Stomatitis
Do you feel a burning sensation in your mouth?
Are you generating too much of saliva" It could be stomatitis. Inflammation of the mouth is called stomatitis.

There are three types of stomatitis:

Catarrhal type.
Ulcerative type.
Gangrenous type.

CAUSES:

Any irritant, chemical or mechanical injury may cause it.
Bacterial infection
The irrigation effect of tobacco when it is taken in excess

SYMPTOMS:

CATARRHAL TYPE:

The mildest cases have a redness and dryness followed promptly by increased secretion of the saliva. The tongue is coated. The secretion may become thick and pus-like have a dirty appearance and be profuse. Vesicles may also appear, break down and can also leave superficial ulcers. There may be pain while chewing. Bad taste in the mouth and foul breath are also common symptoms of stomatitis.

ULCERATIVE TYPE:

The ulcerative form usually starts on the gums, which become red and bleed easily. Ulcers also form on the lips and cheeks where there is contact with the teeth, the gum may ulcerate to such an extent as to loosen the teeth. There is salivation and the discharge is pus like.

The breath smells foul. The glands of the throat may also be swollen. The patient may feel weak due to difficulty in taking his usual meal. Some cases may be marked by fever.

GANGRENOUS TYPE:

This occurs most often in poorly nourished children. It usually starts as a small spot followed by oedema (swelling) of the surrounding structures.

Then necrosis sets in (dying of the tissues and decaying) and the disease spreads. The decayed tissue sloughs always and becomes very offensive. As the disease goes on, constitutional symptoms become marked.


TREATMENT:

Mouth should be washed with Myristica mother tincture 10 drops in one glass of lukewarm water and gargle three times daily.
Liquid diet is advised. Cold or lukewarm drinks are recommended. Ice creams can be given, foods having acid content and sweets should be avoided.

HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Arsenic-album:
This homoeopathic medicine is used in livid and bluish stomatitis with blisters in the mouth and on the tongue. It is also used in gangrenous stomatitis of the cheek and gum along with fever when intense restlessness and prostration is a marked feature.

Hydrastis:
This homeopathic medicine is specially beneficial in sore mouth where the tongue is heavily coated. There will be follicular ulcers in the mouth along with sticky salivation from the mouth.

Merc-sol:
This homoeopathic medicine is one of the head remedy for stomatitis. It is very useful in the ulcerative type of stomatitis where there is history of abuse of mercury. The gums are affected; they become spongy, bleed easily and the breath becomes foul smelling.

Nitric acid:
This homoeopathic medicine is used when ulceration occurs due to bause of mercury or syphilis. The saliva is acrid and offensive and excoriate the corners of the mouth. The teeth looks yellow and are loose and drop off easily. This medicine cures ulcerative and gangrenous types.

Natrum-mur:
This homoeopathic medicine is useful when there is simple inflammation with mapped tongue and red insular patches. The mouth and tongue feel dry, hot and burnt.

Kali-mur:
In cases with a grayish-white coating of the tongue, with white spots and ulcers in stomatitis, this medicine proves to be helpful.