Canker Sore

A canker sore is otherwise known as aphthous ulcers. There are three types, such as minor, major, and herpetiform canker sores. It occurs mostly due to stress. It appears as small lesions with a white area in the center and a red border on the mouth. Sometimes, it is painful and causes difficulty in speaking and heals within a week.

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I have a red painful patch with a white speck on my tonsil adjacent to the canker sore on my throat. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a red patch with a tiny white speck in my tonsil area. I had my tonsils removed about 15 years ago, and the patch seems painless. I noticed it because I have a canker sore on the other side of the tonsil right next to the throat. It is painful, but it seems like a canker sore. I...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for briefing me about the problem in concern. I did have a detailed look at the picture you sent (attachment removed to preserve the patient's identity). Yes, there is a small ulceration present over the right posterior tonsillar pillar. There is no question of hav...  Read Full »

I am getting mouth sores when I eat anything. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am getting sores in my mouth when I eat anything. Also, I get the feeling in my mouth as if I am eating something sour and it is annoying. I get it around the same time every year for a couple of occasions. It usually starts around my exams. I am a 15 year old female. My height is 158 c...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sores occur due to deficiency of vitamin B and also due to excessive stress. You should try to avoid stress using relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, etc. I suggest vitamin B complex supplement like capsule Zevit once a day for a week. It shou...  Read Full »

Kindly help me to cure my canker sore that are bleeding while brushing.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 18-year-old female, and I have been dealing with a canker sore for the past week. The sore does not hurt. When I brushed my teeth this morning, the canker sore started bleeding. I have had canker sores before, and it has never bled. I have been using numbing gel during eating to eli...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Usually, oral sores or abscesses have a fluid accumulation. The fluid may be blood or a collection of any other fluids. So, you need not worry. Once the fluid comes out, the sore starts to subside. Kindly attach an intraoral picture to check for the pre...  Read Full »

Are multiple painful sores in the mouth indicative of canker sores?

Query: Hi doctor, I have multiple painful sores in my mouth that appeared two days ago. One being large, what I think to be a canker sore (kind of grey flesh with a bunch of swollen gum below it), one small sore (that is just two little dots in my mouth), and the other I have not looked at. I have had poo...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please be calm. They can be ANUG (acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis), lichen planus, canker sores (the grey color is descriptive of necrosis), or noma. So I suggest you please share pictures for confirmation of diagnosis. I would also suggest you do a biops...  Read Full »

What causes discoloration in the mouth?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 22 year old healthy woman. I have been experiencing some discoloration in my mouth. I would like to know your input on it. Should I seek medical attention? I also have a white spot on my throat. There is no pain or discomfort at all. I noticed them about a week ago and I have bee...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

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Why am I having white spots on gums?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a small white dot on my gums. It looks like a whitehead. I noticed it a couple of days ago. It is painless. It is just above my left canine. I do not know what it is. It is towards the top of the gum. I have attached the photo. Can you suggest what it could be? I am scared of the de...  Read Full »


Dr. Paras Angrish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like a minor aphthous ulcer, which gives no pain and subsides by itself. Please check if there is any pus discharge, pain in the tooth and any other area of the mouth also has this kind of spots. Aphthous ulcer often causes minimal symptoms or problems. Oral u...  Read Full »

How do oral herpes sore look?

Query: Hi doctor, Last week, I had a sore on the outside of my lower gum. My girlfriend, who is a dental assistant, told me that it is just a canker sore and it will go away. Now, I have one on the inside of the upper gum towards the roof of my mouth. If the second one is also a canker sore or is this som...  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. These are called aphthous ulcers and commonly known as canker sores (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The reason why they occur is unknown. It could be a good allergy or vitamin B12 deficiency or stress ulcers. They occur as often as every two to three mo...  Read Full »

What could be the red lump under the tongue without pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a red lump under my tongue. It is looking like a canker sore, but now the white has gone away and seems to have gotten a little bigger. There is no pain. I have had it for over two weeks now.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a red lump under your tongue, which started out looking like a canker sore, but now white has gone away and got a little bigger. According to the pictures (attachment removed to p...  Read Full »

Does canker sore make lymph node swollen?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old male. I have a canker sore. I was wondering if it is common to have a swollen right lymph node with tenderness, body pain, and tiredness along with the sore. Please explain.  Read Full »


Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cankersore also referred as aphthous ulcer, is a non-specific ulceration of non-keratinous mucous membrane of the mouth. The exact cause why these occur is not clear. Irritation of mucous membrane due to acidic foods and citrous foods could be a possibility. Pain is quite...  Read Full »

How is mouth ulcer treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a sore in the mouth. I have attached the photos. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the sore looks just like a simple mouth ulcer. This will take at least 8 to 10 days to heal. Do you get frequent sores? Since how long are you having this? Is it very painful when eating hot or spicy food? Wh...  Read Full »

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