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Canker Sore on Gum: When to Seek Medical Care

Canker sore along gum line is often considered as a common and small problem. It is because canker sores often come and go during a person’s life. They usually stay for about two weeks and heal naturally on their own. Although the pain can be unbearable especially for the first three to five days, some people are reluctant to seek medical attention because there are a lot of home remedies that can help cure the sores. The remedies are often cheaper and easier to find. Furthermore, some remedies like alum, salt water, and tea tree oil are very helpful to relieve the symptoms that people see no necessity to go to a doctor to get medical treatment.


Treatment For Canker Sores on Gums

It is true that those remedies can serve as a traditional treatment to cure canker sores. However, people with canker sores may have a different condition. For severe ulcers, perhaps the remedies are less effective. That is why medical treatment is still needed.

There are times when you should seek medical care. First, it is when you are not really sure about the diagnosis. Many people often confuse canker sores with cold sores because the symptoms of those two diseases are similar. While canker sores can wait for the treatment, cold sores cannot. So, it is better to ask a doctor to get the sores diagnosed. Second, you should go to see a doctor if the condition worsens and you cannot control the pain. Normally canker sores gradually get better after the three to five days. It the sores worsens, there is a possibility of further complications. For your information, lesions that last for more than three weeks increase the concern for oral cancer. The likelihood is getting bigger if you smoke tobacco or drink alcohol.

Third, medical treatment is necessary when you feel not only basic symptoms (swelling, pain, bleeding, burning sensation, and white round ulcers in the mouth) but also other symptoms. For example, if you have diarrhea, it may be not a canker sore but it may indicate that there is a problem with your digestive system. The likelihood of the presence of another disease can also be seen from the location of the ulcers. If the ulcers are found other than the mouth, it indicates that there is a sexually transmitted disease. Therefore, you should pay attention to any symptoms that you feel. Besides doing some tests, doctors will diagnose your disease based on the symptoms.

Visiting a doctor is not as frightening as you imagine. You can either go to a doctor or dentist. First of all, the doctor will ask you some question to find out your health history and observe the ulcers. In most cases, there usually no testing conducted by the doctor. Tests are performed, such as biopsy or blood tests only if the diagnosis is uncertain. Then, the doctor will prescribe some medicine to decrease symptoms. The medicine generally includes painkiller in the form of a paste, anti-inflammatory medicine, and sometimes vitamins or supplements. No antibiotics are needed because canker sores are not caused by a virus.