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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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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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I burned my lip with silver nitrate & then scrubbed the stain off with salt water, taking lip skin off. I now have a blistered lip. Do i keep it dry?

I burned my lip with silver nitrate & then scrubbed the stain off with salt water, taking lip skin off. I now have a blistered lip. Do i keep it dry?

Moist: Moist wounds heal better then those allowed to dry out and scab. I sugguest keeping it moistened with a topical antibiotic. Also i would have the area evaluated by a dermatologist in your area. ...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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