Swelling in the mouth

Mouth | General Practice | Swelling in the mouth (Disease)


Mouth swelling or inflammation, often associated with stomatitis, is an inflammation of the lining of any of the soft-tissue structures of the mouth. Stomatitis is usually a painful condition, associated with redness, swelling, and occasional bleeding from the affected area. Bad breath (halitosis) may also accompany the condition. Stomatitis affects all age groups, from the infant to the elderly.

Causes and Risk factors

Inflammation in the mouth can occur for several reasons. These include the use of medication for hypertension that may lead to allergic reaction. It may also be an abnormal response of the bodys immune system to any foreign agent. It can be a symptom of an allergic reaction, severe injury to the mouth, a dental abscess (collection of pus), herpes (infection of the mouth stomatitis virus) or a contagious viral disease.

Inflammation of the mouth is associated with stomatitis, which is inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth that is caused by the lack of oral hygiene, ingestion of irritants such as hot meals, use of poor quality toothpaste, small wounds, which then become infected or infected teeth and by an intestinal infection or general infectious disease. Stomatitis is detected by pain, redness, swelling of the mouth, difficulty chewing, an abundant secretion of saliva and bad breath.

Diagnosis and Treatment

A physical examination is done to evaluate the oral lesions and other skin problems and blood tests may be also carried on to determine if any infection is present. The treatment of stomatitis is based on the problem causing it. Local cleansing and good oral hygiene are fundamental. ...

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