If you’ve had them, you hate them….mouth ulcers. Ulcers in the mouth, also known as apthous ulcers, are sores in the mouth that are red on the edges and yellow or grayish white in the center. A common condition, one in five adults suffer from recurrent mouth ulcers and they can be tremendously painful. The most common causes of these ulcers are stress, trauma and viruses. Generally these lesions resolve with or without treatment in 10 days to two weeks. Sores that persist for longer than two weeks should be evaluated by your dentist or other healthcare professional. Typically the most painful stage is between days 4 and 8 and ibuprofen may help alleviate some of the discomfort. A sufferer may find it difficult to eat and experience general malaise. There are also over-the-counter medications designed for treatment of mouth ulcers. Ask your pharmacist for guidance on the right over-the-counter medication for you. We have found rinsing with a mixture of equal parts Kaopectate® and liquid Benadryl® helps to manage the pain by numbing the affected area. Remember, this is a rinse and not intended to be swallowed, although both products are safe for consumption in most individuals. Should you have any questions about this article or about your specific situation, please email us or call us at (972) 239-3550.