What is it?
An aphthous ulcer, is a small, shallow and painful mouth ulcer or sore. It’s also the most common type of mouth ulcer. Some people notice them inside their mouth,lips , cheeks or at the base of the gums. They’re usually white or yellow and surrounded by red, inflamed soft tissue.
What are the symptoms?
- The main symptom is a painful sore in the mouth that can make it hard to eat and talk.
- Other symptoms include:
a small white or yellow oval-shaped ulcer in your mouth
a painful red area in your mouth
a tingling sensation in your mouth
In some cases, other symptoms may also be present, including:
swollen lymph nodes
not feeling well
- Baking Soda Rinse your mouth with a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1⁄2 cup of warm water. Baking soda is an alkaline and will neutralize acids that irritate the canker sore; it also helps kill bacteria to help your sore heal quickly.
- Aloe Vera Known as the “first-aid plant,” aloe vera gel can speed healing and offer soothing pain relief. Dry the canker sore area with a cotton swab, then slice an aloe leaf. With a clean spoon, dab a bit of the gel directly on the sore
- Tea Bags Tea is an alkaline, so it will neutralize acids that irritate the sore; tea also contains compounds that may help relieve pain. Apply a damp tea bag to the canker sore for five minutes to feel some relief.
- Licorice Tea Sold in most health-food stores, licorice tea is an excellent home remedy to treat and eliminate canker sores. Use one tea bag per cup of boiling water and step, covered for 10 minutes, then drink.
- Salt Water Rinse your mouth with salt water for 30 seconds to help your canker sore heal. Higher concentrations of sodium chloride draw water from surrounding tissues by osmosis, which helps heal abscesses and open wounds such as canker sores.
- Vitamin E Cut open a vitamin E capsule and squeeze a bit of the liquid onto the sore. The oil will coat the sore to help protect it from infection and help it cure it more quickly.
- You can prevent the recurrence of canker sores by avoiding foods that may have previously triggered the outbreak. These often include spicy, salty, or acidic foods. Also, avoid foods that cause allergy symptoms, such as an itchy mouth, a swollen tongue, or hives.
- If a canker sore pops up due to stress, use stress reduction methods and calming techniques, such as deep breathing and meditation
Things to watch out for
Talk to your doctor to determine if you have any specific vitamin or mineral deficiencies. They can help design a suitable diet plan and prescribe individual supplements if you need them.
Immediately contact your doctor or dentist if you develop: large sores or an outbreak of sores.