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Oral Mucositis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is oral mucositis?

Oral mucositis is inflammation in and around your mouth.

What increases my risk for oral mucositis?

What are the signs and symptoms of oral mucositis?

How is oral mucositis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and look at your lips, tongue, gums, and mouth. You may need blood tests to find out if an infection or other illness has caused oral mucositis.

How is oral mucositis treated?

Treatment is based on the cause of your symptoms. You may be given medicine to relieve pain and inflammation, or to treat an infection. Medicine may be given as a pill, an ointment, or a mouthwash.

How can I manage my symptoms?

Oral mucositis usually gets better within 2 to 6 weeks. You can do the following to make your mouth feel better:

How can oral mucositis be prevented?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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