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CANKER SORE MOUTH. (Aphthous Stomatitis

Category: Diseases of The Skin

This is a variety of
inflammation of the mouth where there are one or more vesicles (cankers)
upon the edges of the tongue, the cheek or the lips.

Causes. They are most common in children between two and six years of
age; but are not rare in adults. Predisposing causes are spring and
autumn, tuberculosis, teething, poor nutrition, stomach and bowel

Symptoms. The vesicles soon rupture and leave the ulcer (canker). There
may be a few or many, pin-head or split pea in size, along the edges of
the tongue, inside the cheeks. They are very tender.

MOTHERS' REMEDIES. 1. Canker Sore Mouth, Raspberry Leaf for. "Infuse a
handful of raspberry leaves in a half pint of boiling water for fifteen
minutes; when cold strain and add two ounces tinc. of myrrh, rinse the
mouth with a little of it two or three times a day, swallow a little each
time until relieved. This is also good for spongy gums, loose teeth, bad
breath and for gently correcting and cleansing the stomach."

2. Canker Sore Mouth, Oak Bark Tea for. "Red Oak bark, a little salt and
pepper." The bark should be boiled down to make a good strong tea,
according to age of person. The salt has an astringent effect upon the
mouth and is also a good antiseptic. The pepper should not be used when
the parts are very red and inflamed. It should be used only when they are
rather sluggish.

3. Canker Sore Mouth, Boracic acid for. "Rinse the mouth with a solution
of boracic acid and put some of the dry powder on the canker," This is a
very good remedy as the boracic acid is a good antiseptic and is
especially good for children and mild cases of canker sore mouth.

4. Canker Sore Mouth, Canker Weed Tea for. "Apply canker weed found in
the woods. A small plant with dark green leaves spotted with white." Make
a tea of the canker weed by steeping it, then strain and apply to the
affected parts. This is a very good remedy.

5. Canker Sore Mouth, Honey and Borax for. "Honey and borax used as a
mouth wash or swabbing is excellent." The honey is very soothing and the
borax is a good antiseptic.

6. Canker Sore Mouth, Wild Turnip for. "Dried wild turnip grated fine and
put in mouth. I know this is excellent."

7. Canker Sore Mouth, Alum for. "Take a piece of alum, rub on the canker

8. Canker Sore Mouth, Borax Water for. "Rinse the mouth well with a weak
solution of borax water, then put a little dry borax on the canker. They
will generally heal after one or two applications."

9. Sore Mouth, Common and Effective Remedy for. "Make an infusion of
sumach bobs (not the poison ones, of course). Good for sore throat when
used as a gargle and a little swallowed frequently." This is a very
effective remedy and is also good for sore mouth.

10. Sore Mouth, Shoemaker Root and Borax good for. "Take the inside bark
of shoemaker root and steep it; strain, add a little borax; have known it
to take off canker where doctors failed." If the above cannot be secured
make a tea from common strawberry leaves. You can use this for a baby by
swabbing the mouth, and I have known some mothers to throw in a small
piece of alum making it stronger for an older person.

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