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5 Everyday Things That Treat Canker Sores

Got antacid, teabags and aloe vera handy? They’re a few of the everyday household items that can help treat canker sores.

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1. Antacid Tablets

Need to treat a canker sore? Reach for an antacid tablet!

Munch a chewable Pepto-Bismol, Tums, or Rolaids tablet or put it on the canker sore and allow it to dissolve. The pain you feel from a canker sore is caused by acids and digestive enzymes eating into the tissue in the sore. The tablets will neutralize the acids and may also speed healing. Check the label for dosage directions.

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Treat a canker sore with a tea bags


Apply a damp tea bag to the canker sore for five minutes. Tea is alkaline, so it neutralizes acids. It also contains astringent compounds, which may help relieve the pain. Here are five more ways tea comes in handy all around the house.

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Treat canker sores with echinaceaPhoto: Shutterstock

Treat canker sores with echinacea

Echinacea is a herb thought to boost the immune system. Take 200 mg two or three times a day as soon as you first notice the sore. Here are 10 more herbs and spices with surprising health benefits.

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Relieve canker sore pain with aloe vera

The sap of aloe vera can bring welcome relief to canker sore pain. Squeeze a bit of gel from an aloe vera leaf. Dry the ulcer with a cotton bud, then dab on the gel. Repeat as often as you like. Here are five more ways aloe vera can come in handy.

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Treat canker sores with vitamin EPhoto: Shutterstock

Vitamin E can help treat a canker sore

Cut open a vitamin E capsule and squeeze some of the oil onto the canker sore several times a day.

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