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how to treat an aphthous ulcer at back of throat?

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Dr. Jeffrey Krantz
Dentistry 9 years experience
Palliatively: Really only to alleviate symptoms. An aphthous ulcer is self limiting and will go away in a week with treatment and seven days without. The problem is comfort. Topical ora gel can help.
Dr. John Vravick
Periodontics 32 years experience
Ulcers last 1-2weeks: Ulcers usually last one to two weeks. Avoid irritating the area and try over the counter medication!
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Canker sores: The most common observable lesions in the oral cavity and back of the throat. Individual ulcers typically last 7-10 days. The topical anesthetic otc application is recommended. In your case use a long q-tip for the application. Rec.: see your pcp if concerned.

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Everytime I go to a pool or beach I get a pain in my stomach and throat I go in at any distance in it. I am currently not on any medication.Ideas?

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