Canker Sores Overview
What are canker sores?
A person with canker sores has crater-like sores on the surface of the mouth or lip. Mouth ulcers may be caused by injury, inflammation, or infection. Common causes of mouth ulcers include cold sores, gingivitis, and dentures.
What are the symptoms of canker sores?
Symptoms of canker sores include mouth or tongue sores, mouth pain, tongue pain, mouth swelling, tongue swelling, tongue redness, difficulty chewing, difficulty swallowing, fever, and swollen glands in the neck.
How does the doctor treat canker sores?
The treatment for canker sores depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for canker sores may include mouth rinses, antiseptic mouthwash, saltwater gargles, antibiotics, antiviral medications, vitamin B12 supplements, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
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