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Hey everyone! I'm going a little bit crazy here...I got a bad canker sore last week, which was painful enough, but then I tried a home remedy...big mistake! I heard that if you hold an aspirin on the sore until it dissolves, it will help both kill the pain and heal the sore. Well, it helped the pain somewhat, but it also ate away at my gums, so they're pretty much raw at the moment. I think the fault is partly mine - I probably held the aspirin on the sore for too long. I should have read up on it more before I tried it - I found out later that the longest time other people held the aspirin there was about half an hour. Live and learn the hard way, I guess.

So, anyway, because of the sore, I am more or less on a diet that consists of foods that I don't really have to chew - soup, yogurt, rice, etc. - since any movement of my mouth is pretty much excruciating. (I got a new food processor recently - guess I'll be giving it a workout!) As if that's not bad enough, I woke up to find two new sores forming!

However, I am determined to beat these things, so if ANY of you have any experience or know any remedies, please share! I'm getting slightly desperate...

Laura Hogg asked this
September 12, 2011 at 8:50 AM



Oh my goodness Laura. I am so sorry! Do you think aloe vera would help? I read somewhere that can help at least with the pain. Not sure where you can find aloe vera leaves though. Here are different options from reader's digest:

I wouldn't recommend the Battle the Bacteria section though since you are already in a lot of pain. :/ I hope everything gets better.

Bri Luginbill answered
September 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Hey Laura-

I remember being told that acidic foods and drinks like orange juice could cause them, but I wasn't sure if that was just an old wives tale until I did a little research right now - apparently this is true!

Another interesting thing I found during my investigation - canker sores can be a symptom of a vitamin B-123,zinc, folic acid or iron deficiency - so supplementing with these might help heal them or prevent future outbreaks. Apparently canker sores can also be caused by celiac, chron's disease or other digestive issues, so that might be something worth looking into.

As for remedies - I know there are mouth washes designed especially for canker sores with hydrogen peroxide and zinc (two recommended canker sore remedies) near the regular mouth wash at the grocery store.

Erin Froehlich answered
September 12, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Bri - I actually did get a little topical gel that contains aloe vera, and it is somewhat soothing, though I still can't chew without pain. I am definitely going to check out those remedies from Reader's Digest - I have a lot of that stuff around at home, so hopefully that will help. Thanks!

Erin - I've heard that, too. I'm really baffled, though, because I've been eating better than ever, and I don't think my diet has been terribly acidic. Of course, I could always do better! I've been slacking on my multivitamin, so maybe this is just my body reminding me that I need to be taking that :)

The research I've done basically says that canker sores can be caused by any number of things - even your menstrual cycle (as if that needed any more drawbacks, right?!) Ah well. Now that the sores are here, I'm just going to have to fight them off :) I think I'm going to try the hydrogen peroxide rinse and maybe some baking soda. I'll let you know how they work!

Laura Hogg answered
September 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM

haha... just reread my post Vitamin-B-123, SHOULD be B-12. lol

Erin Froehlich answered
September 12, 2011 at 10:46 AM

oragel maybe??

Dayton from SLN answered
September 12, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Try rinsing your mouth or swabbing the sores with a mix of half hydrogen peroxide and half warm water. That usually works for me when I get them after drinking too much acidic coffee or soda.

Big Dave from SLN answered
September 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Dave, I think I'll be trying that out tonight. My total count is up to 4 sores, and I don't want to see it get any higher! Thanks :)

Laura Hogg answered
September 12, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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