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I've been treating my canker sore with salt, alum and orajel. It has turned black. Is that normal? Why would that happen?

I've been treating my canker sore with salt, alum and orajel. It has turned black. Is that normal? Why would that happen?

Tissue damage: Canker sores self-heal in 10 days to 2 weeks. Your well meaning but over-zealous attempts at self-treatment did damage to your tissues and may leave a scar. Please see your Dentist for care rather than a DIY approach. ...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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I am 16 week pregnant, i have canker sore in my throat, is it safe orajel for my baby?

I am 16 week pregnant, i have canker sore in my throat, is it safe orajel for my baby?

Yes: No problem with this. Do not overdo it because you may make it worse. Warm salt water rinses (1 tsp/8oz ) 4-5 times a day really help. Dry the area with a Q-tip first then apply oragel or baby oragel with a Q-tip. Good Luck. Good to consider the effects on your baby. ...Read more

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Canker sore help me in so much pain!?

Canker sore help me in so much pain!?

Licorice: Licorice has been used since ancient times to treat canker sores in the mouth. Also, small studies show it can be effective when used as a mouthwash -- 50-75% improvement in 1 day. http://tinyurl.com/kr9aeau sucking on dgl lozenges may work also. Other studies showed positive results with a dissolving licorice disk placed on the sore. http://tinyurl.com/mdvde3o. ...Read more

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I have had this canker sore for a week?

I have had this canker sore for a week?

Canker sore : Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days or visit today for laser immediate amelioration. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a canker sore?

Canker Sores: Generally, canker sores are painful and have a white crater in the center surrounded by a rim of bright red inflammation. They usually go away after a few days, but there are ways to treat them with topical cortisone or an injection or cortisone that will make them resolve much faster. See you dermatologist for help. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a canker sore.?

Mouth ulcer: Ulcer or opening in the normal mucosal barrier of the mouth usually about half the size of a dime...Much like a brush burn which is a break in the skin barrier it can be painful .... Multiple possibilties as to the etiology...If it is chronic non urgent medical evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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What exactly is the fastest way to heal a canker sore?

Canker sores: are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days or visit today for laser immediate amelioration. ...Read more

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Can a canker sore bleed?

Can a canker sore bleed?

Canker sore: Canker sores are also known as aphthous ulcers or aphthous stomatitis. They are small ulcer craters in the lining of the mouth that are frequently painful and sensitive. If rubbed they can bleed so they will heal in about two weeks, try not to touch them or scratch them. ...Read more

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Why is my canker sore bleeding?

Why is my canker sore bleeding?

Raw tissue: The tissue (mucosa) is very irritated and thin which causes bleeding. ...Read more

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Orajel (Definition)

Orajel is a trade name for a topical preparation of benzocaine...A local anesthetic. It is used topically to numb the area to which it is applied. Typically, it is applied to oral tissues to reduce pain from canker sores, sore gums or other sensitive areas of the mouth. It is ...Read more


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