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3 small dry rough patches inside mouth. I touch them with my tongue they feel like sandpaper I've been smoking for a year now. What does that mean?

3 small dry rough patches inside mouth. I touch them with my tongue they feel like sandpaper I've been smoking for a year now. What does that mean?

See a dentist: The changes in your mouth are likely a result of smoking, and could be a simple change in the surface texture, or pre-cancerous, or worse. Go have them examined by a dentist asap. And stop smoking. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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What is a dry patch in the mouth mean?

What is a dry patch in the mouth mean?

Dry patch in mouth.: Any part of your mouth that is not moist is a concern. It could be as simple as a food allergy or as serious as oral cancer. Although oral cancer is rare it should be taken very seriously. Schedule an appointment with your dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How can I treat dark dry patches under my mouth?

How can I treat dark dry patches under my mouth?

Not sure: I am not sure where the patches are - in the mouth or on the skin? Either, or - they need to be looked at first until treatment can be initiated. ...Read more

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I have too dry patches on each side of my mouth it's getting worse then befor it is getting to the point where it's dis coloring my skin. ... Help!

I have too dry patches on each side of my mouth it's getting worse then befor it is getting to the point where it's dis coloring my skin. ... Help!

Dry patches: If it is on the outside of the mouth, it could be a candidiasis infection. A cream can be prescribed for that. If it is on the inside of the mouth it should be cultured to allow for a definitive diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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I have had excessive dry mouth and white patches on the side of my tongue for almost a week now. What do I do.

I have had excessive dry mouth and white patches on the side of my tongue for almost a week now. What do I do.

See your PCP: There are many causes of dry mouth (xerostomia) including: mouth breathing, OSA, certain medications, smoking and systemic illnesses (diabetes). Some causes are easily correctable, others are more difficult to treat. Taking good history may be helpful to find the cause and can be of significant value when treating dry mouth symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi so the other day I noticed like a rough dry patch in my mouth on my bottom lip and today I noticed its now reddish little bumps? What could it be?

Hi so the other day I noticed like a rough dry patch in my mouth on my bottom lip and today I noticed its now reddish little bumps? What could it be?

Dry patch on lip: This is impossible to diagnose without more information and a visual examination. Anything else would just be guessing.
Make an appointment with your dentist for an examination. ...Read more

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Hello, iam suffering with dry, itchy patches in the corners of my eyes and mouth and all over my face. I also have a slight cough. Should I be worried?

Hello, iam suffering with dry, itchy patches in the corners of my eyes and mouth and all over my face. I also have a slight cough. Should I be worried?

Likely eczema: It sounds like you are having an eczematous skin reaction. Your coughing may be related or unrelated. If you have a history of asthma and allergies you may be having allergies to something in your environment causing a flare like this. ...Read more

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I have a dry patch in corner of mouth, it looks lije fever blister, what can I do to heal it?

I have a dry patch in corner of mouth, it looks lije fever blister, what can I do to heal it?

Perleche: Often dry, red or cracked rashes in the corner of the mouth are caused by a yeast infection and is known as perleche. Over-the-counter anti-fungal creams can often help. Fever blisters can occur in the corner of the mouth as well, but are treated with prescription anti-viral medicines. ...Read more

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My 2.5 years old toddler has red rashes around her mouth like very dry red patches, what causes it, could it be the wind?

My 2.5 years old toddler has red rashes around her mouth like very dry red patches, what causes it, could it be the wind?

Could be...: While irritation from wind could be one cause or an additional irritant, in that age group peri-oral dermatitis (rash around the mouth) is most often caused by her licking around the lips and mouth. It even has a doctor name called "lip-lickers dermatitis. Sometimes moisturizers such as vaseline or lip balm put right on the skin can be helpful. Encourage her not to lick around lips. ...Read more

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Recurring dry patch at the side of my mouth. 6mnts now it comes and goes! I use vasaline. Was taking b-complex. Just had a baby girl she is 7mnts.

Recurring dry patch at the side of my mouth. 6mnts now it comes and goes! I use vasaline. Was taking b-complex. Just had a baby girl she is 7mnts.

Angular cheilitis: If the dry patch is at the corner of your mouth it may be angular cheilitis and is caused by deficient vitamin b2, iron, zinc or a fungus or other pathogen. Since you're taking a b complex, I would rule that out, assuming the one you take can be absorbed. If you take a multivitamin, the minerals should not be the problem. Try neosporin on the area and see if it improves in a week. ...Read more

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I have a dry mouth. My tongue has a patch on it and feels like it is tingling I Can't smell either most of the time. Have been on tamoxifen 5 year?

I have a dry mouth. My tongue has a patch on it and feels like it is tingling I Can't smell either most of the time. Have been on tamoxifen 5 year?

Neurological exam: You'll need a neurological examination to determine the cause of your symptoms as they could be related to other things going on NOT related to medication effects. What you describe are not commonly reported side effects of Tamoxifen. ...Read more

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There are dry rough patches on the sides of my nose down to my mouth & chin. It's not red white or itchy. Just rough skin. It suddenly appeared. Help?

There are dry rough patches on the sides of my nose down to my mouth & chin. It's not red white or itchy. Just rough skin. It suddenly appeared. Help?

Dermatitis: See a dermatologist for examination and treatment. Eczema are common skin condition and can occur in healthy young people! ...Read more

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Only during my period I get dark, dry, painful patches on my vagina and mouth. I have all symptoms of endometriosis, but I don't know why they hurt?

Only during my period I get dark, dry, painful patches on my vagina and mouth. I have all symptoms of endometriosis, but I don't know why they hurt?

Unsure: The patches in your vagina and mouth don't sound like endometriosis. What do they look like? Are the patches themselves painful? Do you have any itching, discharge? Are the patches bumpy at all? How long do they last? How big are they? Reply with more info and maybe I can help. Otherwise, you should see your doc or clinic. ...Read more

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Have dry patch at left corner of mouth. Not just cracked corner, more like rash. Doesn't itch. I drink plenty of water and try to get needed vitamins.?

Have dry patch at left corner of mouth. Not just cracked corner, more like rash. Doesn't itch. I drink plenty of water and try to get needed vitamins.?

Possible impetigo: If the patch is like a red rash and a little bit painful, it might be a staph/strep infection...often called impetigo. You could try otc antibiotic ointment (I prefer bacitracin) but if it doesn't respond, see your PCP...or consider a consult with HealhTAP with telemedicine level contact. ...Read more

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I have a white and purple patch on the roof of my mouth. It kinda hurts. I started taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and it's been making my mouth really dry.?

I have a white and purple patch on the roof of my mouth. It kinda hurts. I started taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and it's been making my mouth really dry.?

2 issues: Have a dentist look at the patch on the roof of your mouth if it has persisted longer than 2 weeks and there is no known traumatic explanation for it. Dry mouth is a common side effect of many medications. A company called biotene makes many products that can help make you more comfortable including mouth moisturizers, mouthwash, gum and toothpaste. Check your drugstore ...Read more

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3 weeks ago I broke out on my face with red, dry patches of skin. Mainly under nose and around my mouth. What is it? 49 female. Hardly ever had acne and no history of skin disorders. It started out like a rash with pimples. The bumps are gone but the

3 weeks ago I broke out on my face with red, dry patches of skin. Mainly under nose and around my mouth. What is it? 49 female. Hardly ever had acne and no history of skin disorders. It started out like a rash with pimples. The bumps are gone but the

See your doctor: Contact dermatitis presents the way you described and can be a result of your skin being sensitized to a cream, soap, preservative, pillow fabric etc. There are other potential diagnoses which will require an exam by a dermatologist to rule out other inflammatory skin conditions which can be treated with the right medication. ...Read more

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Slight sore throat, had white patch on soft pallet, now they are red & on roof, mouth dry, sore, feels like something in back of mouth weird taste wha?

Slight sore throat, had white patch on soft pallet, now they are red & on roof, mouth dry, sore, feels like something in back of mouth weird taste wha?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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Rough dry patch on roof of mouth very irritating worse when drinking water. No pain at all. A lot of post nasal drip. Hairy feeling in throat. Help!

Rough dry patch on roof of mouth very irritating worse when drinking water. No pain at all. A lot of post nasal drip. Hairy feeling in throat. Help!

See an Allergist: Sounds like your symptoms could be allergy related. Your best bet is to make an appointment with an Allergist so that a full exam, clinical history, and appropriate testing can be completed. ...Read more

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What can be done for a patch of dry scalp on my head that is a bit scabby?

What can be done for a patch of dry scalp on my head that is a bit scabby?

Proper diagnosis: Helps. Seeing your doctor to make sure it is seborrhea or dandruff versus a skin infection. For dry scalp /dandruff try tea tree shampoo or Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo. There is evidence that dandruff may have a fungal component so tea tree shampoo or Nizoral (ketoconazole) may be very helpful. ...Read more

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I have dry yellow patch on my tongue. What could it be, any suggestions?

I have dry yellow patch on my tongue. What could it be, any suggestions?

See dentist: I recommend you see a dentist to have your tongue checked and then a proper diagnosis can be determined. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a dry, flaky, reddish patch above my lip?

What to do if I have a dry, flaky, reddish patch above my lip?

Avoid cortisones: Unless confined to low potency and short duration, steroids are risky on the face (perioral dermatitis). A dermatologist will help you. Meanwhile you can try a speck of vaseline or Aquaphor rubbed in twice a day. ...Read more

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I have a patch of dry skin by my lip that won't go away, how can I heal it?

I have a patch of dry skin by my lip that won't go away, how can I heal it?

Maybe more than dry?: Applying vaseline every 1-2 hours for a few days should do the trick. Avoid picking, licking, or rubbing. If not better after a few days of this intense moisturize and protect approach, it may be more than just dry skin. Actinic keratosis (sun damaged area), impetigo, allergies, and even some vitamin deficiencies can present with dry skin, so you'll want to see a dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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30yrs after stopping smoking, I still have dry lip patch where I held cig. Should I worry?

30yrs after stopping smoking, I still have dry lip patch where I held cig. Should I worry?

Cigarette burns: "dry lip patch where I held cig", can be just a scar that will always be there, so you don't have to worry. However, it could be some kind of cancer, so check it out. ...Read more