Do you have red spots on the roof of your mouth? If so, you probably have many questions about your oral health. The growth of red bumps can be caused by a number of factors. Although some causes are benign, others may require consultation with a dentist for a more thorough treatment. Using the information in this blog post, you will be able to determine what is causing your red spots.

Strep Throat

Having red spots grow on your mouth roof is a common sign of strep throat. It is easier for children to catch this bacterial infection, but adults are also susceptible to it. Rheumatic fever and kidney swelling can occur if this condition is not treated immediately.

Additional symptoms of strep throat:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Inflamed tonsils
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain

Canker Sores

You may have also experienced canker sores at one time or another. Canker sores usually appear on the inside of the lips or cheeks, but they can also occur on the roof of the mouth. Initially, they appear as red lesions that turn yellow or white with red edges in the middle. Read Common Canker Sore Causes.
Possible causes of canker sores:

  • Oral trauma
  • Viral infection
  • Stress
  • Food allergies
  • Changes in hormones
  • Vitamin deficiencies

It usually takes about 10-15 days for these bumps to go away on their own. For the time being, avoid hot and acidic foods as they can further irritate canker sores. Instead, consume items like smoothies, ice cream, etc. that are soft and cold. While the bumps heal, take OTC topical gels and antimicrobial mouthwash to ease the pain. Ask your dentist for a gentle mouth rinse if your current mouthwash irritates the sores.

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

A painful red spot can develop on the roof of the mouth caused by hand, foot, and mouth disease, according to the CDC. This disease is more likely to affect infants and children under five years old. Additional symptoms of this disease include:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Drooling more often
  • Not wanting to eat and drink
  • The increased urge of drinking only cold fluids
  • Feeling sick

The symptoms and appearance of sores can help your child’s physician or dentist determine the condition.

Oral Thrush

The overgrowth of fungus in the mouth causes oral thrush, which causes red sores. As part of your treatment, your doctor will treat the disease-causing oral thrush as well as prescribe antifungal medication.

These conditions can make you more susceptible to oral thrush infection:

  • Diabetes
  • Weak immune system
  • Orthodontic dentures
  • Having conditions that cause dry mouth.
  • The use of certain medications (such as antibiotics) that imbalance the body’s microorganisms.

Resources:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324876

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/mouth-sores-and-infections/what-causes-red-spots-on-the-roof-of-your-mouth

https://www.healthline.com/health/red-spots-on-throat

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