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Stomatitis is swelling and redness of the lining of your mouth. It can cause painful sores that can make it hard for you to eat, drink, or swallow. Stomatitis is a common problem for people getting cancer treatment. It can be a side effect of chemotherapy or of radiation to the mouth area. Your doctor may prescribe pain medicines or mouth rinses to treat stomatitis.
Some people with stomatitis also get a yeast infection of the mouth, called thrush. Medicines can treat this problem.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 19, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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