Debacterol is the real deal for canker sores.
Well slap me in the face and call me Sally, something actually worked the way it’s advertised.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m happy to report that this stuff worked like a charm. Here’s my experience:
The directions for Debacterol suggested applying it at the first sign of an ulcer. I chose to ignore that the first time I used it because any medicine worth a darn will work better when the ulcer first gets started. So when I had a spot start up on my tongue, I let it grow for a couple of days before I gave it a try.
Luckily for me (usually unlucky, but lucky this time), I had a tiny one trying to get started below my bottom lip, so I had the chance to try it on two ulcers at once – one an established one and one in the early stages.
Considering you’re basically putting battery acid on an exposed nerve, it really didn’t hurt so bad. Truly, it didn’t. Most of the over the counter medicines I’ve used, especially the kind that form protective films like Kanka or Zilactin hurt worse than this.
It comes in a what is basically a hollow Q-Tip, and when you break the seal, the medicine flows into the cotton at the head. You apply it to the ulcer for no less than 5 seconds and no more than 10, then rinse your mouth out with warm water. One word of warning, the medicine kinda stinks. And when I say kinda, I mean it reeks. It’s a very chemical smell, in fact I had to throw away the trash can I put the Q-Tip in because my wife thought I had sprayed for bugs in the bathroom.
But after 5 seconds or so, making sure you cover the entire ulcer, and rinsing off, you see immediately a white film over the ulcer. This isn’t the medicine, this is dead cells that you just zapped with freaking acid. I was actually worried that I had made the smaller ulcer worse because all day long I could feel a large spot of dead skin where I had hit it.
I did it Monday morning, and that day I was still feeling some pain from that spot on my tongue, but it was definitely a lot less. And it was a different kind of pain. Not at sharp as the agony we know and love from ulcers. Much more dull, more of an ache. The next day, Tuesday, the tiny one was nonexistent, and the bigger one was half the size of the day before. And half the pain. On Wednesday, I could pronounce it dead. Not only did it not hurt, I couldn’t even find it when looking in the mirror.
Knocked it out completely in two days. After putting something on it for 5 seconds. I am very impressed.
Here’s the tracking of the ulcer just to give you a first-hand look at what I recorded:
It came up officially on Saturday, after a couple of days of feeling a little sore-throaty in my throat and ear (typical auto-immune warning sign). Refer to my tracking method if this doesn’t make any sense.
(As you can see, it’s growing in pain, size, and inflammation. By Monday morning, it was a good 2mm across. That’s when I hit it with the Debacterol. By Monday night…)
(The size dropped by half and the pain and inflammation more than half)
(I could only feel it if I bumped it just right. By Wednesday, it was gone.)
Hopefully I’ll be able to get in touch with someone who works at EPEIN Medical, who makes Debacterol, to do an interview or something to find out exactly how it works, but it seems like it just arrests the ulceration process and allows your mouth to heal normally by frying out the stuff that doesn’t want to function correctly and making way for healthy new cells.
The big question now is how much does this cost? Since someone was kind enough to give me a sample, I don’t know. I do know that it is only available by a prescription, and I have my hunch that many dentists may only offer it as a in-the-chair service they provide. This could mean it’s pretty expensive. I’ll find out and update when I know the answer.