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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What does soreness in the mouth indicate?

I ve had a very sore place in my mouth for 5 days - it hurts to bite into anything, it hurts just sitting here. It s in the roof of my mouth and the left side of my cheek. The roof of my mouth feels like it s peeling. I ve looked at the places using a flashlight and mirror. My cheek is solid white where it hurts, and the roof is deep red.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018
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Dentist 's  Response

Your explanation of having white on the inner cheek and redness on the roof of the mouth with soreness and pain is pointing towards inflammation in mouth or stomatitis. If the white layer is thick curdy or cheesy white, then it can also be due to fungal infection or thrush. So my suggestion is to consult an oral physician and get evaluated. An Oral swab culture can be done for confirmation.

For now, you can start gargling with a specialized mouthwash like Magic mouthwash.
Take anti-inflammatory painkillers like Advil.
Suck ice pops or do cool water rinses.
Take Vitamin B complex and lysine supplement.
Take soft and bland meals and avoid spicy foods.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Honey Arora
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General & Family Physician Dr. Uday Nath Sahoo's  Response

As per your clinical history is concerned, please follow like this -

1) Do a clinical examination by your family doctor and to confirm do CBC with differential.

2) Discuss with your doctor about antiviral like [Acyclovir] if confirmed.

Do follow lifestyle modifications like this -

1) Try to avoid skin-to-skin contact with others while sores being present.

2) Try to avoid sharing items. Utensils, towels, lip balm with family members.

3) Keep your hands clean with hand sanitizer.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Uday Nath Sahoo
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