Canker Sores (cont.)
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
In this Article
- Canker sores facts
- What are canker sores?
- What are symptoms and signs of canker sores?
- What are the causes of canker sores?
- Are canker sores the same as fever blisters?
- 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 with canker sores?
- What oral medications are available to help canker sores?
- What should I do if I get canker sores frequently?
- Find a local Ear, Nose, & Throat Doctor in your town
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.
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