What topical medications have been effective treatments for your canker sores?
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What kind of topical medications (gels or ointments) are available for canker sores?
Topical gels or ointments are used for canker sores to relieve pain, decrease inflammation, and prevent infection.
Topical pain medications: Gels such as benzocaine (Orajel) and lidocaine (an anesthetic) are used directly on the canker sore to relieve pain or discomfort. These types of medications can be found over the counter.
Topical anti-inflammatory medications: Steroid medications can be used topically to decrease inflammation from canker sores. These medications usually require a prescription and should be used exactly as directed.
Topical antibiotics: These medications may be prescribed by your doctor or dentist if there is a possibility of the canker sore becoming infected with bacteria. Redness, crusting, pus discharge, or fever are signs of infection.