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Mouth sores are a painful ordeal. They make eating and drinking difficult and may be something more severe if you don't look into them. Dr. Giulio Cavalli can help assess your mouth sores. Your Pittsfield, MA, ENT can tell you about the different types of sores and how to treat them.
When people chew their cheeks, or wear dentures or braces, the skin is irritated. The white patches developed inside your mouth is only healed when you stop the habit, or remove the oral application causing irritation.
The contagious and painful fluid-filled blisters appear on the lips or around your mouth, and is caused by the herpes simplex virus. If you're suffering from a fever, sunburn, or hormonal change, the sore may manifest itself. There's no cure but prescription ointments help alleviate pain.
The painful red and beige-colored patch results from a fungal infection. Candidiasis makes it difficult to taste and swallow, and usually affects people suffering from immune system problems.
These painful sores appear in the mouth and aren't contagious. The small sore has a red border and pain is reduced with the use of prescription medication and/ topical treatments. Canker sores take one to two weeks to be treated.
Oral cancer appears as painless canker sores on the tongue, or floor of the mouth, and any tissue near the mouth. The most common precancerous cells are leukoplakias, which manifests as white lesions near the tongue, cheeks or gums, and erythroplakia, which are red elevated lesions that have a great chance of becoming malignant.
To diagnose either of them, leukoplakias and erythroplakia, you need to undergo a biopsy with your Pittsfield ENT.
If you are worried about oral cancer or have a painful mouth sore that won't go away, you can schedule an appointment with your ENT, Dr. Giulio Cavalli. Your Pittsfield, MA, doctor can be reached at (413) 443-6116.
Mouth sores affect about 80% of Americans at some point and can be a frustrating and painful condition. While these sores are normally nothing to worry about and resolve themselves within a few days, mouth sores can sometimes be the sign of a more complex condition. Find out what you need to know about mouth sores with help from your Pittsfield, MA ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Giulio I. Cavalli.
What causes mouth sores?
Mouth sores can be a side-effect of certain medications, disorders, or conditions, but usually appear due to an injury or trauma to the oral tissues. Other causes of mouth sores include:
- biting your tongue or cheek
- eating too-hot food and burning your mouth
- chewing tobacco
- the herpes simplex virus (cold sores)
- irritation from braces or other dental appliances
- using too much force while brushing your teeth
Canker sores are different than general mouth sores and have no known cause. Studies have found some people to be more prone to canker sores than others. Those who have a weakened immune system, certain diseases, a vitamin deficiency, or who have sudden changes in hormones are more at-risk for canker sores. Canker sores also tend to present themselves after eating acidic or spicy foods.
When should I see my ear, nose, and throat doctor?
If you have white patches on the inside of your mouth, sores which correlate to taking a new medication, mouth sores which do not go away after a few weeks, or have or suspect you have the herpes simplex virus, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. A physical examination, family and medical history, and biopsies or testing can help your doctor determine the cause of your mouth sores.
Mouth Sore Treatment in Pittsfield, MA
Treatment for mouth sores depends on the patient. Avoiding irritants and making some simple lifestyle changes is often enough to prevent mouth sores from forming in the first place. Avoid foods which are very spicy or acidic, tobacco use, and touching the sores. Your doctor may suggest using a prescription anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, or steroid gel or ointment to reduce your symptoms. If your doctor suspects mouth cancer, a biopsy and testing reveals which step you and your doctor should take next.
For more information on mouth sores, please contact Dr. Giulio I. Cavalli in Pittsfield, MA. Call (413) 443-6116 to schedule your examination today!