Mouth and throat sores may make daily tasks like eating and speaking difficult. It can be a symptom of various conditions, but determining the underlying cause will depend on the other signs you encounter.
Causes of a mouth and throat sore
A sore throat is marked by pain, irritation, and scratchiness, which can be more noticeable when you swallow. If you experience swelling on the tongue and discomfort when eating or drinking certain foods (hot, spicy, and acidic foods and beverages), you may have a sore tongue. Some of the common reasons for a sore tongue and sore throat are:
Also known as aphthous ulcers or canker sores, are small, painful sores that develop inside the mouth. Areas that can be affected include the tongue, inner cheeks, gums, and tonsil area. Mouth ulcers are white, yellowish, or grey in color and have a red border.
Oral thrush, also known as candidiasis, is a condition that affects the tongue and throat too. The candida organism normally lives in the mouth, throat, and the rest of the digestive tract. An overgrowth of this organism can result in an infection. Symptoms include creamy white lesions on the tongue, inner cheeks that can spread to the palate, gums, and tonsils. You may also notice redness, a burning sensation, and soreness in the mouth and throat area that make eating and swallowing uncomfortable.
Signs and Symptoms
Remember to consult with Sheefa if you experience extreme and continual discomfort in the mouth. Correct diagnosis and treatment will depend on the other symptoms that accompany a sore throat and tongue. Be sure to look out for these signs:
- Discoloration on the tongue and throat
- Mouth sores
- Pain and difficulty swallowing
- Tongue swelling
- Tingling, burning, or numbness in the mouth
- Sensitivity to hot, spicy, and acidic foods