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Canker Sores

These are also known as aphthous sores. These are small lesions of the soft tissues. These mainly develop at the base of the gingiva. These are round, painful sores which occur due to the presence of sodium lauryl sulphate in the toothpaste, any minor injury to the oral mucosa, any allergic response, hormonal changes, and stress.

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I have painful canker sores on the top and back of my mouth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, About a month ago, I had the worst outbreak of canker sores in my life. I had 10 or 12 at once, horribly painful, and I could barely eat or drink. Over about two weeks they healed, but I still have a few painless bumps on the top of my tongue and in the back of my mouth. I will attach...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your complaint and the relevant details and also saw the picture you have attached. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Since you have mentioned that the ulcers healed two weeks ago and still have few fresh ulcers now, it could be recurrent a...  Read Full »

I have canker sores and tartar all over the roof of my mouth and also have flu-like symptoms except a fever. Is there any correlation between this?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a large group of canker sores and tartar all over the roof of my mouth. Today, out of nowhere, I have experienced flu-like symptoms except a fever. Is it possible to have a correlation between the two?Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi Welcome to I have gone through your question and I can understand your concern. Flu, like symptoms except fever, can be because of reasons like dehydration, severe exertion, or anxiety. Aphthous ulcers also precipitate like this but the pain is most severe in aphthous ulcers. ...  Read Full »

What causes recurring canker sores in the same spot?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a recurring canker sore occurring at the same spot on my lower lip. I am getting it for the past one year. It recurs every two weeks. It gets healed by itself after five to seven days. I am using Sensodyne toothpaste and Listerine mouthwash.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to These are self-healing, and they do not need any sort of medical intervention. These are associated with either vitamin or folic acid deficiency or any other particular food or even constant irritation. These ulcers remain for a specified period or age and will disappea...  Read Full »

I have canker sores, and my third molar is impacted. What does it indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I have terrible anxiety and went to the dentist twice last month. They told me years back that my wisdom teeth were impacted, causing infections in my mouth, and that I have canker sores. My symptoms always seem to be linked to cancer whenever I search on the internet. My dentist explaine...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It could be a common aphthous ulcer (canker sore). Several factors cause it. It could be due to a lack of vitamins, hormonal changes, psychological stress, allergies, an accident, or bacterial infection. A clear clinical image of the ulcer...  Read Full »

I had sores after doing a handjob. Can I get HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30-year-old male. I did a handjob and made contact with a woman's nipple during intercourse. I have been concerned about HIV because the next day, I developed a cracker and a nose infection. I had a doctor friend who said it was sinusitis, and he gave me tablets, which worked well,...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The chances of transmission of the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by an unprotected hand job and nipple contact as described is less unless there are bleeding wounds in hand. So the chances of transmission of the human immunodeficiency vi...  Read Full »

I flossed and hurt my gum which caused bleeding. After a few days, the area became white. Will it heal on its own or is it infected?

Query: Hello doctor,I flossed and I hurt my gum, causing it to bleed. After a few days, I noticed near the area of the gums appear slightly white like a canker sore. Will it heal on its own or is it infected?  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. As you have mentioned your gums were hurt during flossing, so there is a proper step-by-step process through which any tissue heals. This process comes to a stage called the granulation tissue stage, which is generally du...  Read Full »

I have itchy spots near my mouth which started two days ago. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an itch near my mouth, which results in some dot-like spots. It started two days ago. I try not to touch it. I have been taking some muscle relaxants for my lower back. What could this be? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. From the image provided (attachments removed to protect patient privacy), it appears to be herpes labialis, which is a viral infection that can occur commonly at the angle of the mouth. They appear as small vesicl...  Read Full »

Why do my son and I have canker sores at the same time?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old female. My weight is 130 lbs and height is 60 inches. My son is five years old. He has autism. He is a little overweight for age. I do not have herpes of the mouth (cold sores) and as far as I know neither should he. However, a week ago I bit the inside of my lip, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Paras Angrish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The cause of canker sores is unknown, but they tend to run in families. Canker sores are not contagious. Eating foods that you are allergic to may cause you to get a canker sore. Eat or drink food that has a lot of acids, such as orange juice. It also occurs when you do...  Read Full »

Does using Rotacaps for my wheezing cause cancer sore?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 years old man. Thrush or canker sore is there in the tongue, lip or mouth side. Not fever but body temperature is increasing feeling like hot. Tongue buds are burning for the past two days but thrush or canker sore is there for 15 days. When canker sore is healed, a new one (cank...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have gone through the history you have mentioned. These two can be the main possibilities for your problems. Vitamin B complex deficiency. This is most commonly seen folic acid, riboflavin, and niacin deficiency. So start multivitamin ta...  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 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 »

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