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Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Does gargling with hot salt water really help mouth sores and pain?

Dr. Joseph Eastern
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Does gargling with hot salt water really help mouth sores and pain?

Why hot water?: I've never heard the "hot" part, but gargling with salt water does draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less. It also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat. It's a temporary fix, since it does nothing to remove the cause (whatever that is), but it will make you feel better for a while. ...Read more

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Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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Why does gargling with hot salt water help with mouth sores and pain?

Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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Why does gargling with hot salt water help with mouth sores and pain?

Who knows: It helps and there are no side effects. Like why does cleaning help? ...Read more

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Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
Board Certified, Dentistry
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Does salt water gargling help mouth ulcers?

Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
Board Certified, Dentistry
26 years in practice
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Does salt water gargling help mouth ulcers?

Salt water rinses: Seem to help with oral irritations of all kinds. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
29 years in practice
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My husband has 3 bad cold sores in his mouth. Been rinsing with salt water every night x1wk doesn't seem to be gettin better. Anything else he can do?

Dr. Tim Conrad
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My husband has 3 bad cold sores in his mouth. Been rinsing with salt water every night x1wk doesn't seem to be gettin better. Anything else he can do?

Try hydrogen peroxid: Apply some hydrogen peroxide to the canker sores with q-tip. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Wilkoff
Board Certified, Dentistry
34 years in practice
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I have mono, I have mouth sores in the back of my mouth and sides of my tongue, is there anything i can do to make it heal quicker?, water even hurts.

Dr. Robert Wilkoff
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I have mono, I have mouth sores in the back of my mouth and sides of my tongue, is there anything i can do to make it heal quicker?, water even hurts.

Non-prescription aid: If you are suffering from mono, your immune system is severely compromised. There are a host of bacterial or more likely, fungal infections potentially causing your mouth problems. See your dentist, who can prescribe an appropriate medication for the oral symptoms. You can also try an over-the-counter product, zilactin to ease your symptoms. Apply with a q-tip to the affected areas. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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My dad has mouth sores he was prescribed a magic mouth contains lidocaine and other 2 sol.does he do the salt and baking soda wash before or after?

Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
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My dad has mouth sores he was prescribed a magic mouth contains lidocaine and other 2 sol.does he do the salt and baking soda wash before or after?

Canker sores: Canker sore is the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The dental laser offers immediate relief from the pain of these sores. See your dentist. ...Read more

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
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How do I cure cold sores? Salt water?

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
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How do I cure cold sores? Salt water?

Lysine: Lysine is an Amino Acid and harmless. You can probably get it at a health food store. Take one tablet or capsule a day until it clears. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tried rinsing with salt water but it won't work. How am i suppose to get rid of the cold sores?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Tried rinsing with salt water but it won't work. How am i suppose to get rid of the cold sores?

Some options: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. ...Read more

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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Will gargling salt water help heal mouth sore or at least make it less sore?

Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Will gargling salt water help heal mouth sore or at least make it less sore?

Mouth Sore: Yes. It provides some sort of relief.. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Board Certified, Dentistry
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Could gargling salt water help the lumps on the roof of my mouth?

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Board Certified, Dentistry
35 years in practice
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Could gargling salt water help the lumps on the roof of my mouth?

Probably not: Have the area in question evaluated by a professional in your area. ...Read more

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