Complex Canker Sore Treatment
Because they're usually a symptom of an underlying health condition, treating the condition is one way to treat complex canker sores. Once the health issue is under control, let's hope your canker sores go away.
During a complex canker sore outbreak, though, you might seek out some over-the-counter treatments to aid in pain reduction and the healing process. A study published in StatPearls and available on the National Center for Biotechnology Information site suggests trying one of the following treatments.
Analgesics (temporary anesthetic): Analgesics are numbing products containing medicines like benzocaine to help relieve the pain for a short time. Analgesics typically come in liquid and gel forms, which can be washed away by saliva. Just follow product package instructions on application frequency.
Occlusives: These protective films adhere to cover the sore and guard it during the healing process. They're available at most drugstores and typically last longer than analgesic medicines.
Antiseptics: With active ingredients like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), chlorhexidine gluconate, or hydrogen peroxide, antiseptics can speed healing by killing excess bacteria around the sore.
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs: Taking over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen might alleviate the swelling and pain associated with canker sores. Make sure to follow package instructions and only take as directed.
If your canker sores are especially severe, your doctor might also suggest:
- An antibiotic or another prescription medication to treat any accompanying infection.
- A corticosteroid to reduce swelling and help heal your sores.
Since complex canker sores are usually the symptom of something more serious, it's important to make an appointment with your health care provider to explore and diagnose the true reasons for these sores. Don't let them disrupt your life. A treatment plan can help you with the pain and enhance healing, so the only thing you feel is relief.