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Mouth pain can be a sign of gum disease, dental infections, mouth sores, or abnormal growth in the mouth that originates from oral cancer, especially if the tongue and roof of the mouth are affected. Below we discuss several mouth pain causes and categories of conditions. We also review at-home remedies for better oral health and symptoms that warrant a visit to the doctor’s office or even an emergency.
A cold sore is a painful, ugly cluster of tiny blisters on or around your lips. It’s also sometimes called a fever blister. The cause is a virus that’s highly contagious. When you catch the virus, you have it for life. A cold sore takes at least a couple of weeks to get through from start to finish. Drugstore ointments or certain prescription medicines may help move the healing process along.
Lip swelling i soften caused by an allergic reaction. When in contact with certain foods or chemical, this can cause sudden lip swelling. In addition, taking certain medication like ACE inhibitors, an injury to the face, or angioedema can cause puffy lips.
Painful mouth sores are an uncomfortable condition that can make everyday activities such as eating and talking very difficult. Painful mouth sores are often a signal of an underlying infectious or systemic condition that requires medical attention.
Gum pain can be associated with symptoms like bleeding gums, pain with chewing, or swelling of the gums. Reasons why your gums may hurt include inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis. Other causes include dental irritations from brushing, flossing, or dental procedures. Painful gum can also arise from oral herpes and cold sores.
Gum swelling, often accompanied by bleeding gums and tenderness-to-touch, is most commonly caused by poor oral hygiene, pregnancy, infections. Plaque and tartar around the teeth and gums often cause gum inflammation and there are plenty of home remedies. But you may need to see a dentist for more serious issues.
A lip rash can be an uncomfortable condition associated with redness around the mouth or small blisters on the lip. Common causes for rash around the mouth include irritation like constantly licking your lips, an allergic reaction, and side effect of medication, or an infection or STD.
An itchy mouth is also known as oral allergy syndrome and is often associated with a mouth tingling sensation, along with an itchy throat and tongue. An itchy roof of mouth is commonly caused by eating certain foods that contain pollen that may cause an allergic reaction. Read below for a list of foods that can cause an itchy mouth and treatment options.
Numbness around and on the mouth commonly occurs during an allergic reaction to certain foods or chemicals. A cold sore or low calcium levels can also cause the mouth to feel numb. Read on for more information on different causes and how to treat a tingling mouth.