Discover how to get rid of canker sores.
Canker sores in the mouth are a mild but common problem. Surely you have already had them in your life, and you will have noticed that they often disappear on their own within a few days.
However, you can facilitate the healing of a canker sore with a natural treatment that often boils down to a few simple gestures. Here are some tips, given by the Qare medical team, to help you get rid of your canker sores more quickly.
A canker sore is small ulceration, often painful, found in the mouth. There is no radical treatment to treat a mouth ulcer since it disappears after a few days.
Whether your canker sore is located on the gums, in the throat, on the palate, or the tongue, you can reduce the discomfort and promote the healing of your canker sore with an effective treatment such as:
• a local anesthetic treatment that relieves the pain associated with the mouth ulcer. These are most often gingival creams or gels;
• you will also find tablets or lozenges to suck ;
• finally, antiseptic mouthwash remains the treatment of choice in case of mouth ulcers.
Good to know: a canker sore is not contagious, but it can be confused with oral herpes. However, this oral infection rather develops around the mouth and not inside.
Some natural products are also known for their anesthetic property to soothe the pain. If you prefer to treat yourself naturally, you can make your home treatment for canker sores.
• Honey is a grandmother’s remedy known to cure canker sores. Antiseptic allows for reducing discomfort.
• The use of baking soda in mouthwash is also recommended in the treatment of canker sores.
• Clove essential oil is a treatment that provides quick but fairly short-lived relief for canker sores.
If your canker sore is painful, these treatments are quick enough to relieve your pain. However, avoid the use of grandmother’s remedies in your child if he has canker sores and prefers to consult a pediatrician to receive medical advice and appropriate treatment.
Good to know: lemon is not very useful in the treatment of a canker sore. So, there is no need to bite a lemon to heal yourself, it would rather increase your discomfort.
Some canker sores are caused by poor oral hygiene. The first treatment to avoid canker sores is to maintain oral hygiene by regularly performing mouthwashes. Also, don’t miss your dentist appointment!
Warning: if you have several canker sores close to each other, they can form a giant canker sore, which is much more difficult to heal. The treatment of this type of canker sore may require medical consultation so that a doctor can help you relieve your symptoms.
In some cases, other factors may also be the cause (fatigue, stress, medical causes, etc.). Canker sores can also be favored by chemo treatments, we speak of mucositis, especially at the beginning, but tend to disappear naturally quite quickly.
Good to know: canker sores that are prolonged, extensive (more than 1 cm), or numerous (greater than 10) can be the sign of another pathology such as cancer, or a rheumatological disease, but this remains exceptional.
In this case, they are often accompanied by other symptoms. It is best to consult to receive the appropriate treatment to treat your mouth ulcer.
Preventive treatment for canker sores also involves diet. Certain foods, or eating hot or spicy, can promote mouth ulcers. If you often have canker sores, you can avoid having to treat them by avoiding certain foods:
• dried fruits ;
• nuts ;
• alcohol ;
• tobacco ;
• chocolate ;
• certain fruits such as strawberries, pineapples, and tomatoes ;
• certain hard cheeses such as Gruyère, Emmental, Comté, Cantal, etc.
Good to know: sometimes canker sores are also a sign of a deficiency in vitamins B12, zinc, iron, and folic acid.
Canker sores can sometimes form on the genitals. These genital ulcers often heal spontaneously, but in case of fatigue, diarrhea, or fever, a medical consultation is necessary because they can be a sign of other illnesses.