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can i use a silver nitrate stick to burn off an aphthous ulcer?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Resolves on its own: Most apthous ulcers resolve on their own. As annoying as they are, it's always best if a problem can be solved by your own body.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
No: It's not a good idea to burn an ulcer. The best way to deal with it is to stop your mouth from being a source of inflammation. I tell my patients to use antacid liquid rinses after each meal and before bed and to stay away from acids in general.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Not recommended: There are several prescription ointments for canker sores that sooth and heal. There is also an ointment called kenalog (triamcinolone) in orabase that acts like an oral bandage to soothe and protect. You should consult your dentist. The cause and frequency is very important. Need a good history and may need a culture or biopsy if it won't resolve.

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