Red Ring on roof of mouth


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So the last few weeks I had found a small red sore on the roof of my mouth. The only way I was able to notice this was after drinking a soda(If I had not done this I would have never knew it was there) because it burned. So I took a flashlight and looked and found the red sore. It was flat and smooth with no consistency to it and didn't hurt unless I drank a carbonated/hot drink. a couple weeks went by and it has gotten to be the size of a penny. I went to my dentist that I usually use and he didn't know what it was and suggested I go see an oral surgeon. So before I did that I went and had a second opinion from another dentist who is my buddys dad. He said it looked weird since it was a perfect circle and that most lesions did not ever have a perfect shape to them. He said it did not look cancerous since it wasn't white and that usually the upper roof of the mouth wasn't a common place to get it, unlike the lower gums, tongue and bottom of the mouth. I told him that I just quit dipping, but he said it wouldn't be related since I couldn't and wouldn't hold my dip on the roof of my mouth. He also had his nurses look at it and their first inclination was that it looked like ringworm. Which I don't think you can get that in your mouth. Overall he thinks it might be an allergic reaction to something since there are some raw areas on the lesion and wants to watch it for a week or two.

This is freaking me out so any help or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking and have a great day!
 

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It doesn't look like anything nasty, but the fact that it hurts when you have acidic drinks and the fact it's getting bigger is interesting.

You should get some tests done on the area, test for any virus including cold sores and HPV (just in case). Although if you had a virus you'd expect to see more of these marks... You can't get ringworm in your mouth.

What is dipping?

Are you feeling well otherwise?

I do think it's frustrating that dentists should be in charge of all things mouth. This sort of thing should be examined by someone more specialised.

It's possibly a local infection or reaction. It's maybe an idea to ask your doctor for a course of antibiotics (because you mention it's spreading). Or try some antihistamines.

I had an infection on the roof of my mouth about ten years ago after burning it with some food. I went swimming when the area was still sore and must have transmitted some infection from the pool. I ended up with a salivary gland infection,but the area was painful and I did feel very unwell.

Please do let us know if you get to the bottom of the mystery. It's hopefully nothing to worry about.
 
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Dipping is the use of smokeless tobacco. Where you take a "dip" means taking a pinch of fine cut tobacco and putting it in your lower lip. And yes I am feeling fine, the only thing that reminds me of the sore is when I drink something carbonated.
 
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Got in to see the oral surgeon last week and he felt like it was an allergic reaction to something. He prescribed me the oral rinse Peridax. And after using it 3 times a day it has started to go away.
 
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That's great news. Perhaps you're allergic to the tobacco. Even though you don't chew it up there you might have swished some of the juice and irritated the roof of the mouth. Chewing tobacco can give you oral cancer so well done on giving up.
 

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