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How does silver nitrate help canker sores?

How does silver nitrate help canker sores?

Nerve endings: Silver nitrate, sulfuric acid, or citric acid are common medications applied to a canker sore. It chemically cauterizes the nerve endings in the area. The result is a potentially longer lasting ulcer but it doesn't hurt during the healing period. ...Read more

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Canker Sore (Definition)

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small, light-colored, painful sores ...Read more


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Can silver nitrate applicators be used to get rid of canker sores faster?

Can silver nitrate applicators be used to get rid of canker sores faster?

Sometimes: I prefer, mixing iodine to glycerin (one part iodine, 4 parts glycerin) mix and apply small amount with cotton tip applicator. ...Read more

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Is it safe to order silver nitrate sticks online and apply it to a canker sore under my tongue without going to the dentist?

Is it safe to order silver nitrate sticks online and apply it to a canker sore under my tongue without going to the dentist?

Not good idea: I suppose you could do that, but i would not advise it. Silver nitrate sticks work well for active bleeding, but likely would not do much more that make this sore hurt more and possibly delay healing.Better to rinse with salt water. You can apply orajel to the area for comfort while eating if needed. Dry with cotton tip and apply. Anything stronger and you risk increased irritation. ...Read more

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Can I use a silver nitrate stick to burn off an aphthous ulcer?

Can I use a silver nitrate stick to burn off an aphthous ulcer?

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. ...Read more

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Signs to look for ombilical infection being watched and treated with silver nitrate ?

Signs to look for ombilical infection being watched and treated with silver nitrate

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Tricky: ohhh... not in a newborn! cannot say in your particular case, but generally, in the adult, there would be a break in the skin, redness, soreness, warmth, redness and purulence (possibly below the surface). ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to pop a blister caused by silver nitrate?

Is it dangerous to pop a blister caused by silver nitrate?

Not advisable: The silver nitrate is likely being used to treat the area; let it do its work. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long after silver nitrate is applied to the umbilical cord stump will it dry up?

How long after silver nitrate is applied to the umbilical cord stump will it dry up?

Pretty quickly: I seldom use this unless I am treating an oozing remnant, but it drys the tissue it touches almost immediately. Occasionally i'll have to retreat in a day or two if they were very soupy at the start. ...Read more

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