When singaw strikes, using your mouth to do anything becomes unnecessarily painful. Believe us, you will want to do something about it—fast. But before you reach for the salt and water, here’s a guide to singaw treatments that work, and singaw treatments that hurt.
While Vitamin C aids in expediting the healing of open wounds, juices high in acid content tend to make open sores sting. Trust us, you don’t need to try it to find out exactly what a refreshing glass of lemonade will do to a festering singaw.
Ever heard of the saying “rubbing salt on wound”? While widely regarded as a common and inexpensive antiseptic, saltwater is often used to cleanse singaw of bacteria that can cause further infection. However, it does nothing to remove the fungi that caused it in the first place.
Alcohol is an antiseptic that is proven to kill bacteria. However, if you’ve ever used alcohol to clean a wound, you would know that it is common sense that alcohol should not be anywhere near your singaw.
BAKING SODA + WATER
This is something that is better used in your volcano science project rather than your singaw. Use requires dissolving a teaspoon of baking soda in half a cup of warm water and applying on your singaw until you lose it or lose interest in doing it, whichever comes first.
Tawas is for your armpits, not for your lips or mouth. While this traditional remedy dries out your singaw and provides a measure of pain relief, it doesn’t kill the root cause of singaw. So if you want to torture yourself with the horrible taste of tawas, and the sting of singaw at the same time for days, be our guest!
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE + WATER
If you mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water, you get an antiseptic that disinfects your singaw. For maximum effect, you need to apply this mixture three to four times a day—ideally without anyone seeing you shed a few tears. And like all the others in this list, there is no guarantee that an antiseptic will cure your singaw, as all they can do is prevent further infection.