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Q. Should I seek medical attention for discoloration in mouth?

Answered by
Dr. Sadaf Mustafa
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 28, 2016 and last reviewed on: Nov 26, 2020

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 been trying to figure out what they could be.

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The Probable causes:

1. Regarding tongue swelling, it is tongue blister most likely due to local irritation and very less likely, but herpes could also present like this (attachment removed to protect patient identity).
2. White patches could be due to dryness of mouth, leukoplakia, canker sore or thrush.

Probable diagnosis:

1. Benign tongue blister.
2. Leukoplakia.

Treatment plan:

Wait and watch strategy for 10 days. You can use salt containing gargles or lukewarm water with salt for three to four times a day, but only rinse your mouth with it. Follow up with a dentist of primary care physician if you develop pain, bleeding, swelling of the gums or if the lesion fails to resolve in 10 days from now.

Preventive measures:

Avoid smoking cigarettes, alcohol consumption (if you are doing so) and consuming hot and spicy foods.

Regarding follow up:

Revert back after 10 days to an internal medicine physician online.---> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician


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