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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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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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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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My mom said that as a result of abnormal Pap smear, she had to get silver nitrate on her cervix. Was this caused by hpv?

My mom said that as a result of abnormal Pap smear, she had to get silver nitrate on her cervix. Was this caused by hpv?

You could ask: We would need to see the pap smear to comment on the specifics. Most abnormal pap smears are caused by HPV changes. ...Read more

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