Two things I hate are being sick and Canker sores. Sometimes, my body likes to hold contests to learn which one I loath more. While my immune system unsympathetically allows this to happen to me, I continue to try and find remedies to make these physical inconveniences as short as possible.

Last week I felt myself getting sick. Both my wife and mom where sick the week before and it all but knocked them out. I took care of them as best as I could while they suffered through sore throats, stuffy noses and fevers. During this time, I knew there was no way I would not get sick myself. So, in preparation, I started taking vitamin C. During this time I also manage to bit my cheek in my sleep which of corse turned into a Canker soar.

By the start of last week, I had a full-blown Canker soar in my mouth and felt a scratch on the back of my throat. I knew that if I did not start doing something to try and combat this soon, I would be laid up in bed and calling in sick to work before the end of the week.

I immediately started drinking a lot of water. I’m talking over 64 ounces a day. It sounds like a lot of water, but if you keep at it through out the day it really is not a big deal.

I also did some reading online and on that same day started washing my mouth out with salt water. This was amazing. It stung in my mouth because of my Canker soars, but shortly after my mouth stopped hurting.

So, in doing the salt water mouth wash a few times a day and drinking a lot of water resulted in not feeling all that sick this last week. I never ended up with a sore throat and even through I am only slightly congested it is nowhere near my normal level of congestion I have had in the past.

The salt water as also sped up the Canker sore healing process as well as made it tolerable to eat when the soar was at its worst.

Do you know of any remedies to reduce how long you might be sick or to make canker soars feel better and heal faster? I would love to hear them. Leave a comment below.


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  1. Do the salt water mouthwash with hot water (but not too hot) and add gargles to it. It will help soothe a soar throat, and help numb the pain of salt on canker soars.

  2. Amanda firmly believes in the power of Emergen-C, but I’ve never been all that convinced. I personally stick with drinking tons of water, keeping warm, and getting plenty of sleep. Sometimes I’ll drink orange juice for the vitamin C as well.

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