Table of Contents
- Canker sore definition and facts
- What are canker sores, and what do they look like?
- What causes canker sores?
- Are canker sores the same thing as cold sores (fever blisters)?
- What are symptoms and signs of canker sores?
- What natural or home remedies cure canker sores?
- What topical prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications cure canker sores?
- What mouthwash solutions be used to treat and cure canker sores?
- What oral medications are available to cure canker sores?
- What should a person do if they get reccurent or chronic canker sores?
What are symptoms and signs of canker sores?
Canker sores are painful sores inside the mouth. They may occur on the tongue, the lining of the cheeks, the gums, the inside of the lips, or the soft palate on the back of the roof of your mouth. Common symptoms of canker sores include the following:
- A burning, tingling, or prickling sensation, up to 24 hours before the sore appears
- Crater-like ulcers that are white, gray, or yellow in color, with a red border
- Sores are usually painful
- Difficulty speaking, eating, or swallowing
Less common symptoms that can also indicate a more serious underlying infection include:
Contact your doctor or dentist if your canker sores are
- Larger than usual
- Lasting more than three weeks
- Causing severe pain even after taking over-the-counter pain medication
- Causing difficulty drinking enough fluids to stay hydrated
- Accompanied by fever