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Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is one of the most serious pathological conditions affecting the mouth. Oral cancer forms in the tissues of the mouth or throat, including the lips, gums, inside the cheeks, and roof of the mouth. If you notice the signs and symptoms of cancerous growths, such as a sore that does not heal or a lump or thickening in the mouth or throat, you must contact an oral surgeon for diagnosis immediately.

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Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

  • A sore in the mouth that does not heal
  • A lump or growth in the mouth
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Painful swallowing
  • Chronic sore throat

Candidiasis (Thrush)

Candidiasis, also known as thrush, is a fungal infection of the mouth or throat. It is most common in infants and young children, but can occur at any age. Candidiasis is caused by an overgrowth of the yeast candida albicans. This yeast is normally present in the body, but an overgrowth can occur when there is a change in the body’s normal pH balance or when the immune system is weakened.

Signs & Symptoms of Candidiasis (Thrush):

  • White patches on the tongue or inside the cheek
  • Soreness or burning of the mouth or throat
  • Loss of taste
  • Pain when swallowing or eating
  • Cracking and redness around the mouth

Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1

Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is a virus that usually causes cold sores around the mouth. HSV-1 is spread through contact with infected saliva, skin, or mucous membranes. It can be spread through kissing, sharing drinks or utensils, or during sex. While there is no cure for herpes, the symptoms can be managed and treated with antiviral medications. If you notice the signs and symptoms of herpes, you must seek diagnosis at an early stage.

Signs & Symptoms of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1:

  • Cold sores around the mouth, which usually occur 1 to 2 weeks after infection
  • Tingling, burning, and itching sensations around the mouth
  • Swollen and painful blisters around the lips and face
  • Sores on the genitalia
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Body aches

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Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a triple-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in cutting-edge treatments for oral pathology. He carefully evaluates your symptoms and administers advanced imaging tests to identify and treat the root cause of your condition. He takes a personalized approach to oral health and ensures you feel supported throughout your treatment. Please schedule a consultation if you have the signs and symptoms of an oral pathology in Lone Tree, Colorado.

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