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Is it ok to put aspirin directly on canker sore in throat (carefully using Qtip)? Salt water rinse not helping. Doctor confirmed canker sore.

Is it ok to put aspirin directly on canker sore in throat (carefully using Qtip)? Salt water rinse not helping. Doctor confirmed canker sore.

NO!: Aspirin made to be taken orally with copious water, not applied topically. Put directly on tissue will actually burn the area, retard healing, cause sloughing, and may leave a scar. ASPIRIN IS NOT TO BE USED TOPICALLY. Canker sore will heal on its own in 7-10 days. You can dab on, w Q-tip, Orabase-B (an OTC). Or you can block pain transmission by taking Aspirin or Advil (ibuprofen) as per pkg directions. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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Canker Sores (Definition)

Almost everyone is infected with this herpes virus. The first episode is usualy in early childhood. It is dramaticaly different from all the later events. The virus is always present. When your immune system is weakened (stress, disease, almost anything) the viri end up stronger than your immune system. They do their job, and ...Read more


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Please tell me, could a canker sore spread to my throat?

Please tell me, could a canker sore spread to my throat?

Unlikely: A true canker sore is a local auto-immune condition that results from different types of stress. It usually doesn't "spread" as you describe. If you have large patches in your mouth that are ulcerating, then that is indicative of a larger systemic auto-immune problem. Otherwise, you likely have a pharyngitis that is unrelated to the canker sore. Either way, you should see a physician. ...Read more

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White spot like canker sore under tongue. Painful to talk, swallow, eat. Has been sore for 3 days now. What is it? Treatment?

White spot like canker sore under tongue. Painful to talk, swallow, eat. Has been sore for 3 days now. What is it? Treatment?

Oral Discomfort: It appears as though you may be suffering from dehydration related to your "intestinal issues". This may stress your body enough that you develop canker sores or oral lesions that resemble them. However, "sores" under the tongue should be examined thoroughly by a dentist, oral surgeon or oral pathologist to eliminate the possibility of a potentially more serious condition. ...Read more

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My husband keeps getting a huge canker sore in the back of his mouth, almost throat . It goes away and comes back. What could be causing it?

My husband keeps getting a huge canker sore in the back of his mouth, almost throat . It goes away and comes back. What could be causing it?

A virus: A good economical fix is to go to your local pharmacy an buy a product called zilactin. Dry the ulcer with cotton tip applicator the apply a small pea sized drop of the gel. Wait until the gel becomes opaque. Plain zilactin stings. Zilactin recognized this and added Benzocaine to their product. The mixture is called zilactin b. You might have a vitamin deficiency. Check with your primary care. ...Read more

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Throat sore 2.5 days, no other symptom. Poss. Exposure to strep. Just looked--looks like canker sore surrounded by redness, s. Palate. No worry?

Throat sore 2.5 days, no other symptom. Poss. Exposure to strep. Just looked--looks like canker sore surrounded by redness, s. Palate. No worry?

May be viral: If there is a single sore and you have no other symptoms (no headache, no stomach ache, no fever), the sore throat may well be a virus. Treatment for that is supportive. If you develop any of the above symptoms in addition, however, and do not have symptoms such as stuffy nose or cough, see your doctor to make sure you do not have strep. ...Read more

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Had canker sore and applied undiluted clove oil. Now, bigger more painful sore. Think it's burn from oil. Hard to talk/eat. Advice for treatment? Thx

Had canker sore and applied undiluted clove oil. Now, bigger more painful sore. Think it's burn from oil. Hard to talk/eat. Advice for treatment? Thx

Call your dentist: This sounds miserable and the clove oil aggravated it. Unfortunately there isn't much that can help resolve a canker sore quicker. Call your dentist to see if it needs to be looked at. ...Read more

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How ro treat a canker sore in your throat?

Time: No magic bullet but topical antibiotic or table salt may possibly be helpful for some. Unlike cold sores, there is little evidence to suggest that this is caused by a viral infection. ...Read more

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How to heal a canker sore on back of throat?

How to heal a canker sore on back of throat?

Wrong area: Canker sore does not occur in the back of the throat. Get a doctor to see what it might be and get proper treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a canker sore in your throat?

Yes: Apthous ulcers and herpes can occur in the throat. Herpes in the throat is known herpes esophagitis, herpes of the throat or esophagus is extremely rare. See you physician to determine what kind of lesion it is. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Aphthous Stomatitis (Definition)

Are small, benign but painful ulcers of the mouth and throat. They generally resolve on their own in 10-14 days. There are various over the counter remedies that ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more