Stomatitis

Stomatitis is redness, soreness, and puffiness (inflammation) of the lining of the mouth. This problem can also affect your cheeks, teeth, gums, lips, or tongue. Painful sores (ulcers) can also show up in the mouth.

HOME CARE

  • Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush.

  • Floss at least 2 times a day.

  • Clean your mouth after eating.

  • Rinse your mouth with salt water 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Gargle with cold water.

  • Use medicated creams to lessen pain as told by your doctor.

  • Do not smoke or use chewing tobacco.

  • Avoid eating hot and spicy foods.

  • Eat soft and bland foods.

  • Lessen your stress.

  • Eat healthy foods.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have pain, redness, or sores around one or both eyes.

  • You cannot eat or drink.

  • You feel tired, weak, or you pass out (faint).

  • You throw up (vomit), or you have watery poop (diarrhea).

  • You have chest pain, shortness of breath, or a fast and irregular heartbeat (pulse).

  • Your problems continue or get worse.

  • You have new problems.

  • You have mouth sores for longer than 3 weeks.

  • Your mouth sores come back often.

  • You stop feeling hungry or feel sick to your stomach (nauseous).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.