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What are some good home remedies for a canker sore?

Asked by SergeantQueen (11292points) January 26th, 2017

I have a canker sore on the inside of my cheek and it hurts quite a bit. I was wondering what are some good home remedies that have worked for you/ someone you know to help it heal.

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chelle21689's avatar

Gargle salt and water, put some of that orajel on it

Cruiser's avatar

I would try Tee Tree oil…tastes like crap. But I would raid the piggy bank and buy Kanka Works like a charm.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I apply a wet and warm paper towel.

Cruiser's avatar

I had my mind focused on golf when I answered….it is Tea Tree Oil!

Stinley's avatar

Any over the counter ointment from the pharmacist works if you make sure that you dry the sore first of all so that the ointment can stick to it. Dab the ointment on the exact spot, don’t smear – once it touches your mouth, it can’t really be moved.

The sore is caused by your saliva attacking the open wound. It’s just doing its job. But by placing a barrier between the sore and the saliva, your body can get to healing it.

Painful business. You have my sympathy

Pachy's avatar

The topical ointments suggested above do work but tend to rub off fairly quickly during the day. My go-to cure is gargling with warm salt water several times a day and at bedtime. I sometimes add a tiny bit of hydrogen peroxide to the water if the sore is really bad.

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