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I have long white areas on both side of soft palate. Sore throat. Candidiasis? I recently had a lichen keratosis.

I have long white areas on both side of soft palate.  Sore throat.  Candidiasis? I recently had a lichen keratosis.

Maybe, maybe not!: White patches in the mouth and throat can be thrush, or they can be due to strep, or other things, too. Since your throat is sore, get checked to be sure you don't have strep throat, which must be treated with an antibiotic to avoid the chance of severe long term complications. ...Read more

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Palate (Definition)

The palate is the anatomical description of the roof of the mouth. It separated into two parts: the hard palate (more forward) and the soft palate (which is closer to the throat), it separates the mouth ...Read more


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I have a white ulcer on my soft palate - slightly sore to swallow but no other symptoms - what could it be? Concerned about cancer! I'm 31 non smoker

I have a white ulcer on my soft palate - slightly sore to swallow but no other symptoms - what could it be? Concerned about cancer! I'm 31 non smoker

Prob viral: This is most likely a viral etiology, but to be sure, if it does not disappear completely in the next ten days, then see your DR. It has to go away entirely. ...Read more

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When i swallow my left ear hurts and my left soft palate is sore. Why is this?

When i swallow my left ear hurts and my left soft palate is sore. Why is this?

Could be TMJ : If you clench or grind your teeth, the tmj, which is close to your ear, as well as the muscles of the soft palate can get inflammed and cause these symptoms. ...Read more

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I think I have a soft palate canker sore in the back of my throat, it hard to put an ointment on it cause its so far back. How do it treat this?

I think I have a soft palate canker sore in the back of my throat, it hard to put an ointment on it cause its so far back. How do it treat this?

Mouth rinse: Unfortunately there are no good remedies for canker sores and causes are often unknown. The best treatments are usually just to treat pain, not to cure the sore. My personal favorite is what most call magic mouthwash. It is 1/3 Benadryl (to reduce inflammation), 1/3 viscous Lidocaine (to reduce pain), and 1/3 maalox (to make it stick). You rinse and spit or swallow. Ask your dentist about it. ...Read more

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I think I have a soft palate canker sore in the back of my throat, its extremely painful and it hard to eat food and it burns when i drink fluids. ?

Viral or bacterial: Common cause can be a break in the protective surface allowing normal mouth bacteria into the tissue. This is called aphthous ulcer. Another common cause is viral. Normal cold sore virus is herpes simplex. They hurt but should resolve in 7 to 10 days. Other types of infection are possible and should be ruled out with a detailed personal lifestyle and medical history by a physician. ...Read more

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My soft palate is really sore and i can tell the exact location of where it's sore by poking it but there's no canker sore. What is this?

My soft palate is really sore and i can tell the exact location of where it's sore by poking it but there's no canker sore. What is this?

Perhaps trauma: Could be a burn or scratch. Could also be viral or bacterial (think sore throat). Try salt water rinses and take an analgesic. If it does not go away in a few days see your family dentist or family physician. ...Read more

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My soft palate is really sore but there doesn't appear to be any canker or cold sores. It has been like this for 3 days. What could this be?

My soft palate is really sore but there doesn't appear to be any canker or cold sores. It has been like this for 3 days. What could this be?

Many possibilities.: Palatal irritation can be caused by burns from to hot liquids or hot pizza & the like. Other causes are smoking, acidic foods such as citrus fruits, pineapple, etc. Stomach acids from bulemia & gerd is another possibility. Avoid these foods, rinse frequently with warm salt water and call your dentist if it is not better in 14 days! it could be something more serious. ...Read more

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Soft Palate (Definition)

The soft palate is the back part of the palate that has the uvula (dangling thingamajig) and has no bone underneath it. It ...Read more


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