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Red Bumps on Inside Lower Lip

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Lindsay Tadlock began writing in 2010. She has worked as a personal trainer for over three years and shares her fitness and nutrition knowledge in her writings. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2000 with her Bachelor of Arts in finance and worked for seven years as a commercial lender.
Red Bumps on Inside Lower Lip
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Red bumps on inside lower lip are commonly known as mouth ulcers. They are round or oval in shape with distinctive red sores inside the mouth and are quite painful. Although these bumps are painful, they are usually not a sign of any serious health problem and will disappear on their own within a week or two.

Causes

Medic8 and the National Health Service UK have listed many causes of mouth ulcers. They state mouth ulcers can be the result of medicines such as antibiotics or antihistamines. Acidic foods like coffee, large amount of juices and even eggs can also cause these bumps. Another cause is due to your stress, anxiety and workplace pressure. Immune system disorders such as HIV or changes to hormonal levels, especially during the menstrual cycle or pregnancy can also result in mouth ulcers.

Symptoms

According to Medic8, the first thing you will notice when you develop a mouth ulcer is a red bump, which later turns white and is inflamed around the edges. Mouth ulcers can make you irritable because of the constant pain and you may also experience difficulty while eating or drinking. According to MayoClinic.com, other symptoms include listlessness, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

Treatment

In most cases, mouth ulcers are temporary and disappear on their own within a week or two. However, if you are experiencing a lot of pain your doctor may recommend a number of treatments. According to MayoClinic.com, your doctor may prescribe a mouth rinse or oral medication to reduce inflammation and pain. There are also over-the-counter topical pastes that help relieve pain. Medic8 says putting ice on the affected area can also help bring temporary relief. Another option is to take a pain killer however, pain medicine can increase the number of ulcers.

Prevention

According to MayoClinic.com, to prevent mouth ulcers you should avoid acidic foods and other foods that irritate your mouth including chips, salty foods and certain spices. You should eat healthy foods to prevent nutritional deficiencies including whole-grains, vegetables and fruits. Avoid talking and chewing at the same time to prevent biting your mouth lining. Regular brushing is also important in preventing mouth ulcers.

Considerations

According to MayoClinic.com, mouth ulcers can be hereditary. Approximately 1/3 of people with chronic mouth ulcers have a family history of this disorder. These sores are also more common in women. Consult with your doctor if you are experiencing chronic mouth ulcers or if you feel the red bumps in your mouth may be a sign of another problem. Your doctor will be able to diagnose the problem and recommend treatment specifically for you.

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