Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Oral Lesions Overview

What are oral lesions?
A person with oral lesions has lumps, bumps, ulcers or sores inside the mouth. Sores on the tongue or inside the mouth may be caused by infection, inflammation, or cancer. Viral infections and fungal infections are the most common causes of oral lesions.

What are the symptoms of oral lesions?
Symptoms of oral lesions include mouth or tongue pain, mouth or tongue swelling, redness, mouth ulcers, oral sores, or bleeding inside the mouth. Additional symptoms that occur with oral lesions include, gum swelling, a white coating inside the mouth, and swollen lymph glands in the neck.

How does the doctor treat oral lesions?
The treatment for oral lesions depends on the cause. Treatment for oral lesions may include antibiotics, antiviral medications, antiseptic mouthwash, saltwater oral rinses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment may include surgery to remove an oral lesion.

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Last Updated: Oct 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Oral Lesions References
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