Patient Comments: Canker Sores - Symptoms and Signs

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Comment from: Faith, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

Every now and then I will get a canker sore on the side of my left tongue. The quickest way to get relief is to gargle with peroxide undiluted every 3 to 4 hours until pain is gone and canker sore will leave as well.

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Comment from: leostitcher, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I've had terrible canker sores all my life (I'm 60). A couple of years ago I began using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and mouthwash to rinse my mouth and toothbrush. I have not had a canker sore since.

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Comment from: debroq, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 15

I read that acidic foods can be a factor in triggering canker sores so I cut out as much of them as possible. I also used to put ketchup on nearly everything and cut out using ketchup entirely. As a result I've gone from getting one or more a month to being canker free for about six months now.

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Comment from: DC, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

Most frequently, they develop after I've bitten the inside of my cheek or tongue. Although, there have been times when I've developed one sore and then other develop near it. I have tried all types of home remedies, but frequent rinsing seems to help the most.

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Comment from: elm91138@aol.com, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 23

I find that rinsing my mouth with salt water is the best way to reduce canker sores. I always do it at night before I go to bed, using dissolved salt in warm water. 1 tsp. to cup of warm water. (The warmer, the better).

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Comment from: ccandyb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

Your article offered me some new treatment ideas. My case is rather severe. I have numbers canker ulcers in my mouth due to a rare condition called lichen planus. I have canker sores all around my mouth and gums. I have had to change my life style because of the consent pain. I will try these new ideas and hope for relief.

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Comment from: Johnr, 65-74 Male Published: July 15

As a long time sufferer with canker sores I was happy to find that using a Waterpik both dramatically reduced the frequency of sores and also is an effective treatment. Prevention involves turning the pulsing stream of water or the mucus membranes on a daily basis. Treatment involves directing the pulsing stream, at low pressure, directly on the sores for 10 to 20 seconds. This stings a little but otherwise reduces pain and promotes healing.

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Comment from: huskerfan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

My canker sores occur whenever I get cold or flu symptoms or eat foods with acid in them such as strawberries, oranges, grapefruit etc. They usually last 7-10 days, occurring on the side of the mouth or tongue, all of which are very painful. I have not tried to treat them but always 'toughed it out' during the episodes. I got on the internet this evening and it appears that benzocaine products are recommended and will them a try.

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Comment from: Sam, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

Thank you, Zachula, for your recommendation of whole cloves to treat canker sores. I have tried everything the drug store has to offer and have never found anything to work as well or as fast as the whole clove. I am amazed and very happy.

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