What other symptoms might occur with mouth white patches?

Mouth white patches may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the mouth may also involve other body systems.

Mouth symptoms that may occur along with mouth white patches

Mouth white patches may accompany other symptoms affecting the mouth including:

  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
     
  • Oval shaped sore
     
  • Raised, red lesions
     
  • Receding gums
     
  • Red spot or bump that develops into an open ulcer
     
  • Sore that heals without scarring in one to two weeks
     
  • Sore that may contain pus
     
  • Sore throat
     
  • Thickened or hardened areas
     
  • Tongue soreness
     
  • Ulcer with white or yellow center

Other symptoms that may occur along with mouth white patches

Mouth white patches may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Abdominal pain
     
  • Diarrhea
     
  • Fever
     
  • Loss of appetite
     
  • Malaise or lethargy
     
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
     
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss
     
  • Skin rash
     
  • Sore throat
     
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, mouth white patches may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care if you, or someone you are with, have mouth white patches along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Bleeding
     
  • Difficulty breathing
     
  • Extreme difficulty eating or drinking
     
  • Headache
     
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
     
  • Pain not controlled with self-care measures
     
  • Recurring ulcers, with new ones developing before old ones heal
     
  • Swelling of throat or tongue
     
  • Unusually large mouth ulcers
INTRODUCTION

What are mouth white patches?

White patches in the mouth are a common symptom of infection, inflammation, trauma, malignancy, and other underlying conditions and diseases. Mouth white patches result from pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, which inflame the lining of the mouth causing swelling, redness, and ulcer formation. Ulcers most commonly occur on the inside of the mouth but may also occur on the tongue an... Read more about mouth white patchesintroduction

CAUSES

What causes mouth white patches?

White patches in the mouth result from infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. Infections of the skin around the mouth, mucous membranes inside the mouth, gums, and tongue are common causes of mouth white patches.

Damage to the mouth can be the result of chewing on the cheeks, excessive teeth brushing, trauma, or dentures that are not fitted properly. Each of these can c... Read more about mouth white patchescauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 6, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Mouth, Teeth and Oral Health