Canker Sores are not related to the Herpes Simplex Virus, but are ulcers, one or more, that appear on the inner cheek, gums, tongue, or inside the lips of the mouth from eating foods that are too acidic, such as strawberries, tomatoes, pineapple, and tomato sauce. These same foods can trigger a HSV breakout. So, it is important to see your doctor if you are not sure what you are dealing with. Canker Sores can be treated with some of the same natural remedies as are used for HSV.
Canker Sore Relief
For terrible pain, place a throat drop known for numbing action, such as Cepacol, on the canker sore. In addition, rinse with salt water (the saltier the better) at least 3-4 times per day. Use sea salt, if you have it, for best effects.
Vitamin B-12. Most people suffering from canker sores are deficient in vitamin B-12. For best absorption, use a B-12 nasal spray.
Place a Zinc lozenge directly over the canker sore and let dissolve. Use as directed on the package. Do not exceed total Zinc levels of 50 mg per day.
Jason's Seafresh Toothpaste or Squigle Toothpaste have been helpful in preventing canker sores.
OTC (over-the-counter) ideas for healing canker sores are Canker Melts, Canker Cover, Canker Care Plus (+), and Biotene (for dry mouth, which can be a cause of canker sores).
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