Sunday, March 23, 2008

Treatment of mouth ulcers

Mariana Bte Mohamed , a Unity NTUC healthcare pharmacist in Singapore provides the following D-I-Y treatments:

  • Application of topical gels, pastes or mouthwashes that contain anaesthetics (lidocaine), pain reliever (choline salicylate, benzydamine), anti-inflammatory (benzydamine or corticosteroid such as triamcinolone).
  • Gargling with warm salt water (half a teaspoon salt in one cup of water).
  • Using a diluted chlorhexidine or other antiseptic mouthwash once a day to reduce the duration of the ulcers.
  • Avoiding foods that are spicy, acidic, salty or particularly hot or cold which can worsen the symptoms.
  • Rinsing the mouth with iced water before a meal makes eating possible.
  • Drinking cooled camomile tea.
  • Taking herbs such as Echinacea to build immunity.
  • Painkillers such as soluble paracetamol or ibuprofen can help to reduce pain.

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