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Canker Sores (cont.)

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Can mouthwash solutions be used to treat canker sores?

There are several mouthwash solutions that may be used to treat canker sore symptoms.

  • Diphenhydramine suspension (Benadryl Allergy liquid) is available over the counter and can be used as a mouth rinse because it has topical anesthetic effects on the tissue of the mouth and the canker sore. Put the suspension in your mouth, swish it around for 30 seconds to one minute, and spit it out. Do not swallow the rinse.
  • Anti-inflammatory steroid mouth rinses may be prescribed by your doctor or dentist to help reduce inflammation.
  • Tetracycline antibiotic rinses may be prescribed and have been shown to relieve the pain and promote healing of canker sores. Tetracycline should not be used by pregnant women, people allergic to tetracycline, or children under 16 years of age.

What oral medications are available to help canker sores?

Several oral medications may help relieve symptoms of canker sores.

  • Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or naproxen (Aleve) can be used to help with discomfort from canker sores.
  • Zinc lozenges or vitamins B and C may also help relieve symptoms of canker sores.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/9/2014

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