Most canker sores usually come during summer and they are very small at first but the discomfort they could cause can be quite painful to anyone. Some people suffer from canker sores only a few times a year, while others may have canker sores more that could last for few days up to a weeks.

The causes can be difficult to identify but there are some specific treatments that can help prevent them or minimize the pain that they could give to the person. If you have it, try some of the following things below:



things you'll need:

  • Vitamins or nutritional supplements
  • Mouthwash
  • Benzocaine ointment
  • Salt and water
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      Try to take vitamins or nutritional supplements to see if this help solve the problem in reducing the frequency of these sores. Some people believe that the cause of it is the lack of nutrients that the body needs.

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      Read the toothpaste labels that you want to use. Avoid one with sodium laurel sulfate as an ingredient that can be found in toothpastes which can make them worse.

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      Use an over-the-counter ointment that contains benzocaine, which will numb the affected area. You can try Zilactin-B which can provide pain relief as well as coat the affected area and protect it from being further irritated. You can also use Abreva cream on your outer lips especially on the first signs of it so that it will not successfully come out. Some say that this cream if effective when you can use it early if you can feel a little bit of heat and pain.

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      Ask your doctor so that he can prescribe an analgesic that contains 2 percent lidocaine for effective treatment. Try to ask your doctor about using a prescription mouthwash which will help fight bacterial infections from forming.

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      Take note what is really causing these sores. It might be difficult to know the exact reason but you might be able to narrow in on some likely causes if you start figuring them out. It could be food allergies or nutritional deficiencies that were causing them back again. Include stress and menstrual cycles because these might also be the reasons why you are having them.

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      Try combining one teaspoon of salt in a cup of cold water and swish this mixture around in your mouth to clean the canker sore and provide some relief.

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      Avoid eating salty and spicy foods that will irritate the affected area.

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      Try to take a bath preferably early in the morning and again in the afternoon because this might lessen the recurrence of your canker sores.

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      Too much stress might be the main cause that is why you need to relax from time to time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Canker sores are not contagious, so you do not need to worry about spreading them to your family, friends or other people.

  • Do not delay in seeking medical attention if you have them since they will lasts for more than two weeks especially if it's accompanied by other symptoms.

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