Stomatitis is an inflammation of the mucous lining of any of the structures in the mouth, which may involve the cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, throat, and roof or floor of the mouth. The inflammation can be caused by conditions in the mouth itself, such as poor oral hygiene, dietary protein deficiency, poorly fitted dentures, or from mouth burns from hot food or drinks, toxic plants, or by conditions that affect the entire body, such as medications, allergic reactions, radiation therapy, or infections.
Irritation and fissuring in the corners of the lips is termed angular stomatitis or angular cheilitis. In children a frequent cause is repeated lip-licking and in adults it may be a sign of underlying iron deficiency anemia, or vitamin B deficiencies which in turn may be evidence of poor diets or malnutrition.
Also, angular cheilitis can be caused by a patient's jaws at rest being 'over closed' due to edentulousness or tooth wear, causing the jaws to come to rest closer together than if the complete/unaffected dentition were present. This causes skin folds around the angle of the mouth which are kept moist by saliva which in turn favors infection; mostly by Candida albicans or similar species.
Migratory stomatitis is a condition in which extensive areas in the oral cavity mucosa are affected by annular atrophic red lesions that surrounded by a thin white rim. This is an relatively uncommon form of the geographic tongue condition, that, in opposed to migratory stomatitis, is confined to the dorsal and lateral aspects of the tongue mucosa only
- Blisters in the mouth, often on the tongue, cheeks, palate, gums, and a border between the lip (red colored) and the normal skin next to it
- Decrease in food intake, even if the patient is hungry
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Fever (often as high as 104 °Fahrenheit) may occur 1 - 2 days before blisters and ulcers appear
- Pain in mouth
- Swollen gums
- Ulcers in the mouth, often on the tongue or cheeks -- these form after the blisters pop
Symptomatic Homeopathy medicine treatment helps for chronic recurrent stomatitis
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