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Mouth Ulcers & Sore Gums

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 12, 2008
  • 06:05 AM

It started with just a sore throat and fever that lasted for about four days. My throat no longer hurts, but I now have five or six ulcers on the inside of my bottom lip, one on my lip, and some on the roof of my mouth. I have a headache, the tip of my tongue is red and sore, and my gums are very red, feel swollen and painful, and bleed very easily. On top of this, it sort of feels like my wisdom teeth are coming in; my gums back there are really swollen and pretty uncomfortable if I try to bite down.

I saw the doctor and she was quick to dismiss the ulcers as being caused by stress, and prescribed an antibiotic for what she said is probably strep, despite my throat no longer hurting. She also said the lymph nodes in my neck felt swollen. I've been on the antibiotic for 4 days and have developed a few more ulcers since the doctor visit. I can hardly stand to eat anything solid or brush my teeth. This is pretty miserable and frustrating. Help?

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  • Hi,Cutting wisdom teeth is very uncomfortable and can be quite painful until they break all the way through. The ulcers could be, like your doctor said, caused by stress and you probably do have strep. Even though your sore throat is gone, the strep bacteria are still in your system. Take the full course of antibiotics. Don't stop because you feel better. Stopping can cause the strep to get even worse. Whenever antibiotics are used they kill good bacteria as well as bad so either take an acidophilus supplement, or eat yogurt that contains active bacterial culture. L bulgaricus, S thermophilus and L acidophilus are the most common bacterial strains (aka: friendly bacteria) added in yogurt. Look for these bacteria on the ingredient list. Also check the label and look for the words "live cultures" or "active cultures". Avoid yogurt that says "heat treated after culturing" on the label. This means that after the bacteria was added in yogurt, it was pasteurized - a process which can destroy live cultures. When I get sores in my mouth caused by illness (or eating too much sugar) I take 30 mg. zinc and 500 mg. of l-lysine once or twice a day. By the next day they're gone. I hope you feel better soon. :)
    ItsDawn 7 Replies
    • January 13, 2008
    • 05:21 PM
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  • look up herpangina and trench mouth. Both sound really bad but are relatively easy to cure.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 15, 2008
    • 11:51 AM
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  • Not sure what it is but get a hold of your dentist or someone to get debacterol for the sores. Let me tell you, that pain will go away for the duration. I'm sry for what your going thru!
    cbalcomgo 38 Replies
    • January 17, 2008
    • 06:05 PM
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  • Ulcers in the mouth can be viral, which look like small bumps that are fluid filled or non-viral which are called apthous ulcers. Both are self limiting which means they have to run their course. The apthous ulcers also called "canker sores" not to be confused with cold sores are very painful lesions of an unknown cause. They have been linked with stress, food sensitivities, and trauma (cheek bite etc.) and a sensitivity to sodium-laural sulfate (sp) the soaping agent in most tooth paste and shampoos. Your dentisit would be able to look at the sores and should be able to tell you what they are. At any rate you are looking at a few uncomfortable days. Wound healing in the body takes 10-14 days from start to finish. The most painful being the first 5 days till your immune system gets things under controll. That time line is of course unless you are getting subsiquent infections (infection in near by tissues). Poor dental home care will only make matters worse so go easy but try to keep your teeth and gums clean. Running your SOFT tooth brush under really warm water helps a lot. It is quite possible that you may have a condition called ANUG, also called trench mouth or st.vincents disease. Very characterisic of very bad mouth odor and punched out tissue between the teeth. It is very treatable but very uncomfortable and it is generally caused by stress and very poor oral homecare. It was called trench mouth because millitary men got it from being in the trenches during the war with lots of stress and very poor hygiene. Again keeping your mouth clean is most important here to controll the infection. Your dentist can give you medications and rinses that will help to numb the tissues a bit to help you ride out the pain. Good luck with this I hope this info helps and your feeling better soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 19, 2008
    • 03:04 AM
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  • It started with just a sore throat and fever that lasted for about four days. My throat no longer hurts, but I now have five or six ulcers on the inside of my bottom lip, one on my lip, and some on the roof of my mouth. I have a headache, the tip of my tongue is red and sore, and my gums are very red, feel swollen and painful, and bleed very easily. On top of this, it sort of feels like my wisdom teeth are coming in; my gums back there are really swollen and pretty uncomfortable if I try to bite down.I saw the doctor and she was quick to dismiss the ulcers as being caused by stress, and prescribed an antibiotic for what she said is probably strep, despite my throat no longer hurting. She also said the lymph nodes in my neck felt swollen. I've been on the antibiotic for 4 days and have developed a few more ulcers since the doctor visit. I can hardly stand to eat anything solid or brush my teeth. This is pretty miserable and frustrating. Help?Thank you.Hi, i'm suffering from what seems to be exactly the same thing and i'm wondering if you find anything that works? It is really painful, i cant stand to bite or brush my teeth. I have the exact same symptoms, apart from i still have a sore throat.Please help! :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 5, 2009
    • 07:52 PM
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  • Hi, i'm suffering from what seems to be exactly the same thing and i'm wondering if you find anything that works? It is really painful, i cant stand to bite or brush my teeth. I have the exact same symptoms, apart from i still have a sore throat.Please help! :)I had St.Vincent's disease many years ago and was treated in hospital with some kind of arsenic. That cured it.Louie
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 1, 2009
    • 01:26 PM
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