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Dealing With Unpleasant Canker Sores: What Works

These are those painful little sores located inside the mouth around gums, inside of cheeks and lips and around the tongue area. They are also known as Aphthous ulcers.

It’s unknown what exactly causes them though it’s suspected that stress and diet can play a big factor.

Are they contagious? No, they’re not like cold sores [1] can be, but they are commonly quite painful and may linger for 2 to 3 weeks.

Here’s my collection of home remedies to help treat them, be aware that some can sting quite a bit on the initial application since these little ulcers tend to be sensitive.

Remedies

Pain Relief:

Note: If it persists and won’t heal or is accompanied by a fever, make sure to see your doctor.

I used to get cankers quite regularly when I was younger (it seemed to be 2 or 3 times a year), but I haven’t had one for several years now. It’s likely because I grew out of them rather than doing anything to make myself immune to them (score 1 for aging!).