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Hi,

 

I've had a blister in my mouth for roughly six months maybe longer. It isn't painful and it has got a little bigger. My dentist has referred me to my local hospital and I have an appointment in September for this. Does anyone else have this problem or know if this is a symptom of scleroderma?

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Hello Caz

 

There are many possible causes of the blister, have a look at mouth sores from the Merck manual and MedlinePlus which states possible causes such as:

 

•Infection (such as hand-foot-mouth disease)

•Autoimmune disorders (including systemic lupus erythematosus)

•Bleeding disorders

•Malignancy(cancer)

•Immunosuppression (that is, when your immune system is weakened -- for example, if you have AIDS or are receiving medication after a transplant)

 

In other words there are a number of possibilities. Please let us know how you get on with the doctor.

 

Take care.

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Just an update after my Rheumatology app on Thursday. I've been put on steroids for a month to reduce the inflammation in my joints/muscles. I have to go back in a month to see how I've got on and to talk about long term treatment. They were pleased that I'd been referred to maxillo facial for my mouth blister because that's what they'd have done, so will have to wait to see what they say in September.

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Hi Caz,

 

We also have a page here on Mouth Sores and it lists even more causes, including toothpastes and mouthwashes! Who would have thought?

 

I have a friend here in Denver who also has scleroderma and she has a lot of mouth issues, including a recent prolonged bout of mouth sores. I don't get actual blisters, but I get very tender areas that feel as if they were bruised. My tongue also gets very sore. I'd guess that if the scleroderma hasn't actually caused the problems, it's surely predisposed us to them. I try to be careful about mechanical irritation to my mouth like very hot/cold foods, very spicy things, hard things like raw carrots, and anything sharp like crisps (I miss those salt and vinegar crisps a lot~) and get the additional benefit of making my GI tract happy too.

 

Let us know how you get on, OK?

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Hi Amanda,just wanted to let you know that I have been put onto Plaquinell for long term treatment of Scleroderma.Hoping that this works.As for the mouth blister I have, well the consulant is pretty sure it's a blocked saliva gland( i have to have a scan and biospy to confirm this).He's wondering if I have overlap with Sjogrens syndrome so he will contact Rheumatologist to ask his opinion.

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Hi,just wanted to give you an update on my mouth problem. Had a silogram xray and it showed that I'd had an infected Saliva gland because of a saliva stone. the stone has gone but the tube leading to the gland has been infected for sometime as well and is now completely blocked.The consultant says this is related to lack of saliva because of Scleroderma.I will have to have the saliva gland removed and they will hopefully operate within 4-6 weeks.

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Hi Caz

 

I'm glad to hear that you've managed to get a diagnosis on the problem with your salivary gland.

 

At least now you have a time scale to work on and I do hope your operation will be very successful and you won't have any further problems. :)

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Hi,just wanted to update this original post.

 

I now have the same problems with the other saliva gland; gotta go back in April to see consultant to see what treatment they will offer.

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