Aphthous Ulcers Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Aphthous Ulcers treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Aphthous Ulcers

Aphthous ulcers usually resolve on their own within 1 to 2 weeks. Treatments for aphthous ulcers are not usually necessary. However, treatment options for especially painful or persistent aphthous ulcers may include the following:

Oral Pain Relieving Rinses or Gels

An oral rinse (eg, viscous lidocaine, amlexanox, diphenhydramine mouthwash, Maalox Advanced Regular Strength liquid) may be used every three hours or before meals. This provides short-term relief from pain caused by aphthous ulcers. In addition, over-the-counter, anti-pain oral gels can be applied directly on the sores usually four times daily to numb the area and relieve pain temporarily.

Oral Antibiotic Rinse

For multiple sores, a liquid form of the antibiotic tetracycline can be used as an oral rinse four times daily for 10 days. The liquid can coat the ulcers and prevent new ulcers from forming. Sometimes, as a side effect, this treatment can cause an oral infection called Vaginal Yeast Infection , or thrush, which is easily treated.


For severe outbreaks of minor or major aphthous ulcers, steroids may be taken. It is usually in the form of a liquid oral rinse after meals and at bedtime. Steroids help reduce inflammation of the mouth caused by severe sores.


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