Mouth Sores are common ailments that can appear on any soft tissue of the mouth, like lips, tongue or cheeks or gums. Most common mouth sores are canker sores, herpes simplex virus and others. Symptoms are:
• Redness and pain
• White patches
• Burning sensation
• Difficulty in swallowing
• Difficulty in drinking
• Difficulty in talking
• Formation of blisters
HOW IS MOUTH SORES DIAGNOSED?
Mouth Sores can be diagnosed by a physical examination of the affected area by an ear nose and throat specialist. Questions regarding new medications, treatments or surgeries would be asked to find out the cause of the sores.
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 may bleed or become infected. They can appear 1 to 2 weeks after some kinds of chemo. They can also be caused by radiation treatments to the head and neck area, infection, dehydration, poor mouth care, oxygen therapy, alcohol or tobacco use, not getting enough vitamins, or lack of protein. Healing may take 2 to 4 weeks. Mouth sores can be very painful and lead to dehydration, poor eating, and weight loss.