouth is often helpful.
- Applying the oil from one vitamin-E capsule directly to the sores helps to clear the lesions more quickly.
- Aloe vera juice, available by the gallon, swished around in your mouth three times a day like a mouthwash, often yields good results. Aloe contains salicylates, which are antiinflammatory and relieve pain, and it also has mild antibacterial properties.
- Chlorophyll is a blood detoxifier. Chlorophyll tablets are sometimes chewed for the treatment of canker sores.
- A soothing antiseptic mouth rinse can be made of 1/2 teaspoon of goldenseal powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt dissolved in 1 cup of warm water. Use this as a mouth rinse four times a day. Goldenseal helps reduce inflammation of mucous membranes, and has also been shown to have antibacterial properties.
- Another canker sore home remedy that you can use to help ease the pain caused by canker sores is the application of hydrogen peroxide. You can mix a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water, typically a one to one solution, and dab the solution directly onto canker sores. Be sure not to swallow the solution as this could cause other health issues. The hydrogen peroxide solution will help fight off the growth of additional bacteria and prevent further inflammation of the canker sores