Blisters in Mouth

Blisters in mouth can be round or oval shaped. They are usually harmless, although they do at times cause some discomfort. In most cases the easy home remedies can allow them to just disappear, whereas in other cases a doctor may need to evaluate you.

Cause of Blisters in the Mouth

Blisters in mouth in most cases are not caused by infections, so there is no risk of spreading it through kissing, sharing a drink etc. They are usually caused by a rough tooth brushing, hard food or even biting your check. Other causes are as follows.

1. Stress

Stress and anxiety are common causes of blisters in mouth. This is a normal reaction and as the stress and anxiety pass, the blisters will also pass.

2. Stopping Smokingimage001

One side effect to quitting smoking is getting blisters in the mouth. Due to the chemicals that change up when you stop smoking, sometimes some blisters can occur. Do not worry for they are only temporary and the overall health benefits of quitting smoking far outweigh some small blisters for a brief period.

3. Food Triggers

There are some foods that are a cause of blisters in the mouth, including:

  • Cheese
  • Wheat flour
  • Coffee
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Tomatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate

4. Health Conditions

Blisters in mouth can also be caused by some underlying conditions, including:

  • Vitamin B-12 Deficiency. This vitamin deficiency causes blisters in mouth as well as tiredness and shortness of breath.
  • Iron Deficiency. It causes the red blood cells to be unable to carry as much oxygen, and this can cause blisters in mouth as well as other side effects.
  • Immunodeficiency. This includes any disorders that will attack the immune system or suppress it, and they can cause you to get blisters in the mouth
  • Reactive Arthritis. This disease is a reaction to any infection in your body cause blisters in the mouth as well.
  • Crohn’s Disease. This is a disease that causes inflammation in both your stomach and gut, and therefore can lead to stomach and blisters in mouth.
  • Celiac Disease. It refers to an intolerance of gluten, and blisters in mouth are one of the side effects

5. Reactions to Certain Medications

Blisters in mouth can be caused by certain medications you are taking, so it is advised that you notify your physician of this. It is important to note if you get the blisters when beginning the medication and/or upon increase of dosage. Your physician may be able to change the medication. Some of the medications that may cause blisters in mouth are NSAID’s, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, Beta-blockers, which is used to angina, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, and high blood pressure.

6. Less Common Causes

There are some less common causes of blisters in mouth.

  • Chicken pox
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease
  • Herpes simplex infection
  • Sore throat
  • Gastrointestinal disease, such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Skin conditions, such as lichen planus
  • Women’s menstruation

Medical Treatments for Blisters in Mouth

There are some over the counter options that can help ease the pain of a mouth blister, but check with the pharmacist if the blister is in a child’s mouth, as not all over the counter medications are suitable for children. You can also consult with a physician, as they can prescribe something that can help as well.

1. Antimicrobial Mouthwash

The most commonly prescribed antimicrobial mouthwash for blisters in mouth is called chlorhexidine gluconate, which is usually prescribed for use two times a day, and can help to kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. It is important to note that this mouthwash is not for use in any one under the age of two.

2. Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids, which act as anti-inflammatory, can help reduce the symptoms and help with the healing process. Hydrocortisone can be prescribed and used as soon as the blister begins up to four times a day until the blister disappears. It is important to note that this type of medication may not be suitable for children under twelve years old.

3. Painkillers

Benzydamine is a medication that your doctor can prescribe in either a mouthwash form or a spray. This medication cannot be used over seven days in a row, and can help ease the pain, but cannot prevent future occurrences. The mouthwash form may sting initially, or numb the mouth, but these symptoms will discontinue.

Preventions for Blisters in Mouth

1. Healthy Lifestyle

Take care of your overall body and its health. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and managing stress properly are all important in keeping up your health. If blisters are somewhat recurring, avoid hard foods, and using a softer toothbrush is recommended.

2. Good Dental Hygiene

Good oral health begins with regular dental visits. Your dentist can help to check for sharp teeth that may be irritating and any other dental problems that may exist. The better your oral hygiene is the less likely blisters are to occur.

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