Aphthae - what helps with painful blisters in the mouth?
How are canker sores treated?
The treatment of canker sores can start from many starting points. In general, purely symptomatic therapy can be used to control the burning sensation and relieve pain.
For this purpose there are pain killers (Analgesics) such as paracetamol or ibuprofen are used. In addition, solutions containing lidocaine can be used for gargling, ointments or sprays. The healing process of the mucous membrane vesicles can be accelerated by using caustic agents such as rhubarb root extract and / or silver nitrate.
This fact is due to the fact that the caustic agents in the treatment of canker sores accelerate the rejection of dead tissue fragments and thereby promote the formation of new mucous membranes.
In the case of canker sores that are not infectious, the application of ointments containing triamcinolone acetonide can promote wound healing and have a calming effect.
To treat a sore throat directly at home, you can use home remedies such as
- Tea tree oil
- Sage can be applied in the form of a rinse.
In addition, the use of toothpaste that is low in sodium lauryl sulfate should shorten the healing time of canker sores and at the same time prevent them from developing again.
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In addition to common home remedies, homeopathic remedies are often used to treat canker sores.
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Which drugs work best?
There are a great many over-the-counter drugs on the market. Most importantly, these are anti-inflammatory and pain relieving. In the best case, they should also accelerate the healing process of the affected area on the mucous membrane. Ointments are often very helpful, as they are applied directly to the canker sore and can work locally on the affected area. Home remedies can also help to alleviate the symptoms caused by canker sores.
In general, the treatment often also depends on the possible cause of the aphthous ulcer. However, since this is mostly unknown, it is most helpful to use drugs with the effects described above. Furthermore, preventive measures should be taken, for example with regard to lifestyle or diet, as this could also be the cause of the canker sore formation.
Treatment with home remedies
Aphthae usually heal on their own, but they are very painful. In addition to ointments or painkillers, home remedies can also be used to relieve the pain and speed up the healing process. These include above all chamomile extract and green tea. Furthermore, baking powder or tea tree oil can be carefully applied to the affected areas using a cotton swab. They have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
Since canker sores are also a symptom of a vitamin deficiency, taking vitamin C tablets can help. In this context, the canker sores can also be signs of zinc deficiency. This can also be done via tablets or food, e.g. be balanced in the form of nuts, oatmeal, cheese.
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The doctrine of the Schüssler salts says that the cause of the development of diseases is a disruption of the mineral balance and can be remedied by giving mineral salt preparations. The Schüssler salts, usually administered in tablet form, should be allowed to slowly dissolve on the tongue in the mouth. For the treatment of canker sores in the mouth, the Schüssler salt No. 12 ’Calcium sulfuricum’ D6 is recommended. The main task is to treat and improve joint problems and osteoarthritis.Furthermore, it should also curb purulent processes.
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Treatment with the help of homeopathy
Many sufferers like to use homeopathic remedies to reduce the symptoms of canker sores and to accelerate the healing process. Homeopathy is based on the concept of similarity. That means treating like with like. Various homeopathic remedies are suitable for treating canker sores. Examples here are, for example, Borax 5CH or 9CH. However, an experienced homeopath should advise extensively in order to find the individually correct homeopathic remedy. Everyone reacts differently to the different substances. To support homeopathic treatment, there are special mouthwashes available in pharmacies that can be used. These have a calming effect and accelerate wound healing.
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Treatment of canker sores in the genital area
In addition to the mouth and throat, canker sores can rarely occur in the genital area. The reason for this is that canker sores form mainly in the area of the mucous membranes.
The canker sores also cause unpleasant pain in the genital area. The pain can be relieved using ointments, tinctures, pain relievers or sprays available in pharmacies. In this context, these treatments usually also have an anti-inflammatory effect and accelerate the healing process.
Patients often resort to home remedies that can alleviate symptoms. These include Honey, baking powder, tea tree oil or chamomile tincture. These home remedies can be carefully applied to the affected areas in the genital area using a cotton swab.
If the canker sores occur repeatedly and repeatedly in the genital area, it is recommended to be tested for Behçet's disease. This is an inflammatory disease of the blood vessels that affects, among other things, expresses itself in increased aphthous ulcers. However, a weakened immune system is often the trigger for the formation of canker sores. For this reason, immunostimulating agents can also be taken to treat the canker sores.
Treatment of canker sores by the dentist
The attending dentist usually prescribes ointments, pain relievers or sprays that can be used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Many drugs are also available without a prescription. In order to treat the painful canker sores, patients can optionally have them etched by the dentist. There is usually no need to treat canker sores, just relieve the pain they cause.
Etching of the affected tissue by the dentist can accelerate the healing process of the canker sores. The dentist uses trichloroacetic acid or silver nitrate solution to burn the canker sores. The small burn caused by the etching on the affected area has subsided in most cases after a few days. Another option is to have the canker sores lasered by the treating dentist.
Other treatment options
There is no direct therapy against canker sores. If canker sores have occurred, various pain relievers, ointments, creams or sprays can be used. In addition to these conventional treatment options, there are other agents that have hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and drying effects on the mucous membrane. These include rhubarb extract, myrrh tincture, or silver nitrate.
In addition to various home remedies, there are also various medicinal plants and essential oils for treating canker sores. To support each therapy, you can gargle with salt water several times a day or use special mouthwashes. In general, however, it is important that the canker sores cannot be treated directly due to their unexplained cause. However, one can try to reduce the occurrence by minimizing risk factors.
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