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How to Deal with Mouth Sores: Medications and Home Treatments

How to Deal with Mouth Sores: Medications and Home Treatments

Mouth sores, or singaw, are a painful burden for those who suddenly have it. While this condition goes away after about one to two weeks, dealing with it can be a difficult task. It can even affect some of our daily tasks, such as eating and drinking. Fortunately, there are certain medications or “gamot sa singaw” that aim to ease the pain brought by this condition. These can range from home remedies, over-the-counter medications, and, in some cases, medical care.

Here’s what you should know about medications and treatments for the painful sores in our mouths.

What Are Mouth Sores?

Singaw or mouth sores usually refer to the painful spots and lesions on the soft tissue of our mouths, gums, and tongue. You can immediately know whether you have a mouth sore as it is painful. If you look into a mirror, you can easily see the white or yellow spots around a reddish lining.

Mouth sores can go away over time, with certain “gamot sa singaw” providing faster healing and relief from the condition. However, not all mouth sores are the same and can differ in their location and root cause. Knowing the various types of singaw can help in determining the appropriate treatment for you.

  • Common mouth sores. These are often due to accidents, friction, burns, irritation, and infection.
  • Canker sores or aphthous ulcers. These non-contagious mouth ulcers manifest inside the mouth, including the cheeks, tongue, and interior parts of the lips. While exact causes are not known, experts assume that it can be due to an auto-immune condition, a compromised immune system due to diseases, or a response to an allergic substance. There are no medications or “gamot sa singaw” to get rid of this kind of sore.
  • Cold sores or fever blisters. This condition is a bit different from the other two as it is caused by herpes simplex viruses – type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV), which can spread through skin contact on the genitals and mouth.

When to Consult a Doctor

Mouth sores are not a serious concern as they usually go away after one to two weeks (10-14 days). There are even medications or “gamot sa singaw” available at pharmacies, as well as certain medical procedures.

Some mouth ulcers can worsen, signifying a more severe health concern, such as, in rare cases, mouth cancer. Here are some signs of a worsening mouth sore.

  • The sore on your mouth have lasted more than two weeks.
  • The sore frequently appears in your mouth.
  • The size of the spot becomes bigger than usual.
  • Aside from pain and redness, blood shows up on the sore.
  • You’re experiencing fever and rashes.

Gamot sa Singaw: Medical Treatments

Mouth sores can ruin your day, even though it does go away after a couple of weeks. Still, the best thing that you can do is to treat the sore and ease the pain through medication. What are the different kinds of “gamot sa singaw”?

  • Prescribed dexamethasone oral rinse. Dexamethasone is a kind of corticosteroid that is known to lessen pain and inflammation on your mouth. Doctors may recommend a mouth rinse containing this substance to relieve the painful sensations from your mouth sore.
  • Topical creams, pastes, and gels. Depending on the ingredients present in these topical creams, you can buy these “gamot sa singaw” over the counter (such as those that contain Benzocaine and Hydrogen peroxide) or as prescribed by your doctor (such as Fluocinocide ointments).
  • Oral medicines. Your doctor may prescribe oral treatments such as Sucralfate and Colchicine. While not directly aimed towards treating mouth sores, these can minimize the pain and inflammation.
  • Cauterization. This electro-surgical process involves removing a part of your skin with a lesion by burning it with heat. These usually involve chemical solutions such as Silver Nitrate and Debacterol.
  • Oral supplements. In cases where sores are due to weak immunity, doctors may recommend vitamin B-6 and B-12, folate, and zinc supplements to aid in providing nutrients to your body. While not a direct medication or “gamot sa singaw,” this can improve your immunity which, in turn, can prevent mouth sores.

Home Treatments for Singaw

Aside from the above medications or “gamot sa singaw,” you can also make use of these home treatments and practices to ease the pain from the sore on your mouth.

  • Homemade mouth rinse. Combine a cup of water, ¼ tsp. of baking soda, and 1/8 tsp. of salt to create your mouth rinse. Rinse your mouth and treat the sore using the solution.
  • Homemade topical mouth paste. Mix baking soda and water to create a paste. Apply a part of the paste to the infected sore.
  • Refrain from eating certain food items. Eating spicy, hot, or hard food items can trigger pain in the infected region. Instead, try consuming softer and food items that are not painful to the mouth.
  • Careful personal hygiene. Try using softer toothbrushes and soft mouth swabs. Avoid toothpaste and mouthwash with strong ingredients. Gently clean your teeth to avoid further friction on the sore.

Key Takeaway

Mouth sores are a painful and irritating condition that tends to go away after one or two weeks. Even though it is unlikely that you should be concerned for your health, it can temporarily affect your everyday life.

Medical treatments and home medications, or “gamot sa singaw,” are available to provide relief. Practicing good personal hygiene and being cautious about what you take into your body can also help in avoiding frequent occurrences of mouth sores. As mouth sores can affect your quality of life, prevention is always better than cure.

Learn more about Oral Care here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Mouth ulcers, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/mouth-ulcers, Accessed October 20, 2021

Mouth ulcers, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/mouth-ulcers, Accessed October 20, 2021

Canker Sores, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/10945-canker-sores, Accessed October 20, 2021

Mouth sores, https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003059.htm, Accessed October 20, 2021

Canker Sore, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/canker-sore/symptoms-causes/syc-20370615, Accessed October 20, 2021

Cold and Canker Sores, https://uhs.umich.edu/coldcankersores, Accessed October 20, 2021

Cancer: Home Treatment for Mouth Sores, https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/not259233, Accessed October 20, 2021

Dexamethasone, https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682792.html, Accessed October 20, 2021

Curettage and cautery, https://dermnetnz.org/topics/curettage-and-cautery, Accessed October 20, 2021

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Written by Dan Navarro Updated a week ago
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