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Canker Sores Are No Crack up

Let me just begin by clarifying that canker sores, which occur inside the mouth, are not contagious like cold sores and they have no relation to the herpes virus.

These painful little ulcers can happen anywhere on the soft tissue surfaces inside the mouth – tongue, gums and cheeks. The sores are usually red, but may have a white coating over them.

Anyone can get canker sores, but they seem most prevalent in women in their 20s and can run in families. However, the cause of canker sores remains a mystery, researchers believe they could be caused by the following things:

  • Faulty immune system function
  • Nutritional problems, such as a deficiency of vitamin B-12, zinc, folic acid or iron
  • A disease of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Food allergies
  • Menstrual periods

To see how to treat those painful buggers just

Most canker sores disappear on their own in about two weeks. For pain relief, you can try taking ibuprofen. Some people find relief by: sucking on zinc lozenges, taking supplements of the amino acid lysine, or rinsing with a sage-chamomile mouthwash.

Fit's Tips: You should seek medical advice if: a fever accompanies your canker sores, the sores last longer than three weeks, the pain cannot be managed with self care measures, or they prevent you from drinking enough fluids.

You can help reduce the pain also by avoiding irritants like SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), sometime used in toothpaste, and spicy food.


Zero_Cool Zero_Cool 9 years
Wow, I can't believe no one uses camphophenic. It comes in a little green bottle at any pharmacy. I think it's kinda pricey, maybe $6-7 for the bottle, but I swear it works wonders. It's a numbing solution, so I'm always careful about where I put it! It relieves the pain in an instant and within a couple of days it's gone!
spacebear spacebear 9 years
once i was really anemic and i had so many of these due to the iron deficiency. it was awful and so annoying.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I've only gotten one once cuz I bit myself REALLY hard. Now if I ever bite myself accidentally, I freak out, LOL. That sh*t is painful!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I switched to Tom's of Maine toothpastes when I got a cankersore that was just a little smaller than a quarter coin last winter. I'm not kidding, it was soo painful, it felt just as if somebody shoot a bullet through my cheek. I could hardly eat, talk, smile or sleep. Switching toothpaste and using a peroxide sollution helped it get better, salt did not(on this mega sore, it might help others).
pipeepoodle pipeepoodle 9 years
I have like 6 of these on my tongue right now! I'm all sore and swollen like a damn fool...I hate them. I just want to sit around with my tongue hanging out. Boo!!
mwjank mwjank 9 years
I used to get canker sores several times a year. After doing some internet research a few years ago I tried switching toothpaste brands. I now use Toms of Maine toothpaste and have not had a canker sore in 3 years.
jen2002 jen2002 9 years
There's a really great mouthwash by GUM, called Rincinol. I find it at Walgreens. You rinse for half a minute and then don't eat or drink anything for about an hour (i usually do this right before bed). I find it cuts down on healing time by half, esp. if i take 2 Lysine tablets once a day as well. Also, just for pain relief Oral-B makes a mouth wash called Peroxyl - it's basically hydrogen peroxide with a minty taste, but it's great for killing the pain and cleaning out the sore.
tko24 tko24 10 years
I get these regularly as does the rest of my family. Try switching your toothpaste brand. I switched from Colgate to Crest and now I only get them around that time of the month. I've also tried the SLS-free toothpaste. It works but I don't really like the taste.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
I must be blessed because I have only gotten like one in my entire life!
sportsaholic21 sportsaholic21 10 years
Canker sores are such a pain (literally *laugh*) I am a big fan of dabbing Alum on them. It stings for a few seconds but then numbs it and I find that they go away more quickly if treated with Alum. That's what works for me!
antiprettysin antiprettysin 10 years
Ugh, I just got one of those about a week ago. So..I called my mom, and she contacted her family network for home cures, and what I did was rinse with salt water 3 times a day (about half a cup of warm water, and 1 tablespoon of salt, *sea salt if you can*) and it started disappearing. This I think, was a lot better than my previous method of coping, which was carrying around anbesol and dabbing it on everytime it hurt, or I wanted to eat. Oh and also, if you don't have a chloraseptic spray or anbesol handy, a quick swish of benadryl works in a pinch to numb it while it's healing.
lily314 lily314 10 years
I have one right now, in the most awkward spot. I usually get them because I accidentally bite myself when eating.
penguins268 penguins268 10 years
Oh I get these all the time! They're so painful! Thanks for the tips!
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