Almost 3 out of 10 people have suffered on and off from canker sores during their adulthood. This mouth disease is medically known as aphthous ulcers. Unlike cold sores that are caused by contagious Herpes Simplex virus, cold sores are easier to heal naturally. They can go away without antibiotics and other medical treatment. However, who can bear the pain and discomfort of the symptoms? When you are having cold sores you will feel burning sensation and pain on the sores. Talking and eating will be very difficult and painful. No wonder that people who are suffered from canker sores are reluctant to open their mouth. They remain silent for days. Although the sores usually disappear in 7 to 10 days, in few cases, they can lead to other diseases. That is why treatment is needed to get rid of the symptoms quickly and shorten the time for recovery.
Until now, the causes of canker sores have not been known yet. Poor diet, poor immune system, stress, and too much acid are some contributing factors that put a person at risk. Whatever the causes are, somehow canker sores just feel like cold sores. They are really annoying and of course very painful. Luckily, there are some successful home remedies that can make you feel better. Going to a doctor or dentist is a better option but if you the symptoms are not really serious, there is nothing wrong with trying some remedies that are inexpensive yet can be as effective as doctors’ prescribed medicine.
Alum Canker Sore Home Remedies
One of the best home remedies is alum canker sore treatment. What is the alum? It is a chemical substance which contains aluminum. This substance is usually available in the form of alum powder. It is often used as an astringent and in dyeing. It also serves as a preservative that maintains the crispness of vegetables and fruits. Probably not many people know that alum powder has the ability to cure painful canker sores. It is perhaps because there are many other popular remedies that are widely used by most people like tea tree oil, salt water, onion, and many more.
Using alum to cure canker sore is a good idea because it can heal the sores in a short time. Without treatment, usually, a person should deal with the sores for more or less a couple of weeks. If you use alum powder, you can get rid of the sores for only several days. In addition, alum powder is easy to find. The price is also cheap. You can buy this chemical substance in grocery stores or supermarket.
Make a paste by mixing 0.5 ml of alum powder with a drop of water. Keep stirring until it forms a paste. Dab the paste on the sores and leave it for one to two minutes. During the application, you may feel burning sensation on the ulcers but keep it on. Your mouth will also start to salivate but just ignore it. Finally, rinse your mouth with water. One application usually works but if it doesn’t, reapply it the following day.