Plaque on the surface of the lips after sleep - many people have encountered such a problem. In some cases, this phenomenon is of a short-term nature and passes quickly, but sometimes the plaque causes severe discomfort for a long time, which is very difficult to get rid of.
The main causes of white plaque on the lips are candidal cheilitis and stomatitis. These two diseases are caused by Candida. Many have heard of thrush. This is the same thing. These fungi are present in the body of any person, but when conditions favorable for them begin, they begin to multiply uncontrollably, causing unpleasant symptoms.
The most common cause of oral candidiasis is a decrease in the body's protective functions, that is, immunity. Also, the growth of pathogenic microflora is facilitated by all kinds of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, an excess of vitamin B in the body.
Of course, other factors can also affect the formation of plaque in the mouth, for example, prolonged use of antibiotics and antimicrobial drugs, alcohol, drugs, oral contraceptives, radiation exposure, and smoking.
Contamination from the outside should not be ruled out, that is, through external contact, for example, a kiss, the use of common utensils with an already sick person. By the way, in babies in the first days of life, you can very often find oral candidiasis. This is due to infection at the time of passing through the birth canal of a mother suffering from thrush.
Plaque on the lips after sleep, caused by candidal cheilitis, is treated quite simply if it is not in an advanced stage. In addition, with the help of a doctor, diseases such as diabetes mellitus, malignant tumors, and serious damage to the immune system should be excluded. This is due to the fact that plaque can be a direct symptom of the above diseases.
The symptoms of candidal cheilitis are as follows:
- the mucous membrane of the mouth and cheeks becomes very dry;
- the lip area is irritated;
- a white, cheesy plaque appears on the surface of the epithelium;
- Plaque can be accompanied by itching, burning and pain.
Treatment of candidiasis involves taking antifungal drugs and a complete oral cavity debridement. Particular attention is paid to the treatment of chronic diseases, which could have provoked a fungal attack. The doctor may prescribe rinsing with potassium iodide, applications of decamine ointment. In general, drugs should be taken that make the mouth alkaline (borax on glycerin, boric acid, baking soda solution).
If there are dental problems (caries, bad dentures), these problems should also be addressed. Many people think that Candida plaque will heal quickly and be harmless, but this is a misconception. If the disease is started, damage to other human organs, namely the lungs, bronchi and gastrointestinal tract organs, is possible.
If a plaque appears on the lips, the reason may be different, in particular, stomatitis. This is a whole group of different diseases of the oral cavity. Some people have come across it several times in their lives. Stomatitis can be caused by various bacteria and microorganisms, which can only be determined by a doctor after a thorough examination. Caries and other problems with teeth and gums should not be ruled out either.
Doctors identify many forms of stomatitis. However, only a few can affect the appearance of white plaque: candidiasis, aphthous and ulcerative colitis. The latter is a rather serious form of the disease that requires complex treatment. Ulcerative colitis is typical for people with chronic gastrointestinal diseases (ulcers, gastritis) and cardiovascular diseases. Aphthous colitis is accompanied by the presence of small, single or multiple aphthae (ulcers). May be chronic.
Stomatitis treatment is performed by a dentist and begins with a professional cleaning of the entire oral cavity. Plus, you need to take antimicrobial drugs. At the first sign of plaque, you can try to deal with it at home. To do this, it is necessary to prepare antiseptic decoctions of herbs, for example, calendula, oak bark or chamomile. A decoction of rose hips, cranberries and lingonberries can be taken orally to support the immune system at the proper level.