Silver nitrate for canker sores - Doctor answers

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How does silver nitrate help canker sores?

How does silver nitrate help canker sores?

Yes and no: Silver nitrate causes pain relief by burning the surface tissue of the ulcer, then it heals. Placing a protective ointment is another option to cover the ulcer while it is healing and can be obtained from your dentist. ...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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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?

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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Is silver nitrate an effective solution for nose bleeding?

Is silver nitrate an effective solution for nose bleeding?

No.: Nosebleeds are most associated with nasal dryness, nasal trauma including picking, nasal deformity including septal deviation, and having thin blood from blood thinners or other medical conditions. Silver nitrate can seal prominent blood vessels on the septum but if none of the above factors change, the bleeding can recur after weeks, months, or years. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from silver nitrate treatment of cervical erosion?

How long does it take to recover from silver nitrate treatment of cervical erosion?

One week: If the silver nitrate treatment is not disturbed by tampons or intercourse. ...Read more

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New born babies bad reactions to silver nitrate treatment. Had to be hospitalized. What to watch for now that he is home?

New born babies bad reactions to silver nitrate treatment. Had to be hospitalized. What to watch for now that he is home?

Drug Reactipn: Unfortunately, this reaction is seen in rare cases as a one time occurrence. Your baby may be sensitive to Silver Nitrate, so keep in mind when writing drug reactions for his medical chart in the future. ...Read more

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I have cervical ectropion. Dr. treated it with silver nitrate yesterday. Moderate to heavy clotty bleeding today. Is this a normal side effect?

I have cervical ectropion. Dr. treated it with silver nitrate yesterday. Moderate to heavy clotty bleeding today. Is this a normal side effect?

Why Treated?: Cervical Ectropion is usually a normal, asymptomatic variation of the cervix, rarely requiring treatment unless vaginal discharge or post-coital (after sex) bleeding is very bothersome. The 1st treatment is usually to stop OCPs (like Yaz) which are often the cause of this phenomenon, Otherwise electrocautery is performed to ablate the bleeding vessels. Silver nitrate is not as effective. ...Read more

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How long will there be any odor after silver nitrate treatment for granulation? Had a total hysterectomy 5 months ago due to cancer. Nervous!

How long will there be any odor after silver nitrate treatment for granulation? Had a total hysterectomy 5 months ago due to cancer. Nervous!

No odor: Silver nitrate does not produce an odor. When used with a granuloma that is not healing well the silver acts as an antiseptic and allows for faster healing of a granulomatous wound. It was originally used in Argerol as a mouth wash and has been employed at other sites to heal a raw wound. Any odor wound come from an underlying seroma in a wound and should be checked by Gyn surgeon. ...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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