What is the treatment of Cold Sores and Infections?

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Jan 18, 2013

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Treatment depends on the type of your condition


Canker Sores: These oral lesions take about 7-10 days to heal. Your doctor may prescribe topical ointments and pain relievers for temporary relief. Antimicrobial mouth rinses at times can help to decrease the irritation. Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent or treat secondary infection.


Cold Sores: These oral lesions take about 7 days to heal. There is no lasting cure for herpes infections. Cold sores can occur recurrently. Trigger factor for cold sores are emotional upset, exposure to sunlight, allergies or fever. Your doctor may prescribe topical anesthetics  for temporary relief and antiviral drugs to reduce the risk of recurrent infection.


Leukoplakia: Most important measure for treatment of leukoplakia is to remove factors that cause the lesions such as stop tobacco use, remove ill-fitting dentures. Your dentist will review your condition periodically like every three to six month, based on its type, location and size.


Candidiasis: Treatment of candidiasis requires eliminating factors that cause the lesions such as

  • Regularly cleaning dentures and removing it at night
  • If antibiotics or oral contraceptives are the underlying cause---- stop, reduce the dose or change of treatment may help
  • If you have dry mouth saliva substitutes may help
  • In addition maintain good oral hygiene. Antifungal medications may be needed.


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