Patient Comments: Canker Sores - Experience

Please describe your experience with canker sores.

Comment from: gginpa, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

For over 20 years, I've had chronic mouth sores. In recent years, the canker sores increased in frequency and severity, often several at a time. No treatment I tried brought prevention or pain relief. Last November, at age 73, I had a first-time, very severe flare-up of Crohn's disease. Since the onset, I have had no mouth sores! In addition, my chronic seborrheic dermatitis also disappeared. This leads me to suspect that both may be autoimmune diseases. I am currently on Remicade for the Crohn's, but it is significant to note that the mouth sores disappeared before I started receiving treatment.

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Comment from: Calciumisthecure, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I have had canker sores since I was a little child. After many painful years of dealing with the issue, finally I found the answer through my holistic doctor hear where I live. I am now 44 years old and have way less outbreaks and If I notice the onset of any, I just supplement 2000 mg of calcium 3 or 4 times a day and within one day the canker sore begins to heal and is gone within about 3 to 4 days. No pain at all during the process. I couldn't believe after all those years no one could help me until now. Hopefully, my story will help someone.

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Comment from: katy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I started getting canker sores when I started a new medication. My dentist said my pH changed in my mouth after taking the new medicines. He told me to rinse my mouth twice daily with baking soda and water; about a teaspoon per half cup of warm water. I have not had one since. I do it every morning after I brush my teeth and every evening after I brush my teeth.

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Comment from: Rashid, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I've recently found a solution for aphthous ulcer (canker sores). At least it works for me. I mixed salt in drinking water (it should be very salty) and then gargle with it. You have to do it at the very early stage of the ulcer, or it might not be helpful later. And try to gargle in the night just before you go to sleep and don't eat or drink anything after the gargle till the morning. So the salty taste remains. That's why I choose to do it just before go to sleep. Do this for 2 to 3 days in a row. I've tried it every time when the ulcer attacks, and it's working so far. I'll be happy if this could help anyone to lessen the pain of aphthous ulcer.

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Comment from: Elle, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I have had canker sores ever since I could remember. I still have them now, my dad has also had them his entire life. When I was around 5, I was on a vacation and 7 just appeared, and opened up. Sometimes I just get so sick of it. If I put salt straight up, it hurts a lot but works better than gargling with salt water.

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Comment from: KCLady, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 21

I get canker sores when I eat oranges several days in a row.

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Comment from: Plma, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

About 2 weeks ago I had 4 canker sores all at once in my mouth. They healed. The next week I developed the flu. Along with it came a sore throat. The flu lasted about 4 days but the sore throat stayed. When I mentioned my sore throat to my family doctor he looked down my mouth and said it didn't look bad and that I just need to ride out my flu. The next day it was much worse. I went to a walk in clinic and asked the doctor to take a swab of my throat for strep throat. He did. He said if it is strep throat then I would get a call within 2 days. I got no call, so no strep throat. My throat continues to be very sore and it seems to be going further down my throat. So I came to a conclusion that I have canker sores in my throat and to just wait a few more days to see if it gets better. It will be a week tomorrow. Should I go back to my doctor and take it from there or should I wait a few more days, I am frustrated and in pain.

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