Canker Sore Relief Home Remedies. Try this tried and true Alum canker sore calming method. It will provide instant relief so you can enjoy food again.
Oh boy, did we get hit with a nasty cold over Christmas break? I say we because I caught it along with the kids. We all coughed until our stomach muscles ached, and I lost my voice for about a week. To add to my misery, I received a whopper of a canker sore, right in the front of my mouth. Ugh! Every time I went to take a sip of tea to help my throat, my canker sore would revolt, and I would wince in pain. After days of telling everyone how bad it hurt, and not really seeing much sympathy around here for little ole’ me…I took out my phone and began research on canker sore cures. I really think I found a good home remedy. This is what I found, and what I believe really helped heal my sore.
What is a Canker Sore?
It’s really an ulcer in your mouth. They can come around once in a blue moon, or they might be recurring. You can get them on your gums, your tongue, and inside your cheek
Why Do We Get Canker Sores?
- genetics – sometimes people are prone to canker soars because they are hereditary – thanks mom and dad
- stress – um – having kids can certainly cause stress
- a sore or wound in your mouth from biting your gums leaving bacteria to set in
- lesions from braces – poor kids. This is the worst
- a lack of vitamins and minerals
- dry air in the house (this is more common with winter canker sores because the mouth dries out and the benefits of saliva which clean the mouth all day long are lost)
Why Alum Powder Works to Heal Canker Sores:
- Alum (Aluminum Potassium Sulfate) is a pickling spice that also acts as an astringent. Just like it would be used to pickle something, it shrinks and dries what it comes into contact with. It is an anti-inflammatory and reduces inflammation and pain by somewhat numbing the area
How Do You Use Alum to Heal a Canker Sore?
- The method is to place a small amount directly on the sore. To do this I like to wet the end of a Q-Tip and dip it into the Alum. Then, I use that to apply directly to my sore.
- Wait – Try not to close your mouth. You might even want to hold your cheek open or if it’s on your tongue – hold that out. Count for 60 seconds while it works (it will be slightly painful with a burning sensation) and then spit it out
- Do not rinse, but spit as much as you can out of your mouth
- Repeat this a few times a day and right before you go to bed. Hopefully this will accelerate the healing process and you’ll get relief
Warning of swallowing large amounts of Alum – A large amount of Alum that is swallowed will cause stomach pain. It is important that you only apply enough to cover your canker sore. This will mean that once you spit it out, only trace amounts will be left and that should be such a small amount that it will pass by undigested
My own experience using Alum:
I put Alum on my canker sore, dealt with the stinging, and spit as much as I could out. It tastes awful and leaves a pasty feel in your mouth. Again, feeling hopeful, I went to bed. The canker sore was not gone the next morning, like some of the testimonials said. But, it had gone down a lot. So, I applied it a couple of times that day, and once more that night. The next morning, it was gone. It Vanished. Hallelujah!
But, don’t just take my word for it…
Here are a couple of links with more remedies for Canker Sores, including Alum. I am really interested in the “Coconut Oil” remedy. I think my kids would be a little more willing to try that over the disgusting taste of Alum
Other Home Remedies for Canker Sores:
Baking Soda Canker Sore Remedy
Make a paste from baking soda and water. Dab it directly onto the sore, leave for 6o seconds, and then spit it out.
My personal experience with baking soda and canker sores.
There is a little pain with this, too. It stings. Feeling hopeful, I went to bed. The pain on my sore was a little bit duller than the night before. The sore was a lot easier to live with. It did not, however, have a long-lasting effect. The pain started to come back that afternoon.
Milk of Magnesia for Canker Sores
Milk of Magnesia used orally, apparently changes the PH level of your mouth and the canker sore will not survive. Simply swish it around so it coats the canker sore and spit it out.
If you are in pain, from an angry canker sore, I hope this helps. With any luck, you’ll have a new home remedy.
~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com