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What is it?
A mouth ulcer is a break in the lining of the mouth that exposes the sensitive tissue beneath.
Symptoms: Small, painful white spots on the inside of the mouth, Stinging and discomfort when eating spicy or acidic foods. Usually heals within seven to ten days.
Causes: Stress, extreme fatigue or being generally run down, other diseases, for example anaemia, injury to the lining if the mouth, by for example toothbrush, a rough tooth or biting of the mouth or tongue.
Treatment in the home: Rinse mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash. Avoid spicy or acidic foods. See your dentist if you suspect that a jagged tooth is causing the ulcers.
When to consult a doctor: If an ulcer or raw area in the mouth persists for more than three weeks. If the mouth ulcers are recurrent.
What the doctor may do: Examine you and arrange for a blood test to detect any underlying condition. If no underlying condition is diagnosed, prescribe a mouth wash. Prescribe corticosteroid tablets if mouth ulcers are recurrent.