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what works best for canker sores?

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Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 9 years experience
Many: OTC meds are useful for treatment of canker sores.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Canker sores: are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. Complications of canker sores can include fever, swollen glands, and feeling run-down. If concerned, see your doctor for evaluation.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What is best for canker sores?

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
Best: TIME: Though i routinely prescribe nsaids to control pain from canker sores during the 3-5 days that they are uncomfortable. In rare cases, called "major aphthae" i will prescribe a short course of oral corticosteroid--especially if the lesion/s interfere with swallowing or speech. If on other areas, can be cauterized with a laser or chemicals. If Ibuprofen doesn't cut it, call your dentist for help.
Lake Oswego, OR
A member asked:

For the past 4 months I have been getting canker sores on a regular basis, sometimes three at a time. It makes it hard to eat and drink enough fluids. What's the best way to treat these and should I see my doctor about this monthly issue? Canker Sores

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Dr. Elton Behner
Dentistry 37 years experience
Discuss this with: your doctor. You may need to be on a prevention/maintenance dose fo an antiviral medicine for several months.
San Jose, CA
A 26-year-old male asked:

What are the best treatments for canker sores?

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Dr. Andrea Gonzalez Gamez
Specializes in General Practice
Canker sores: Treatment usually isn't necessary for minor canker sores, which tend to clear on their own in a week or two. But large, or unusually painful sores often need medical care. Over-the-counter and prescription products (pastes, creams, gels ) may help relieve pain and speed healing if applied to individual sores as soon as they appear. Ask your dentist for advice on which works better for you!

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