How To Get Rid Of Canker Sores

Finding Relief For Your Tongue

By: - Health & Fitness - August 25, 2011
how to get rid of canker sores finding relief for your tongue
It happens to a lot of people – when they yawn or go to brush their teeth, they discover the insidious looking canker sore on tongue.  For those that are not familiar with canker sores and suddenly find that ugly looking lump on their tongue, a momentary wave of panic sets in about what else it could possibly be – cancer, sores related to AIDS perhaps?  Before you start preparing your Last Testament and Will, lets first examine just what a canker sore is and how to get rid of canker sores.

Don’t consider yourself as dirty or diseased when you see a canker sore on tongue.  No, they are not a form of herpes but rather they are aphthous ulcers, that are minor and are characterized by small sores, red in color that typically have a white colored tissue covering it.  These insightly blights do not just form on the tongue – they can form everywhere within the mouth such as the tongue, on the inner portion of the lips, under the tongue and  in the rare but not exceptional cases, onto the tonsils themselves.  Any kind of sore that appears on the outer part of the lips are not to be confused with canker sores – they are not.

So, now that you know just what a canker sore is and where they are found, lets turn our attention to just how to get rid of canker sores. What causes the appearance of these unwelcome guests is not exactly known but it is thought that factors such as stress, or foods that are abrasive on the tongue and the tissue within the mouth like spicy foods or those that contain nuts that have sharp edges just to name a few may contribute to the development of these symptoms but again, nothing is known exactly.  The first area to consider as a prevention against getting canker sores is to avoid brushing your teeth with toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate or as it is otherwise known, SLS.  A recent study has revealed that those who are afflicted with canker sores are less likely to get them if they utilize a toothpaste that doesn’t have SLS but a factor of nearly eighty percent.

If you are getting more bouts of canker sores, it is recommended that you maintain a dietary journal to share with your family physician to examine just what in your diet may be contributing to their development if any.  But if you have them and naturally you want to be rid of them as soon as possible, there are some medicinal aids that can help facilitate this.  Benadryl Allergy liquid will help alleviate the pain associated with canker sores in which the patient takes about a spoonful of the liquid and rinses out their mouths for about sixty seconds or so after which it should be purged from the mouth into the sink.  Applying this procedure  up to about six applications per day is recommended.  Do not exceed the recommended procedural episodes.

There are a variety of medicines available on the market to help reduce the pain associated with canker sore on tongue and it is recommended that you can ask your local pharmacist how to get rid of canker sores.  Generally, oral medicines that have benzocaine, lidocaine or phenol are great for painful canker sores but for standard treatment of canker sores you may wish to consider the mouthwashes known as Listerine or Scope.  Above all, any questions that you have about canker sores or their treatment can be answered by your local pharmacist who possesses a wealth of information into their treatment and prevention.

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