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Stomatitis, also called oral mucositis, 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. It's a common side effect of cancer treatments such as some chemotherapy and radiation. Your doctor may prescribe pain medicines or mouth rinses to treat it.
Having stomatitis can increase the risk of getting an infection in your mouth. This could be caused by bacteria, a virus, or a yeast infection. 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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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 advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
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