Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Allergic Rash Erythema Multiforme Mouth Ulcers

Home care for painful mouth sores due to erythema multiforme includes:

  • Avoid citrus juices and salty or spicy foods.
  • Eat a soft diet. Cold drinks can help numb the mouth sores.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Oral numbing sprays may be used in adults and children over 2 years of age. Brand names include:
  • Use topical agents such as Gly-Oxide can be used directly on canker sores. You can make your own peroxide solution by diluting 1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide in 3 four parts water.
  • Use mouthwash after meals or warm saltwater gargles three times a day. Make this with one-half teaspoon (2.5 cc) of salt dissolved in one cup (240 cc) of warm water.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
  • Acetaminophen for pain

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Allergic Rash Erythema Multiforme References
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