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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
A canker sore is a painful, open sore in the mouth. Canker sores are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. They are benign (not cancer). Canker sores can run in families. They may also be linked to problems with the body's immune (defense) system. The sores may occur after a mouth injury due to dental work, aggressive tooth cleaning, or biting the tongue or cheek. Canker sores can be triggered by emotional stress, dietary deficiencies (especially iron, folic acid, or vitamin B-12), menstrual periods, hormonal changes, food allergies, and similar situations. They occur most commonly with viral infections. In some cases, the cause can not be identified. Treatment is usually not necessary. In most cases, the canker sores ...Read more
Who knows: It helps and there are no side effects. Like why does cleaning help? ...Read more
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
How do I get rid of huge cancker sores on my tonsils? They are getting bigger and hurt very bad. I am gargling with salt water and etc* but no results
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
Mouth Sore: Yes. It provides some sort of relief.. ...Read more
How to keep mouth wound clean? Is the best way to keep it clean (is it the same as with canker sores, using salt water?
Reduce inflammation: Salt water will draw out the fluid from the tissue and reduce the inflammation, which ultimately reduce the pressure on the nerve ending and help to alleviate pain. Moreover, it will help to clean the area and prevent bacterial superinfection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more