Spots in mouth

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Yoshinori Abe

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People with these symptoms also use Ubie's symptom checker to find possible causes

  • Fleeting enanthem on the palate

  • Rough patches on mucous membranes

  • Small rash in the mouth

  • Lump in the mouth that stings when eating something cold

  • Rough patches in genital area

  • Lump in the mouth that stings when eating something hot

  • Red dots in mouth

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Spots in mouth

Possible Causes

  • Cheilitis

    Inflammation of the lips. Causes include infection (bacterial, viral or fungal) and irritants e.g. constant contact with saliva, excessive dryness.

  • Candidiasis (oral, hands and feet)

    Normal human skin contains bacteria and fungi. Candidiasis happens when the fungus overgrows and invades the skin. Risk factors include warm moist environments, and a weakened immune system.

  • Hand-foot-mouth disease

    HFMD (Hand-foot-mouth disease) is a highly contagious viral infection. To prevent transmission, patients should wash their hands regularly and avoid going to school until the ulcers have healed and the rashes have dried up. Patients often eat and drink less due to the painful mouth ulcers, hence it is important to monitor for dehydration and encourage food and water intake.

  • Stomatitis
  • Sweet syndrome
  • Malabsorption syndrome / protein losing gastroenteropathy

Related Serious Diseases

  • Enterovirus infection

    Enteroviruses are a group of viruses that can be transmitted by eating, swallowing, or breathing in contaminated food, water or airborne droplets. Usually infections are mild. Occasionally severe complications such as inflammation of organs like the heart, brain or liver can occur.

  • Acute HIV infection
  • Kawasaki disease

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have spots or boils in your mouth?

  • Do you have spots or boils in the mouth that sting when having cold or hot food?

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have any pain or tingling in the affected areas of the skin?

  • Do you have skin redness?

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