Mouth Sores

Monday, August 26, 2013

Mouth sores can be painful and irritating when you eat certain foods, when you bump them with your tongue or teeth, or even when you try to smile. Dr. Edward Hill discusses mouth sores in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Mouth sores can be painful, unsightly and slow to heal. Canker sores and cold sores are the two most common types of mouth sores.

Canker sores are found on the wet surfaces inside the mouth, on the gums or inside the lips or cheeks. They can be red or yellowish white with a red border.

Cold sores usually crop up outside the mouth, on or around the lips. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 and can start before or during a cold or the flu. Cold sores can easily spread from one person to another. Often an early warning signal is giventhe affected area will itch, tingle or burn before the sore forms.

Both cold sores and canker sores are more apt to develop when you are under stress. Fatigue, frustration, emotional upset and poor nutrition may weaken the bodys defenses enough for a mouth sore to form. Most mouth sores go away in a couple of weeks.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.