Side Effect Of Cleaning Canker Sores With Alcohol?

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Are there any risks to cleaning canker sores with alcohol? Can it cause cancer?

1 Answer:

Hello good morning Delvin.

Thrush (stomatitis) is a condition where there are sores in the mouth (it can be on the inside of the cheeks, inside the lips, gums, tongue, or the roof of the mouth). The wound is round or oval, white or yellowish in color, with a reddish area around the wound. These sores can cause pain or discomfort.

Thrush can be caused by several conditions:

trauma to the inside of the mouth, for example due to braces, sharp pieces of teeth that 'scratch' the tongue, tongue biting, etc.
medical conditions such as iron deficiency, vitamin B 12, viral infections (for example due to hand mouth and foot disease / HMFD), inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract (such as Crohn's disease), etc.
side effects of treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, etc.
hormonal changes (in women during menstruation)

Thrush generally does not require drugs and will get better on its own in 10-14 days. However, in order not to wait long, especially with discomfort, several treatments for canker sores can be given. Treatment of thrush can include using mouthwash that does not contain alcohol, antiseptic with 1% povidone iodine, topical corticosteroid drugs (such as dexamethasone, trimcinolone, fluocinoide, clobetasol), topical antibiotics or drops (tetracycline, chlorhexidene gluconate and hydrogen peroxide).

There are no studies that mention that the use of alcohol for thrush can cause cancer, but this does not necessarily mean that someone can use alcohol to treat thrush. Handling canker sores using alcohol is not recommended, because alcohol can cause the lining of the mouth to become dry and irritate the wound, aggravating the condition and causing more pain. Oral thrush drugs currently prohibited by the Food and Drug Administration (BPOM) are drugs containing Policresulen. Policresulen is the result of condensation of metacresolsufonic acid and methanol. These substances can cause irritation, canker sores that are enlarged and perforated, and also infection.

Here are some suggestions for treating thrush naturally:

gargle with a saline solution (half a teaspoon of salt and a glass of water) 3-4 times a day
compress the wound with ice cubes until the ice cubes melt
drink a lot of water
gargle with an alcohol-free mouthwash
do not touch the canker sores
do not consume spicy and acidic foods so that irritation does not get worse
avoid smoking, alcoholic drinks, foods / drinks that are too hot, soft drinks, foods that have a structure that can injure mouth sores such as chips
consume foods that are high in vitamin V, vitamin B, and iron
use the aid of a straw to drink if the mouth is very painful

I hope this helps.

Greetings, dr. Denisa

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