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Chemotherapy and radiation in some areas of the body can cause sores in the mouth and throat becuase these areas can become dry and irritated or they may bleed.

Mouth sores should be treated aggressively for the following reasons: Mouth sores can be painful. Mouth sores can become infected by the many germs that normally live in your mouth. Infections can be hard to fight during treatment and can lead to serious problems. It's important to take every possible step to prevent infection. (For other steps to help avoid infection, click here.) Mouth sores can cause difficulty in eating which, in turn, can affect nutrition. 

There are a variety of methods for treating mouth sores. One of the practical tips for dealing with mouth sores is to eat foods and drink liquids that are easy to swallow. For practical tips about dealing with mouth sores, click here. For information about food and liquids to avoid as well as those that are easly to swallow, click here.

If pain is not relieved with topical products, there is no need to "suffer through it."  Speak with your doctor about stronger medications. For instance, while the thought may not be pleasant, an altermative is treatment with narcotics in hospital. Studies show that patients who use narcotics to treat very real pain do not generally become addicted.


  • If you have difficulty swallowing, click here
  • If you have dry mouth, click here.
  • To learn how to keep your mouth, throat and gums healthy to prevent future problems, click here.

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