Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, are small, shallow sores that form inside the mouth, often on the lips, tongue, or gums. They can be painful and cause discomfort, and can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as stress, injury to the mouth, acidic or spicy foods, hormonal changes, or a weakened immune system.
They are not contagious and can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, injury, certain foods, and a weakened immune system.
Symptoms of Canker Sores include:
Small, round or oval sores with a red border and a white or yellow center
Pain or burning sensation in the affected area
Difficulty speaking or eating due to the location of the sore
Swelling or redness around the sore
A small bump or blister that breaks open and turns into an ulcer
Treatment for canker sores
Treatment for canker sores on the lip typically involves relieving the pain and promoting healing.
Over-the-counter pain relievers
Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help reduce pain and swelling. Topical gels and creams that contain numbing agents, such as benzocaine, can also be applied directly to the sore for relief.
In severe cases, a doctor may prescribe a topical or oral corticosteroid to reduce inflammation and pain. Antibiotic ointments or rinses may also be recommended if the canker sore is infected.
Maintain good oral hygiene
To prevent canker sores on the lip, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene, avoid spicy or acidic foods, and manage stress. If canker sores are a frequent problem, a doctor may recommend taking a daily vitamin or mineral supplement to strengthen the immune system.
Antimicrobial or antiviral mouthwashes
Antimicrobial or antiviral mouthwashes, such as those containing lidocaine, can help reduce the pain and speed up the healing process. Prescription medications, such as corticosteroids or antiviral drugs, may also be recommended for more severe or persistent outbreaks.
In addition to medical treatments, there are also several home remedies that may help soothe canker sores, such as rinsing the mouth with salt water, applying a mixture of baking soda and water to the sore, or applying a warm tea bag to the affected area.
It is also important to maintain good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly, and avoiding spicy or acidic foods that may irritate the sores.
Canker sores are common and painful sores that can form inside the mouth, often on the lips. They can be caused by a variety of factors and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, topical anesthetics, prescription medications, or home remedies. Maintaining good oral hygiene can also help prevent or reduce the severity of outbreaks. If you experience frequent or severe canker sores, it is best to consult a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.