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Mystery Mouth Problem

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 17, 2013
  • 08:38 AM

I need some help understanding a strange occurrence in my mouth. If you have any information, or experience it too, please share!

When I wake up first thing in the morning there is a whitish film/slime/scum sitting on the surface of both cheeks and collected along both sides of the bottom of my mouth.
There are no patches, lesions, red or raised areas, no spots, no bleeding that I can see - I struggle to see anything at all inside my mouth until it is wiped out onto my finger. This residue can be wiped off quite effortlessly and without pain.
There are sometimes very small, stretchy/stringy white/clear pieces that come loose from just inside my lips too.

I have already had an oral swab taken from my cheek at my Doctor's which came back negative for yeast growth - does this mean what I am experiencing is definitely not oral thrush? It certainly doesn't look like any of the pictures I can find of thrush and doesn't seem to match the typical symptoms. Nevertheless, as someone who suffers from extreme anxiety, this has begun to greatly upset me and affect my day-to-day life. I am constantly distracted and distant from people close to me and am not sleeping well. I have a feeling of horrible dread and doom.

I'd say I maintain good oral hygiene. I usually use a Colgate whitening toothpaste. Over the last few weeks I have tried changing to various different Colgate toothpastes and now Corsodyl Daily toothpaste which I am currently using, as well as trying out Listerine Total Care, Corsodyl Daily and Hydrogen Peroxide as mouthwashes afterwards and a Corsodyl Spray for mouth problems. A couple of these rinses and the spray caused my mouth to peel though, so I am only using water to rinse out my mouth after brushing now.

I'm so worried that, because of my history of anxiety problems, I will be dismissed as a hypochondriac when in fact this problem is very real. I fear it could even be a sign of a serious problem that could go overlooked.

Please help me.
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  • HiFirst of all, Please calm down? :c I am not an expert, but I feel convinced that this is most likely not a serious thing, and what I do know is that it is very hard to get doctors to listen to you when you have a history of any mental illness or mood disorder, etc. Obviously, that goes doubly for people who are anxious about a seemingly benign condition. So try not to worry as much if that's at all possible.The first thing that I thought of when you described your symptoms was oral thrush/candida, but if you have had the test done and it came back negative, then that's unlikely (although it's perhaps worthwhile to rerun the test at a later date if your symptoms persist). So what else could it be?? hard to say. It could simply be food remnants, or excess sugar intake. Also, are you on any medications? Check the side effects of them, if you have not already. Sorry I can't come up with any better ideas...there are some conditions that are more serious which present with ulcers or sores in the mouth, so if you notice any of those, then go ahead and schedule another appointment. Pay attention to any other symptoms that you experience, but beware not to let your anxiety overwhelm you or jump to conclusions. If you notice any symptoms like fatigue, constant low fever, constant runny noise, or joint pain, then go back to your GP and tell them about that. Besides that, maybe try scheduling an appt. with an ENT specialist or gastroenterologist? They might be more familiar with conditions affecting the mouth. Good luckk
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  • Thank you so much for taking the time to reply Aaron.. It's much appreciated!I will definitely try and take your advice on keeping it together - makes sense that anyone will listen more to someone who's thinking rationally and able to communicate calmly.I've scheduled another appointment for when my doctor returns from holiday, so I'll keep an eye out for any changes or further symptoms until then and hope that I will be able to find a diagnosis/solution for this odd phenomenon soon!Best,ccHiFirst of all, Please calm down? :c I am not an expert, but I feel convinced that this is most likely not a serious thing, and what I do know is that it is very hard to get doctors to listen to you when you have a history of any mental illness or mood disorder, etc. Obviously, that goes doubly for people who are anxious about a seemingly benign condition. So try not to worry as much if that's at all possible.The first thing that I thought of when you described your symptoms was oral thrush/candida, but if you have had the test done and it came back negative, then that's unlikely (although it's perhaps worthwhile to rerun the test at a later date if your symptoms persist). So what else could it be?? hard to say. It could simply be food remnants, or excess sugar intake. Also, are you on any medications? Check the side effects of them, if you have not already. Sorry I can't come up with any better ideas...there are some conditions that are more serious which present with ulcers or sores in the mouth, so if you notice any of those, then go ahead and schedule another appointment. Pay attention to any other symptoms that you experience, but beware not to let your anxiety overwhelm you or jump to conclusions. If you notice any symptoms like fatigue, constant low fever, constant runny noise, or joint pain, then go back to your GP and tell them about that. Besides that, maybe try scheduling an appt. with an ENT specialist or gastroenterologist? They might be more familiar with conditions affecting the mouth. Good luckk
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