Mouth Ulcers

@lenywp (1964)
March 23, 2007 11:06pm CST
What is the best way to get rid of them? I have one and it's driving me nuts - it hurts every time I eat something! Please help!
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@samrat16 (2442)
• India
24 Mar 07
Home Treatment Home mouth ulcer remedies usually involve over-the-counter-medications to deal with the pain and irritation. Creams or gels like Orabase B or Orajel will temporarily numb the area and relieve your discomfort. A hydrogen peroxide based antiseptic mouthwash will help to keep bacteria and other irritants away from the ulcer while it heals. Some people swear by simply applying a dab of toothpaste on the sore several times throughout the day while others claim that taking Lysine-L tablets from the health food store works. Whether you use a rinse made of a mild solution of baking soda or just rely on Listerine, the truth is that most likely it is time that heals the ulcer. Other measures simply reduce the pain temporarily and make the individual feel better because they are doing something. Severe Cases Severe cases of ulcers in the mouth may require more strenuous treatments like antibiotics (tetracycline) or steroids (dexamethasone elixir). If the pain is particularly severe you may be given a local anesthetic such as lidocaine or the physician may cauterize the sores with a laser or silver nitrate to close them and to facilitate healing. Sulphuric acid solutions like debacterol may also be used as a treatment. Prevention Good oral hygiene is the number one way to prevent mouth ulcers. You may also find that some foods will cause an outbreak. Tomatoes, for instance, are irritating to some people whereas others get mouth ulcers from hot or spicy foods. The general belief is that the acidity of the particular food disrupts the chemistry of the mouth. The solution is simple. Stop eating something that repeatedly causes painful mouth ulcers. You may also want to try switching your brand of toothpaste if you begin to have frequent outbreaks of ulcers or begin taking Lysine-L tablets available at your health food store. They seem to have the effect of balancing the mouth’s chemistry. (Zinc may work in this regard as well.) And, as with any condition linked to stress, try to get enough sleep and a regular amount of exercise in conjunction with a balanced diet. Your whole body will thank you.
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• United States
24 Mar 07
It will hurt and burn some, but it does help and gets rid of the germs that are causing the canker. I rinse my mouth every 4 hours with Cepachol is the strongest their is, and is used by most hospitals. If you can't find it then regular Listerene is second best. I hope you feel better soon. I know how much those can hurt.
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@tammyr (5955)
• Etowah, Tennessee
24 Mar 07
I would try the salt water. It is amazing at healing sores of any kind. Make it as strong as you can stand . I do not boil the water, but that is up to you. If they do not heal, are recurring, or you have had one for a long time see a Dr. or Oral Surgeon. I had a sore in my mouth that had to be removed.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
24 Mar 07
Not sure of the immediate relife leny but I did read in an Aussie mag, Doctors page that someone wrote into him saying if you change your tooth paste gets rid of them, he said he didn't take much notice of it but tried it out on a few people and he was very surprised it worked...maybe it is a bit like shampoo they say it is best for your hair to change it every now and then maybe your mouth reacts to the same toothpast all the time...
@saierchok (1294)
• United States
17 Jun 07
you can either take the medicinal solutions that help, or simply sequeeze some tomatoes over them! they do help but with lots of pain :( you may also want to eat oranges/tomatoes/peach they also help curing them.. check for fungal infections if they happen to you rapidly. good luck