I like to think about cankers like an actual wound. You would not leave an infected scraped knee to sit and fester, you would take charge of the situation. Like a scraped knee, cankers need some care to heal quickly. To speed up the healing time for a canker, try this home remedy using a match. Beware, it does sting.
Daytime Canker Treatments
Take out a match. Any ol’ match will do, but I like the white tipped ones. DO NOT LIGHT IT. Hold it by the end and place the tip directly onto the surface of the sore. Press it into the sore as much as the sting tolerance will allow. The deeper the better. It will sting and bubble and you will likely drool, so head over the sink. Then, say “ow…ow…ouch” for a few seconds and check the canker. The white infection should be gone. It should be red, the color of the flesh in the mouth. If not, repeat with a new match. Sometimes, when I am feeling tough, I will hold the match with my lips and let it sit there like an old western cowboy for a few minutes, replacing the match when I can’t feel sting. For big cankers I have had to use up to 8 matches. For small cankers I have had them go away the next day. For larger, its a bit longer but it definitely takes a lot of time off of the healing process.
When its done, it should look like a hole or a cut. The white should be gone. It is as if the sulfur on the tip of the match has cauterized the white infection off of the sore.
Once the wound is all cleaned with the matchtip, but a bandaid on it. Hah.. Not a real bandaid, this kind. Tincture Of Benzoin. This stuff is a must-have for your first aid kit. It has multiple uses. (For example, I used it combined with Steri-strips when I was 3 days from civilization on a river trip and had a massive puncture wound on my leg from an oar.. eek.) Tincture Of Benzoinc an work also as a simple coating or barrier to save you through the day from your tongue, salty or sharp foods that would hurt without the coating on it.
My husbands family always put alum on it, and they swear by that. Now we combine methods at nighttime. Did you know that on Amazon you could buy 2lbs alum for the same price as 2 oz at a store? Thats reason enough to make some pickles with the rest.
Everyone seems to have a canker trick up their sleeve, what is yours?
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