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Dr. David Schleimer
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Mouth Sores (Definition)

A canker sore is a painful, open sore in the mouth. Canker sores are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. They are benign (not cancer). Canker sores can run in families. They may also be linked to problems with the body's immune (defense) system. The sores may occur after a mouth injury due to dental work, aggressive tooth cleaning, or biting the tongue or cheek. Canker sores can be triggered by emotional stress, dietary deficiencies (especially iron, folic acid, or vitamin B-12), menstrual periods, hormonal changes, food allergies, and similar situations. They occur most commonly with viral infections. In some cases, the cause can not be identified. Treatment is usually not necessary. In most cases, the canker sores ...Read more


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Pain in cheek for several weeks. Nil fevers. Now blood in saliva. No mouth sores. Voice changes. Difficult swollowing. What are possible causes?

Pain in cheek for several weeks. Nil fevers. Now blood in saliva. No mouth sores. Voice changes. Difficult swollowing. What are possible causes?

See a dentist ASAP: Unlike some other types of infection, a dental abscess will not get better on its own and must be treated by a dentist. Do not delay. ...Read more

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Painful caved in mouth sores on my tongue and cheek discolored back of tongue and back lower gum pain to touch on going issue extreme constant pain?

Painful caved in mouth sores on my tongue and cheek discolored back of tongue and back lower gum pain to touch on going issue extreme constant pain?

Many possibilities: Oral Herpes,
Oral Candida (Fungal) infection
Vitmin Deficiency (like Vit C def)
Aphthous Ulcer (sometimes cyclical with Menstrual period) are a few of the possibilities
In short you need to be examined. This cannot be diagnosed without proper exam. ...Read more

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I keep getting mouth sores. They start out swollen + painful but swelling goes down in a few hours, and sore disappears within 2-3 days. Like canker sores but too brief to be those. .. What are these?

I keep getting mouth sores. They start out swollen + painful but swelling goes down in a few hours, and sore disappears within 2-3 days. Like canker sores but too brief to be those. .. What are these?

Mouth sores: Any recurring lesion should be examined clinically. They could a result of a viral infection, an allergy, or some other type of infection.
Have them examined by your dentist. ...Read more

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I am experiencing mouth sores, painful cracks at the corners of mouth, painful swollen joints (better by: anti-inflammatory medication, rest) (side...

I am experiencing mouth sores, painful cracks at the corners of mouth, painful swollen joints (better by: anti-inflammatory medication, rest) (side...

Behçet's disease: It could be Behcet's. This is an autoimmune process that causes mucosal lesions and muscle/joint pain. Please see your primary care provider for an evaluation or referral to Rheumatology. ...Read more

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Sore throat mouth sores and swollen gums. Allergies?

Sore throat mouth sores and swollen gums. Allergies?

Probably not allergy: This sounds very much like a viral infection.
Herpangina, herpetic stomatitis, and hand-foot-and mouth disease all have similar symptoms. All will heal on their own in 7-10 days.
See your dentist or ENT specialist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment of the symptoms. ...Read more

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My 2 yr daughter has a fever and has swollen lymph nodes and red throat with white spots and now has mouth sores. Does that sound like strep throat?

My 2 yr daughter has a fever and has swollen lymph nodes and red throat with white spots and now has mouth sores. Does that sound like strep throat?

Maybe: This can be strep throat or a viral pharyngitis (such as coxsackie). She should be seen by her doctor and have a strep test done to determine if this is strep throat. ...Read more

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What could cause a sore throat, swollen tongue, mouth sores, red bumps all over my tongue and the back of my throat and extreme fatigue besides strep.

What could cause a sore throat, swollen tongue, mouth sores, red bumps all over my tongue and the back of my throat and extreme fatigue besides strep.

Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, Advil) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for examination. ...Read more

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Son has a rash all over his body except head and face. A little itchy. Hands and feet have little tiny blisters. No fever no mouth sores?

Son has a rash all over his body except head and face. A little itchy. Hands and feet have little tiny blisters. No fever no mouth sores?

Need Dermtologist: A widespread rash such as what you have described especially with blistering demands immediate attention preferably by a dermatologist. Without fever in an otherwise healthy individual conditions such as allergic reactions or immune mediated blistering diseases need to be considered and worked up by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Mouth sores bleeding gums nose bleeds bruises head aches joint pain and fever over the past 2 weeks what's wrong with me?

Mouth sores bleeding gums nose bleeds bruises head aches joint pain and fever over the past 2 weeks what's wrong with me?

2 separate problems: These 2 problems should be addressed separately. 1. swollen gums - can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. See your dentist. 2. Headache, joint aches, fever - seasonal flu is very common viral infection with symptoms you have described. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water, NSAIDs and get a good rest. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is gingivostomatitis? Is it herpes? I have canker sores inside mouth (not cold sores) few weeks ago I had swollen gums. And bump near anus.

What is gingivostomatitis? Is it herpes? I have canker sores inside mouth (not cold sores) few weeks ago I had swollen gums. And bump near anus.

Be patient: Herpetic gingivostomatitis is a combination of gingivitis and stomatitis and is a common infection of the mouth and gums. Although a self-limiting disease, this oral infection can cause significant mouth discomfort and frustration. The sores usually disappear within two to three weeks, regardless of whether they are treated or not. ...Read more

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Are canker sores inside mouth (gums, inner cheek) a form of HSV 1? Never had any blister-like cold sores outside on/around lips.

Are canker sores inside mouth (gums, inner cheek) a form of HSV 1? Never had any blister-like cold sores outside on/around lips.

Canker sores?: Canker sores are ulcers of unknown origin. They may result from stress, citrus foods, irritation or trauma. They usually occur on the inside of the mouth and the tongue.
Aphthous stomatitis (cold sores or fever blisters) are caused by the hsv-1 virus. They usually occur in clusters on the outside of the lips.
Check with your dentist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment for pain. ...Read more

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I had developed sores on my face I had mouth ulcers and swollen glands. I am 7 days late for my period and my gums feel inflamed. Plz help?

I had developed sores on my face I had mouth ulcers and swollen glands. I am 7 days late for my period and my gums feel inflamed. Plz help?

Primary oral herpes?: Sounds like you might have primary (i.e. intitial infection) with oral herpes simplex virus, probably type 1 (HSV1). Effective treatment is available but must be started promptly. See your GP ASAP; or if it might have been sexually acquired (partner with known oral or genital herpes, new partner, etc) consider visiting one of UK's excellent NHS GUM clinics. Probably unrelated to your late period. ...Read more

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I have three cold sores on my bottom lip, what can I do so it won't be swollen?

I have three cold sores on my bottom lip, what can I do so it won't be swollen?

HERPES SIMPLEX: If this is Herpes Simplex virus then the best treatment is an antiviral like acyclovir. Really really works for prevention and treatment of herpes. It does require a prescription. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have multiple cold sores on my bottom lip, and my lip is swollen?

Your doctor can: Prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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Why do I always get mouth sores on my palette, gums and cheeks?

Why do I always get mouth sores on my palette, gums and cheeks?

Mouth sores: Some mouth sores (canker sores/aphthous ulcers) have no definitive cause. They may result from stress, irritation or injury, allergies.
Some mouth sores are the result of viral infections.
If you have chronic mouth sores you should have them examined by your dentist, especially if they last longer than 7-10 days. ...Read more

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Woke up this am top lip swollen and thriving. There are 2 white bumps in the swollen area it's also a knot. Never have had cold sores. Spider bite????

Woke up this am top lip swollen and thriving. There are 2 white bumps in the swollen area it's also a knot. Never have had cold sores. Spider bite????

Oral herpes?: It sounds like you might have oral herpes (cold sore). See a doctor ASAP for exam and testing to be sure. Spider bites are extremely rare; that's not what you have. ...Read more

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Hi, I woke up with two cold sores on my bottom lip and right under my chin is a swollen knot like painful feeling, is this a virus?

COLD SORE: Its not possible to respond without any information not even your age let alone your medical history or picture of the lesions. ...Read more

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I have a small red bump on the roof of my mouth, it occurred a few hours after I gave my boyfriend head the first time. I've always had cold sores.

I have a small red bump on the roof of my mouth, it occurred a few hours after I gave my boyfriend head the first time. I've always had cold sores.

Unlikely related: Sexually transmitted diseases may spread this way, but it is extremely unlikely that any symptoms or signs of such disease would manifest within just a few hours. It is much more likely to bet the beginning of a cold sore or something else. ...Read more

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Have extreme phobia of cold sores and am taking benzos for anxiety, which make me drool. Can this saliva ASYMPTOMATICALLY spread Hsv1 to chin, cheek?

Have extreme phobia of cold sores and am taking benzos for anxiety, which make me drool. Can this saliva ASYMPTOMATICALLY spread Hsv1 to chin, cheek?

No: You are either going to express them on the chin/cheek or not. HSV1 usually presents on the lips. The saliva is immaterial to spread/emergence of the HSV1. ...Read more

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My eye is red and swollen with severe pain, it even hurts to blink. It may have something to do with these two blister/cold sores I had on my lip.

My eye is red and swollen with severe pain, it even hurts to blink. It may have something to do with these two blister/cold sores I had on my lip.

Herpetic eye: Cold sores are caused by members of the herpes virus family (as is shingles). Outbreaks which involve the eye symptoms can be harmful to the health of your eyes and vision; prompt evaluation by a qualified ophthalmologist would be wise. ...Read more

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I have painful mouth sores on my tongue and inside cheeks. Sometimes have a small white/yellow bubble and are always red. Low iron and b12.

I have painful mouth sores on my tongue and inside cheeks. Sometimes have a small white/yellow bubble and are always red. Low iron and b12.

Probably not main ca: The probable cause is probably viral. They could be caused by stress and therefore b 12 may help. See your dentist if there over 5 days. They may resolve on there own and stay away from acidic juices and foods. ...Read more

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I have a swollen gland under my chin and on the left side of my jaw. I also have a cold sore on the left side of my bottom lip that is in some pain too. I've dealt with cold sores for around like ten year, but never had swollen glands. Just a little conce

Lymph nodes: Your gland could be swollen for a number of reasons. Activation of the virus that causes the ulcers on your lip or any other weakening of your immune system that led to the cold sores showing up. If you glands stay swollen for more than 2 weeks, go see your doctor for an exam ...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


Mouth Ulcers (Definition)

A mouth ulcer is an open sore in the mouth. Two common types are aphthous ulcers ("canker sores") and cold sores (fever blisters, oral herpes). Cold sores around the lip are caused by viruses, in which some ulcers are ...Read more