Mouth sores are basically ulcers and sores that appear on the soft tissues of the mouth or lips. These sores can also occur on the inner cheeks, tongue, gums, floor and roof of the mouth. The sores appear as reddish blisters and may cause pain, especially when eating, drinking or opening mouth.
HOW IS MOUTH SORES DIAGNOSED?
Ear nose and throat specialist may examine the location of the mouth sores. The doctor may look for white patches on the sores, herpes simplex virus symptoms and growth of sores. In some cases a tissue from the sore may be sent for lab testing for ruling out other diseases.
HOW IS MOUTH SORES TREATED?
Most mouth ulcers don’t need treatment. However, if they are extremely painful, a number of treatments can decrease pain and healing time. These include:
• using a rinse of saltwater and baking soda
• placing milk of magnesia on the mouth ulcer covering mouth ulcers with baking soda paste
• using over-the-counter benzocaine (topical anesthetic) products like Orajel or Anbesol
• applying ice to canker sores
• using mouth rinse that contains a steroid to reduce pain and swelling
• using topical pastes
• placing damp tea bags on your mouth ulcer
• taking nutritional supplements like folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and zinc
• trying natural remedies such as chamomile tea, echinacea, myrrh, and licorice
DID YOU KNOW?
Mouth sores that don't go away with time are one of the earliest signs of oral or mouth cancer.