Ulcers are not usually very pleasant, whether or not it is they occur within the stomach or intestinal tract or whether or not they occur elsewhere on the body. By the way, an ulcer is a general term often used to describe open or tender sores on the body.
In this case, we are referring to the ulcers of the mouth. Please keep reading for a further explanation of symptoms as well as examples of treatments used today. It will prepare you for what is ahead, and it will help you learn what to expect.
Cold sores and canker sores are two very common types of ulcers. Usually a cold sore appears on the outside of your mouth, and you can notice it first appear when you feel a tingling sensation.
Then, red blisters appear. It might itch and burn as well. This is different from a canker sore which appears on the inside of your mouth oftentimes near your gums.
The exterior cold sores are a form of herpes, and are caused by an HSV infection. Canker sores on the other hand are not a form of herpes, and can result from poor diet usually. These types are not contagious but the oral herpes are.
Mouth Ulcer Removal
Getting rid of a mouth ulcer is not easy. Doing so first requires that you find out what kind of mouth ulcer you have. Remember that a cold or canker sore is two very different things.
Then, you would choose one of these treatments (divided by category):
Cold Sore Treatment
- Canker sore treatment-An antiviral medication can be used to treat canker sores. One example of such is Docosanol, which is a topical medication. This solution should be applied up to five times a day.
- Make sure you do not pick at the blisters or sores. If you do, it can prolong the time that it takes for these sores to heal, and it can even cause the herpes virus to spread.
- Use a pain reliever. An over-the-counter pain reliever can really help sometimes. It takes away the pain of the sores or blisters you have. Aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are some choices.
Canker sore Treatment
- Use a mouthwash rinse-Tetracycline is one good example of such. It helps reduce pain and it also speeds up healing time. It is usually prescribed by a doctor.
- Find a topical solution. A number of over-the-counter and prescription remedies that are offered today. You can find a variety of them and some popular names of such include the following: amlexanox, fluocinonide, or debractoral.
Additional medical treatments might be available for treating herpes (mouth ulcers). You should talk to your doctor about these at will as you disclose your health history.
The length of time for treating mouth ulcers or canker sores may vary. Effectiveness of treatments also are also not the same for each person either, as each case is individualized.
Additional medical information about mouth ulcers and canker sores can be sought from your doctor. Treatment advice questions should be brought to the appropriate personnel as well.