oral infection

oral infection

Joined: 09 Jan 2009, 20:57

21 Nov 2001, 11:34 #1

Hi everyone...I have a question. As part of my quit, I have chewed enough gum to patch the Goodyear blimp. My tongue got really sore and started itching. The doc says I have a fungal infection in my mouth. I have red spots on the roof of my mouth and my tongue is soooo sore. I'm thinking I upset the natural balance in my mouth from chewing more gum that anyone should..LOL!! Just wondering if anyone else has had anything like this when they quit?? Probably not since I am quite strange and get things no one has ever heard of before....Deb
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21 Nov 2001, 11:59 #2

Hello Deb:

Actually there are some people who can get sores in their mouth within a week or two of quitting. If it is from a direct effect of cessation, rinsing with an antiseptic mouth wash normally takes care of it quickly. But from what you are saying your doctor has specifically identified a fungal infection so this solution probably will not have any impact on your situation unless you are having two problems hitting concurrently. I'd find out what your doctor is advising for your specific diagnosis.

Joel
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21 Nov 2001, 17:30 #3

Joel, thanks for the info. It could be from the smoking cessation and the gum because he didn't actually look at this, just called in medication. I really believe it is from chewing so much gum!! The medication is helping so guess I'll never know for sure. I only know that if it's due to smoking cessation, it is well worth it...Deb
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21 Nov 2001, 18:13 #4

Hello Deb:

Glad you found a medication that is working. As I said, it is best to find out from your doctor the best route of treatment for what they see as a specific problem. While the sores that some people get from smoking cessation can often be helped with antiseptic mouthwashes, it seems in fungal infections treatments mouthwashes can be contraindicated making the condition worse. As long as the medicine is working and resolving the problem it's best to just stick with it.

As far as chewing too much gum, it is also advisable to break away from the pattern. Not because it might have caused this problem, but it is a problem in itself, for from your description it sounds like it has become a crutch. Whether it caused this problem or not, it can cause future problems and at some point you may have to give it up. If you use anything as a crutch that for one reason or another must be stopped, it can threaten your quit, which is why it is better not to have any crutches established early on. I will bring up an article on crutch replacement addressing this fact.

Always remember, the way to stay smoke free is not by chewing or eating or exercising or drinking or by doing any other specific activity different than before, it is by remembering to never take another puff!

Joel
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21 Nov 2001, 22:00 #5

Joel, your words are so true. I have given up the gum, so this maybe a way God chose to show me I didn't need gum or c---. Thanks for all your support!!
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25 Nov 2001, 17:30 #6

Hi Deb~Was really happy to see this post. I was actually looking on here tonight to see if anyone else had this problem. Thanksgiving Day the roof of my mouth started getting sore as did my throat. Today and tonight, it is sore enough I cannot drink my coffee hot, I have been drinking it luke warm. I have been also been drinking lots of the ice water. Here was my theory about my "mouth" problems. As a smoker, I would skip meals, litteraly, I never ate breakfast and I was always running errands on my lunch hour, so very seldom ate lunch. I would eat a very quick supper. I have changed my eating habits since I have started my Quit. I eat a small breakfast, muffin, toast...light lunch and a big evening meal. I was thinking, my mouth probably isn't used to all the different tastes and textures, and with it being Thanksgiving anyway, I think I may have overwhelmed my taste buds and tounge a little! :-) That is my theory. I thought I would try eating some softer foods over the next day or so and see if that made it better. If not, I will give doc a call and see what is going on. I did not chew anymore gum than I normally do when I started my Quit. Anyhow, thanks for sharing, I am glad I am not the only! :-) ~Shelley
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25 Nov 2001, 20:57 #7

Hi Shelley..I am so glad to see someone else has the same weird things I get..LOL!! I am all better now and have not chewed any gum since this started. Joel is exactly right about creating a crutch though...I did crave gum.

Hope you continue to do well and Good Luck!! Deb



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27 Nov 2001, 04:41 #8

Just to throw my hat in the ring. After my 72 hours and until about Day 9, I developed 2 or 3 canker sores on the roof on my mouth and on my tongue. I didn't think too much of it at the time but if other people have experienced the same thing...I'm starting to wonder now. Hot liquids irritated these sores and I found that gargling with salty luke-warm water helped alot.
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13 May 2002, 23:19 #9

It took me a while to find this one, and I was asked about it, so I am going to bring it to the top.

This started happening to me in my second week.

Brought to the top for David! Good luck!

Mark

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28 Sep 2002, 00:37 #10

I know it's been a while since anyone has used this thread but being a newbie I just had to check it out. I think it's important to note something which I'm finding in myself lately and am seeing on this message board. I learned from my Army days that when you get those bumps on the top of your mouth and it hurts to eat or drink anything (and really bad I might add)...more than likely you are dehydrated and need to get a whole lot more water into your system.

I noticed yesterday when I was eating a sandwich that those bumps were on the top of the roof of my mouth and realized I hadn't been drinking water....as far as it being a withdrawal symptom I cannot say if nicotine cessation contributes to dehydration but I do know in any circumstance it's vital for us to drink water....now that's some positive self-talk "DRINK WATER".

Newt
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28 Sep 2002, 01:36 #11

Hey, ya know what is NOT good for your ailment.......SMOKING

Mike, 77 days : )
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28 Sep 2002, 01:37 #12

Hi, Deb:

I also had to throw in my two cents here...my partner had this problem, but at the time, we assumed it was because she'd just come off a course of high-powered antibiotics (which killed off most of her flora, not just the bad stuff). She went out to eat at a Salvadorean restaurant. This restaurant makes a high-powered salsa cruda that is not for the faint of heart. After taking what she considered a normal bite of the stuff, she found herself in an incredible amount of pain...it was as if the linings on her mouth and throat were in the process of regrowing, but weren't finished yet!

Now she's at 9 weeks, and her mouth is much better. But we were worried there for a while.

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28 Sep 2002, 04:55 #13

Hi Deb, just noticed your post and like TDQ had to throw in my two cents ( well pennies cos I'm from Britain ) My Husband ( Sandy) had to go to the Dr's a few days into his quit with the most horrendous mouth ulcers on the roof of his mouth, he literally had dozens of them, the Dr gave him some mouthwash to fix them, but they passed quite quickly, the good thing is you've had it checked out by a Dr. Hope your well again soon. Take care.
Love Naymor xxxx
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19 Oct 2002, 09:20 #14

yup the tongue is getting a sore spot on it ,weird, guess the nicotene coated it ,now all is clean and its freeking lol
drinking lots of water, hope it passes soon
Pelican
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09 Jan 2003, 03:24 #15

It was very comforting to read this thread, as now I know that others have experienced the same thing I'm having now. I'm in my 8th day of quit....stopped at 11:30pm on New Years eve. Top of my mouth has been sore for a couple of days now, although I have not been chewing gum or using sucking candy at all. After reading the thread I'll use a mouth wash to help relieve the soreness, but I know it's all part of quitting and am sure it will go away with time.

I love being a quitter!!!
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06 Nov 2006, 13:28 #16

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02 May 2007, 06:13 #17

i have a few inflamed taste buds on my tongue....bummer, because i'm in l.a. right now, and can't enjoy any of the delicious mexican food!!

i know this is all part of the detox...my skin isn't looking so hot either. the only thing that seems to help is drinking lots of water!
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