If you are a frequent sufferer of mouth ulcers, chances are there are few things that you desire more during the course of an outbreak than a mouth ulcer medicine. Unfortunately, there are very few mouth ulcer treatment medicines out there that provide comprehensive treatment. Most mouth ulcer treatments are designed merely to provide pain relief, and therefore many people are forced to combine two or more mouth ulcer treatments in order to achieve their desired results. Whenever you combine medications (including drugs with natural and homeopathic cures and treatments) it is important to research any potential interactions or side effects that may go along with combining treatments.
The most popular medicine for mouth ulcers is a topical cream or gel which has the active ingredient benzocaine, which is a topical anesthetic. This medication works by effectively numbing the mouth ulcer and the area directly surrounding it. While this may appear to be an effective pain management treatment, the fact is that benzocaine is notorious for causing allergic reactions among its users. Not to mention the fact that simply by way of doing its job and numbing the mouth, benzocaine can actually cause a frightening condition known as pulmonary aspiration, due to the fact that it relaxes the gag reflex, which can allow the contents of the stomach or mouth to enter the lungs. Using this medication, taking a drink and then heading off to bed can actually be deadly. This is one of the reasons that infant concentrations of this topical medication are so much more diluted than those intended for adults. Never use adult-strength dosages on children.
Perhaps the most effective medicine for a mouth ulcer is the one that you concoct yourself. There are numerous home remedies for mouth ulcers that have been used as standby treatment methods for generations. In fact, many home mouth ulcer treatments take into consideration inflammation control and infection prevention in addition to pain relief. Mixing a small amount of turmeric powder with about one teaspoon of glycerin and applying the paste directly to a mouth ulcer, for example, is among the most effective and time honored mouth ulcer treatment.
Finally, perhaps the most effective mouth ulcer medicine is simply antiseptic mouthwash. Gargling two to three times daily, as directed on the mouthwash bottle is a great way to ease the pain caused by mouth ulcers, to protect against infection and to prevent them from spreading.
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