The Difference Between Cold Sores and Canker Sores, Part II
How do we treat canker sores (Apthous Ulcer)?
Treatment is pallative, for comfort only. These lesions will disappear completely in 7 – 10 days with or without treatment. The problem is these ulcerated lesions can be quite painful!
For a Small Lesion
- OTC topical anesthetic, (contains benzocaine, e.g. Orabase with benzocaine)
- A prescribed topical corticosteroid ointment
For a Larger and More Painful Lesion
- In office treatment
- Debacterol – applied by your dentist and it basically cauterizes the lesion
- Low-level laser treatment. This is my preferred method and usually provides immediate pain relief
Cold Sore Treatment, Part III