Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Controlling Mouth Ulcers

Monday, 19 December 2011 09:52 AM

Question: I’ve had mouth ulcers for over 15 years now. I’m 40 years old and was wondering if you knew a way to control them. I’ve seen many doctors for this condition and none of them seem to be able to offer me a treatment.

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Mouth ulcers are sores in the mouth that can cause pain and discomfort, and can be due to numerous reasons. If the exact cause is known, treatment can relieve symptoms. Usually, antihistamines, antacids, corticosteroids, or other soothing preparations may be recommended for applying directly to the ulcer. If no definite cause is known, avoid hot or spicy foods, which often increase the pain of mouth ulcers, and maintain a gentle thorough oral hygiene routine, that includes brushing teeth and rinsing after every meal.

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