Top my mouth is red and swore and it seems raw and when i eat it burns and hurts when it touches it ... im not sure whats wrong it started off with just a few swores then it became raw and hurting , it only hurts if food touches it or if i rub it with my tong...
I'm sorry you are having such a bad time.
There are 2 types of inflammation:
1) Acute - It is the body's natural defense mechanism to heal itself.
2) Chronic - The body has failed to heal itself for some underlying condition.
Top of the mouth (hard palate) can have a variety of causes. Off the top of my head I'll name what I remember...
- Canker sores which is an ulcer surrounded by a red ring. They are painful and can be more than one. They usually do NOT occur on the roof of your mouth.
- Herpes which is a form of chicken pic. There are different types of herpes which I won't go into because they do not apply. They are usually like a fluid filled blister.
- Trauma as in burning your mouth.
- Allergic reaction.
- Bacterial infection possibly from dental problems. It's possible to have nerve involvement from an upper tooth. The nerve path radiates to that area and may only be resolved by a root canal.
- An underlying systemic problem that requires a work-up such as labs,specific x-rays, etc.
You need to seek advice from either a dentist or a doctor (ENT specialist).
If you have a good dentist, I would try him first. They have the proper lighting, etc to do a good visual exam. They also won't hesitate to refer you elsewhere if they don't think it's tooth related.
A Primary will use a tongue blade with less than adequate light.
ENT has the right equipment to do a good exam but it may very well be tooth related.
- Go to a dentist if you have a good one that you trust.
- Second - ENT if you insurance freedom to go without a referral.
- Lastly, go to your Primary with a list of your symptoms. What happened,when it started, how bad was the pain, etc.
People have a natural problem with remembering significant info when in a time limited situation. You get nervous!
Write it down before you go.
Try doing salt water swishes for possible relief until you get an appt.
Try NSAIDs for pain - Aleve,Ibuprofen etc. They are specific for inflammation rather than acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Check for fevers because it would be good info to relay for a diagnosis.
One other possibility is a virus called Coxsackie. That could appear anywhere in the mouth. It looks like white dots and can be very painful. There isn't much you can do but let it run its course. To make it more comfortable mix maalox and liquid Benadryl and apply with a Q-tip. It is highly contagious so do not share drinks or utensils, and wash your hands, especially if they go anywhere near your mouth.
I've experienced similar mouth pain a few times. It was always an allergic reaction mostly to fruit. I try and remember if I'd changed to anything different, from food and drinks to toothpaste and usually figure it out. It seems like I'm more allergic to the same things at different times. I look for changes in my daily routines when something comes on quickly.
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