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What is the cause of sore on the upper palate that swells after eating ?

Hi My name is kelly. I am in panic mode. brought my 16 year old daughter to doctor today. she has been complaining about a sore on the roof of her mouth that swells after she eats. after a few hours it goes away. dr saw it today it was not swollen but saw white spot and indentation. sending us to ENT. I asked the cancer question and was told that its rare in someone her age. she does not smoke or drink and is in good physical condition. could this be something other then cancer
Asked On : Tue, 10 Apr 2012
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It seems she has oral thrush i.e oral candidiasis. This can be due to poor oral hygiene, low immunity or hormonal problems. It looks like a white rough patch which is itchy and ulcerates easily. But only proper oral examination can help diagnose the exact problem. Don't go to ENT, go to a dentist, as he is more aware of oral diseases and their differential diagnosis. All sores are not cancers and all cancers don't form sores. Biopsy is recommended if the ulcer is non-healing. In your daughter's case I am sure its not what you are presuming. My god bless her.
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Oncologist, Radiation Dr. Rushi Panchal's  Response
white patch is so called mostly due to candidiasis infection in this age due to reduced immunity. generally cancer present to middle/elderly age and presents with non healing ulcer for duration of 1-2 months. classical feature of that fungal infection(candida) is it can be rubbed of with finger. i advise to take Antifungal local application(clotrimazole mouth paint) or Lozenges to chew.
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