It can be particularly concerning to see some sort of abnormality on your body, especially in the mouth area. In this case, what are you to do when you find red spots on the top of your mouth? Well, firstly, don’t panic.
Like with any medical emergency, you should contact a doctor or other professional as soon as possible. As for what you can do at home to help manage a condition like this, you have several options depending on what your condition actually turns out to be. Here are a few tips on what you can do to manage red spots on the top of your mouth.
What Are Red Spots on the Top of Your Mouth?
There are several candidates for the cause of red spots on the top of your mouth with varying levels of severity.
1. Thrush (Candidiasis)
The disease thrush (otherwise known as candidiasis) is one of the most common. Thrush is a common fungal infection that can turn portions of the inside of the mouth white or red, often creating bumps along different areas of the mouth including the roof.
2. Canker Sores
Another possibility is canker sores. These large bumps are a form of ulcer that develops in the mouth, usually having a red coloration with a white center. They typically start out small and form on the lips or gums, though the top of the mouth is also common.
Coxsackievirus, or hand, foot, and mouth disease causes painful red blisters to appear on the hands, feet, and mouth of infected individuals. These can form on the roof of the mouth and are often fairly numerous and easy to identify due to their appearance in other parts of the body.
4. Oral Cancer
In rare cases, red spots on the top of your mouth might be a sign of oral cancer. This is most likely if the spots are unusually painful and inhibit normal functions like eating, or if they do not seem to heal over time or with treatments. More than in any other case, if this may relate to your symptoms, it’s imperative that you seek professional medical consultation as soon as possible.
Possible Quick Solutions for Red Spots on the Top of the Mouth
1. Raw Honey (Canker Sore Treatment)
Like with any ulcer, you can speed up the recovery of a canker sore by applying raw honey to it. While a bit harder to reach on the roof of your mouth, simply apply a bit of honey to any sores you can find and let it sit there for at least an hour. Generally, you can reapply however often you like.
Be careful, however, in treating canker sores in infants using honey. While honey is an excellent antiviral and antibacterial substance, it is not antifungal and can sometimes carry the spores of diseases like botulism. It’s also a good idea to steer clear if you have a pollen allergy, as honey (especially raw honey) can cause allergic reactions due to its origins.
2. Cold Foods and Ice (Coxsackievirus Treatment)
Eating cold foods like ice cream or Popsicles or sucking ice can help ease the pain associated with hand, foot, and mouth disease inside the mouth. The coldness can partially numb the pain, especially if you hold the food in your mouth or suck on it. Additionally, being able to eat something that tastes good can just generally improve your mood, which is always helpful in recovering from an illness. And, outside of any food allergies, there shouldn’t be any side effects or interactions to worry about.
3. Unsweetened Yogurt (Thrush Treatment)
Unsweetened yogurt is full of health benefits all on its own, but it is also very helpful in fighting back against thrush. The live bacteria cultures present in yogurt can help to balance your body’s amounts of good and bad bacteria, as well as kill off some of the thrush fungi. The aforementioned health benefits, as well, can help your body in recovering from the illness, too.
It’s generally not recommended for young children to eat yogurt, though. The bacteria could potentially make someone with an underdeveloped or weakened immune system sick rather than helping them overcome one illness. Additionally, those taking medication such as ciprofloxacin or tetracyclines should avoid eating yogurt, as certain interactions between the medicine and the yogurt could make them less effective.
4. Milk of Magnesia (Canker Sore Treatment)
Milk of magnesia helps in treating canker sores, as it can both soothe pain and disinfect the ulcer to promote faster healing. To use, just apply a few drops to a cotton swab and press it against the sore.
Be careful when using milk of magnesia, as ingesting too much will cause it to act as a laxative. Additionally, excessive consumption can cause nausea and vomiting, and frequent use over long periods can negatively affect the colon. Additionally, those with kidney diseases or magnesium restrictions should not take milk of magnesia, as it contains magnesium and could worsen certain conditions.
5. Warm Saltwater (Thrush Treatment)
Flushing the mouth with warm salt water is a good treatment for combating thrush. The warmth can ease any pain you feel, while the salt’s natural disinfecting property can kill bacteria while the movement of water dislodges pieces of the fungus you will spit out. All you’ll need to do is mix a small amount of salt into warm water until dissolved, then move the water in your mouth for about a minute, focusing the infected areas most heavily before spitting. Best of all, the only side effect you’ll have to worry about is an unpleasant taste.
You should now have the basic information necessary to properly treat red spots on the top of your mouth at home. While you should always contact a dentist or other medical professional when you find an abnormality you can’t identify, mitigating the symptoms is often simple enough to do in between doctor visits.
If you have any tips on how to combat different kinds of red spots and their symptoms, tell us what you do down below.
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