Table of Contents
- Canker sores facts
- What are canker sores? What do canker sores look like?
- What are symptoms and signs of canker sores?
- Are canker sores the same thing as fever blisters?
- What are the causes of canker sores?
- What is the treatment for canker sores?
- What kind of topical medications (gels or ointments) are available for canker sores?
- Can mouthwash solutions be used to treat canker sores?
- What oral medications are available to help canker sores?
- What should I do if I get canker sores frequently?
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What is the treatment for canker sores?
In most cases, canker sores do not require any treatment, and there is nothing specific you need to do to get rid of a canker sore because it usually will heal on its own. If a person already has a canker sore, there are home remedies that can be used to help relieve the pain or irritation caused by the sore and to speed healing:
- Topical medications applied directly on the sore, mouthwashes, and oral medications can relieve pain or inflammation.
- Avoid acidic foods such as citrus fruits or spicy foods that may aggravate the sore.
- If there is any vitamin deficiency (a doctor can test for this), take supplementation as prescribed.
- Brush teeth gently and use a brush with soft bristles.
- Use toothpaste and mouthwash that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
- Another home remedy is to mix milk of magnesia with Benadryl liquid and use as a mouth rinse.
- Other natural remedies include goldenseal mouth rinse, deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) gargled in warm water, and saltwater rinses. Continue Reading
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