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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Get it checked: Go to see your doctor and have it evaluated. If your doc thinks that is suspicious, he/she will refer you for a biopsy to really see what it is.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
If tobacco, yes: If by chew you mean by chew tobacco, you have an increased risk of oral cancer. You need to have the "open sore" checked out asap to make sure it is ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
37 years experience Dentistry
See dentist first: See your dentist. The dentist can prescribe an oral cancer screen in the office in addition to a clinical examination. If the dentist feels it is wa ... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Slow down...: .... relax. You've had an invasive procedure. It is expected that you will be sore, probably for a while. Does it make sense that because you have pai ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Anatomy:: Throat begins at tongue base, tonsils, soft palate; mouth: tongue, gums/alveolar ridge, cheeks, floor of mouth . Many mouth sores are traumatic. Some ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Rosen
Specializes in Dentistry
Many: There are many symptoms, if you are worried you should make an appointment with an oral surgeon so you can be properly diagnosed. Only a face-to-face ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Lots of ideas: I have lost of ideas, but can't diagnose you over the internet. Viral? Allergies? Strep throat and 100 more possibilities. Your best bet is to see you ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Comisi
37 years experience Dentistry
See your doctor!: This type of situation calls for you to be seen by either your physician or dentist to try to determine what is the cause and how to best treat the pr ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Andrea
33 years experience Dentistry
Any kind of ulcers : Could be painful, many respond well to miracle mouthwash which is a rinse that is a combination of kaeopektate and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) that yo ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Benda, jr
33 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Viral pharyngitis: Viral illnesses will frequently cause mouth ulcers, and the fever is low grade. These are usually short course of illness, less than two weeks. The m ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
They can hurt: They can be painful and also cause hoarseness. They can be due to reflux or overuse of the voice, but need to see an otolaryngologist for an exact dia ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Asseff
27 years experience Dentistry
No worries yet: How long has the ulcer been present? A herpetic infection looks like a blister that has popped. The ulcer heals within about 10 days. Oral syphili ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
12 years experience Dentistry
No: Listerime does not cause cancer. Now having said that, people who smoke should not use a mouthrinse containing alcohol. The alcohol can dry the tissue ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Yes: They can cause all these symptoms. Visit your doctor or dentist to see why theses are occurring. All the best.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Cannot tell: Sounds viral, but making a diagnosis like this without a detailed history and physical exam is difficult if not impossible. Suggest you see your fami ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bonnie Bock
46 years experience Infectious Disease
Syphilis, herpes : Either can appear as a sore or ulcer in the mouth. You need to see your physician for any significant oral lesion.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: The pain of throat cancer will sneak up on you over weeks, and it will lack the symmetry of a regular sore throat. More important is to check a bad so ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Jacobson
39 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Stress can cause your body to use up b vitamins more quickly and make it easier to form mouth sores, however, a sore mouth is something that should be ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
30 years experience Infectious Disease
Uncommon: There is no reason to think of throat cancer at your age. You probably have a viral illness.
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Dantin
36 years experience Family Medicine
Yes and Yes: Check it out .See your doc to diagnose.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sri Sundararaman
27 years experience Radiation Oncology
Yes and depends: Tonsil, tongue, supraglottic larynx, larynx, pharyngeal wall, pyriform sinus, etc are all sites often bundled together unfortunately into "throat" can ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Confusing question: Your question needs clarification. But, genital warts are caused by hpv human papilloma virus. Strep throat is caused by group a beta hemolytic strept ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Lederman
39 years experience Dentistry
Typically not: But it can. If they become eroded, both pain and bleeding can occur. These can be malignant, so need to be biopsies and excised.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Oral cancer: If you're worried about oral cancer, see your Dentist for an oral cancer exam (can't be done over the computer). Know that if you do not abuse alcoho ... Read More

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