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?
Usually mouth sores go away on their own within 15 days. It is better to avoid extremely spicy or salty or hot food until the sore goes away. A steroid gel, anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed by the doctor
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.