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Mouth ulcers how to prevent and treat them ?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
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In brief: Aphthous ulcer

Aphthous (canker) ulcers may be caused by eating citrus fruits (e.
g., oranges and lemons), physical trauma, stress, lack of sleep, food allergies, immune system reactions, and vitamin deficiencies b12/folate, and iron. Treat with salt water rinse or over-the-counter mouthwashes, and non-prescription local anesthetics. Prescription oral-liquid steroids may help. These ulcers are very common.

In brief: Aphthous ulcer

Aphthous (canker) ulcers may be caused by eating citrus fruits (e.
g., oranges and lemons), physical trauma, stress, lack of sleep, food allergies, immune system reactions, and vitamin deficiencies b12/folate, and iron. Treat with salt water rinse or over-the-counter mouthwashes, and non-prescription local anesthetics. Prescription oral-liquid steroids may help. These ulcers are very common.
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
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In brief: Annoying ulcers

Aphthous ulcers (mouth ulcers or canker sores) are incredibly common.
We don't have a great idea what causes them but there are certain triggers like citrus, stress, alcohol - if you find your trigger, that's great! avoid it! doctors can give an antibiotic mouthwash like tetracycline which has shown some benefit in reducing symptoms. Lidocaine paste for the mouth can also help.

In brief: Annoying ulcers

Aphthous ulcers (mouth ulcers or canker sores) are incredibly common.
We don't have a great idea what causes them but there are certain triggers like citrus, stress, alcohol - if you find your trigger, that's great! avoid it! doctors can give an antibiotic mouthwash like tetracycline which has shown some benefit in reducing symptoms. Lidocaine paste for the mouth can also help.
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Rinsing the mouth with mixture of alcohol-based mouthwash & hydrogen peroxide can also help (but do not swallow it). OTC product Glyoxide produces peroxide foam than helps sooth & heal aphthous ulcers.
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