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Your Mouth Sore Surrounded by a Red Area May Also be Known as:
Mouth sore with red base

Top 4 Mouth Sore Surrounded by a Red Area Causes

  1. 1.Canker Sore

    Canker sores are small, grayish-white sores in the mouth, often on the inside of the cheeks, lips, and on the tongue. No one really knows why canker sores happen, but it seems to be inherited and susceptible to vitamin deficiencies and allergies.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own using Chlorhexidine mouth washes (Peridex or Periogard) or steroid medications (Orabase, Betnesol, or Ovar).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful mouth sore, numerous mouth sores, mouth sore surrounded by a red area, single mouth sore, oral ulcer
    Symptoms that always occur with canker sore:
    painful mouth sore
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Oral Herpes

    Herpetic stomatitis is a viral infection of the mouth that causes fever and red and inflamed gums. This typically happens early in childhood.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own because it goes away on it's own. Anti-viral treatment is reserved for those who are immunocompromised or with severe cases. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, etc) works to help with the pain. No antibiotics are useful.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    gum pain, painful mouth sore, fever, gum swelling, mouth sore surrounded by a red area
    Symptoms that always occur with oral herpes:
    gum pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Chickenpox (Varicella)

    Chickenpox is an infection is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and can now be vaccinated against. It spreads very easily from one person to another by direct contact with an active rash.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own using over-the-counter pain medications. Topical lotions containing calamine can be used on the rash or blisters and may be soothing.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    loss of appetite, fatigue, moderate fever, abdominal skin changes, itchy rash
    Symptoms that always occur with chickenpox (varicella):
    rash resembling chickenpox, red rash, itchy rash
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Viral Infection of the Mouth & Throat

    Herpangina is a viral illness usually caused by coxsackie virus A. It involves ulcers and sores (lesions) inside the mouth, a sore throat, and fever.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with drinking cold beverages, especially milk and eating ice cream are recommended while hot and acidic beverages should be avoided. No antiviral medications exist for coxsackie A.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, cough, sore throat
    Symptoms that always occur with viral infection of the mouth & throat:
    mouth sores
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Mouth Sore Surrounded by a Red Area

  • Q.How many sore/blister/bumps do you have?
  • Q.When did you develop the sore/blister/bump?
  • Q.Is the sore/blister/bump painful to the touch?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Mouth Sore Surrounded by a Red Area Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced mouth sore surrounded by a red area have also experienced:

    • 7% Sore Throat
    • 7% Mouth Lesions
    • 5% Fever
  • People who have experienced mouth sore surrounded by a red area had symptoms persist for:

    • 47% Less Than a Day
    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 10% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced mouth sore surrounded by a red area were most often matched with:

    • 11% Canker Sore
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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