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Ulcer under the tongue due to smoking - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr.
User :   nice to meet you
User :   i have a quick question
Doctor :   Please go ahead
User :   i noticed a raised white bump
User :   on the floor of my mouth
User :   when i move my tongue to the side i can feel it
User :   when i looked i the mirror it looks like an ulcer
User :   the top is a bit raw
User :   i have had it for a week now
User :   never had it before
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   what is your age?
User :   30
Doctor :   Is this the first time?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you smoke?
User :   sometimes
Doctor :   Do you have sharp tooth anywhere?
User :   yeah
Doctor :   Do you take alcohol?
User :   a couple
User :   i am told i grind my teeth
User :   when i sleep
Doctor :   Ok
User :   so the edges are a bit sharp
User :   i just got worried about cancer or worse
Doctor :   Smoking can certainly raise the risk of oral cancer
Doctor :   How many cigarette do you take?
User :   ten a week
Doctor :   Since how long you smoke?
User :   off an on for 8 years years
User :   but there are years in between where i have not smoked at all
User :   really only got back into smoking a bit in the past couple years
Doctor :   Ok when you are able to manage life without smoke
Doctor :   why not quit it completely
Doctor :   so that the risk is nullified
User :   yeah only smoke when work really stresses me out
User :   or if i am out on a night
User :   having a couple drinks
User :   soem weeks maybe two a week
User :   others times ten a week
Doctor :   Quit it
User :   but could i ask -- what should i do about this issue att he moment
User :   i will
Doctor :   1) Apply DENTOCAINE gel at the area 20 min before food
Doctor :   2) Eat less spicy food
User :   do you think it is just an ulcer at the moment
Doctor :   3) Consult a dentist for your sharp tooth that can further increase the problem
User :   ok
Doctor :   I think it is an ulcer
Doctor :   at the moment
User :   do they get raised like a bump though
User :   ?
User :   it is open and looks like an ulcer
Doctor :   If the ulcer does not heal even after the other ppt factors like after quitting smoking and treating otth
Doctor :   you need further testing
User :   ok
User :   the bump feels a bit hard
User :   does that make a difference
Doctor :   Yes it takes some time to heal
User :   ok thank you for your time today
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   no that was really it
User :   thanks again
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