Small and shallow ulcers, which appear in the mouth and make talking or eating uncomfortable are known as canker sores. They are usually 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter and have a red rim. Often, they are covered by a yellow gray membrane. They usually appear on the tongue, inside the cheeks, on the lips, base of the gums, etc. It is important to note that the canker sores are not contagious, and one may not have to take any rigorous treatment to cure them. When canker sores are mild, they may go away on their own.
Cause of Canker Sores on Tongue
Some of the common causes of canker sores on tongue include viral infection, injury to the tongue caused by toothpicks, toothbrushes, biting, etc. Hormonal changes can also give rise to the condition. Eating a lot of spicy and salty foods may cause the condition as well. In some cases, genetic factors may also have a role to play.
For mild cases of canker sores, one can make use of home remedies. Only if the pain is unbearable, then you may want to consider over the counter medication.
Avoiding toothpastes which contain sodium lauryl sulfate. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a foaming agent, which can aggravate the condition. It often irritates the skin, which aggravates the sores.
Avoid spicy and hot food, which is known to cause the condition. As far as possible, eat cold food like ice creams or milkshakes and juices. Eat food that is easy to chew, like mashed vegetables or minced meat with rice.
Milk of Magnesia mixed with Benadryl liquid can be used as a mouth wash. Let the mixture remain in the mouth for a minute or two before you spit it out. Benadryl is a liquid allergy medicine, which helps in treating the condition.
Take a small amount of honey on the tip of your finger and dab it on the canker sore directly. You can make a paste of chamomile leaves and apply it on the affected area, which will bring relief from the pain.
It is important to note that if these sores persist for a long time or they recur, then have yourself examined by your health care professional, as this can be an indication of an underlying issue.
Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.