Palate pain


Palate pain is understood to mean various types of pain in the oral cavity. The palate is again divided into a front hard and a rear soft palate. The symptoms can be caused by various causes, most of which are of harmless origin, such as burns from over-hot food.

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Palate pain when eating

The most common and at the same time mostly harmless pain in the palate area is caused by eating. The reason for this is mostly food or drinks that are too hot. This can cause minor burns, which sometimes lead to the formation of small blisters. The palate as well as the tongue are very sensitive and therefore unpleasant pain quickly develops even with burns.
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In addition, the burnt mucous membrane in the mouth can become red and swollen. In addition to the burning pain, the patient sometimes also feels a subsequent reduction in taste. On the one hand, the food can irritate the burnt mucous membrane, especially with sour or salty foods, and trigger symptoms again. At the same time, the taste is perceived less in the areas of the burned tongue. But this is in decline as soon as the mucous membrane has recovered there.

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Help with burns cooling drinks and in order to avoid further irritation of the injured areas, the next few days should Avoid eating too hot and acidic become. Only at; only when Inflammation on the palate the patient should better get one See a doctor.
Another possibility that can cause an uncomfortable sensation on the roof of your mouth are also certain foods. Preferred fruits, fruit acids and nuts can be found on the mucous membrane of the oral cavity allergic reaction trigger. This results in a scratchy feeling on the palate, which can also swell. In many cases it helps to avoid foods that cause allergies. Is the swelling of the mouth very pronounced, the patient may like medication Antiallergic drugs take, which relieve the symptoms quickly. Mucosal edema is particularly dangerous when the patient is hindered in breathing.

Palate pain after a cold

Various diseases and Viral infectionsaffecting the mouth area can affect the roof of the mouth. A normal cold can be over, but one Inflammation of the throat, which is called pharyngitis in medical jargon, may have developed during this time and then cause symptoms such as pain, difficulty swallowing and swelling. Pathogens like Influenza and adenoviruses are typical culprits.
During a cold, the body is generally weakened immune system. He is then no longer steadfast against diseases and bacteria and people can get sick more easily. This allows for example Herpes Simplex Viruses also break out and cause certain infections. The viruses are carried unnoticed by many people in the body, especially in nerve cells in the face, and can be reactivated at the time of an immune deficiency and trigger various diseases. These viruses can cause an in the mouth Infection of the entire lining of the mouth come. This is known as stomatitis. Typical of a herpes infection is a vesicular inflammation of the mucous membrane, which can be very painful and can spread to the palate.

Palate pain in the child

Palate pain in children often arises in connection with a viral or bacterial infection. Various diseases that directly affect the oral cavity come into consideration here. A heavy one Infection of the tonsils, which are also called Tonsillitis can be caused by bacteria or viruses. The palatine tonsils (Tonsils) swell strongly and are also very painful, especially when swallowing and eating. The children are limp, not as active as usual and also eat significantly less. In some cases, purulent sticks can also be seen on the tonsils, which are particularly caused by an infection with streptococci. This can also result in a typical childhood disease called Scarlet fever develop. If the tonsils are inflamed, the oral cavity can generally become very damaged irritated and reddened be. Since the tonsils are close to the palate, the pain can also radiate there. Inconspicuous almonds can then be misinterpreted.

Another typical childhood illness is that Mouth rotthat is in the jargon among doctors too Aphthous stomatitis is called. The inflammation is triggered by an initial infection with herpes simplex viruses. The symptoms are reddened oral mucosa and burning pain, usually throughout the oral cavity. The palate is also affected. The children also have a fever and stop eating and drinking because of the pain. The mucous membrane can have small vesicles that can burst. In addition, there is a whitish coating on the mucous membrane, which is the size of a pinhead. This is the Canker soreswhich are very typical of this infection. The lymph nodes in the jaw and neck area can be swollen and tender. In rare cases, symptoms such as nausea and nausea can also occur. Not infrequently also arises from the inflammation bad breathwho gave the disease its name.


Toothache can have a variety of causes, but the most common is Caries. That is particularly painful Cariesthat has already spread deep in the tooth and may also have attacked the tooth root. The Pain can then spread throughout the jaw.

Likewise, a increased inflammation along the nerve spread to other regions of the oral cavity. As a result, the pain in the Hard and soft palate area be perceived. In some cases there may also be direct damage to a nerve in this area. These types of complaints are called neuralgia and is often associated with sudden onset of pain attacks. They are often so strong that they can radiate from the jaw to the palate and also to the ears.

Furthermore, on the palate a abscess present, which can also come from the teeth. With such complaints the palatal mucous membrane also swells strongly and hurts. Since the palate is also very well supplied with blood, care should be taken when opening an abscess in this area because of an artery running there. On the one hand, heavy bleeding should be avoided, and on the other, bacteria from the abscess should not get into the bloodstream and cause inflammation in other parts of the body. For such diseases and appropriate treatment is a Dentist the right contact.

What to do?

Palate pain occurs due to various causes, which are often harmless or arise as part of an infection. In many cases, the symptoms go away with treatment of the cause. Until then, the patient should have the Observe the oral cavity. Particularly swelling of the oral mucosa, the palate or the tonsils should be checked and observed, since one excessive swelling also affects breathing quickly can be.

In the best case scenario, the patient seeks out Worsening or if there is no improvement of the complaints Family doctor on. This can prevent the patient from being unnecessarily exposed to further pain or from increasing the symptoms daily. Small blisters, canker sores or even white deposits in the oral cavity should not be removed or opened with sharp objects. There is a risk that the inflammation will spread and the pain will worsen. The doctor can from Take swabs from the mouth and also diagnose an infection and also the pathogen through further examinations and therefore a prescribe effective antibiotic.

Home remedies

Nettle tea can be used as a home remedy for palate pain.

In mild cases of palate pain or at the beginning of an infection, the symptoms can be relieved by various home remedies. In some patients, this can prevent the inflammation from getting worse, so that the body's own defenses have the chance to fight the infection without medication.

For one thing, it helps much to drink. Are particularly suitable Teas such as chamomile or nettlethat are supposed to have a disinfectant effect and at the same time support the body's immune system. Furthermore, pain can be relieved by Sucked ice cubes become. Often it is too cold, especially for children, and also causes them pain. Caution is also advised, as the cold can also injure the mucous membrane.

Another popular way to fight bacteria and inflammation is this Rinsing the mouth with sage oil. This can be added as a tea or as a few drops of oil in lukewarm water and then used for rinsing. Also has a similar effect Lemon waterthat can be used to gargle against inflammation. However, due to the acid in the lemon, open mucosal injuries can burn severely. Home remedies are sometimes good for the first treatment or to catch the onset of inflammation. However, the complaints persist or worsen over time, the patient should see a doctor.

Which doctor should I go to?

In the case of pain in the palate, the patient has various options of which doctor he ultimately seeks for advice. In most cases the path to dentist close, as pain in the palate often comes from teeth or nerve pain. Dentists have a good overview of the possible causes, especially in the oral cavity. If the doctor you go to cannot do anything for the patient because the cause corresponds to a different specialist area, he can refer the patient accordingly.

For many patients, the first point of contact can also be the Family doctor be. In the case of typical viral or bacterial infections, the doctor can initiate appropriate treatment with rinses or solutions.

are children Affected by pain in the palate, parents should contact one directly Pediatrician seek out. This can often help the little patients best. In some cases, if the child is already very weak due to an infection or the oral cavity continues to swell, the parents should also consider getting one Children's clinic because they will often receive faster and more intensive treatment for their child there.