Red Spots on Roof of Mouth


Red spots on the roof the mouth are annoying, painful and often create uneasiness.  It is a type of mouth sore and can appear anywhere inside the mouth.However, spotting sores on the roof of the mouth need to be seriously taken, and you have to consult a doctor immediately and take medical advice.Proper diagnosis is very essential, and you need to find out the severity of the infection.


In this article, we are dealing with some of the possible reason for red spots on the roof of the mouth and are the treatment available in practice.

The reason and treatment for red spots on roof the mouth:

  1. Canker Sores:

Canker sores occur because of some possible food allergy or may be because of stress or other irritating situations.  It appears like a small bump at the beginning on the roof of the mouth and after sometimes change into while color at the center.  The red spot may also appear on the inner cheek or another inside area of the mouth.

Treatment:  No need to take any medication for Canker sores.  It will subside by itself over a period of time. You can consider using an analgestic ointment that is an OTC or try using some mouthwash.  Both these techniques can relieve you temporarily from the pain. If the infection is beyond control and too much, then you need to consult a physician and the medication will be mostly apahthasol or lidocaine.

  1. Coxsackievirus infection

It is a virus infection, affecting without any age limit and most commonly infect among children under the age of five.   The infection will be a reason to develop blisters on the roof of the mouth and also possible to affect on hands and feet.  The sores will be very painful, especially in the mouth.

Treatment:  There is no particular treatment for coxsackievirus infection.  Therefore, this is not treated by any antibiotics; instead, it is being treated with some fever killing or painkilling medicines.

  1. Candidiasis

Candidiasis is commonly seen infecting on people suffering from diabetes or people who us dentures.   It is a fungal infection, and the infection will show symptom red spots and white patches on the spot.


The common treatment is done with antifungal medication that has to be taken for two weeks.   The medicines will be in the form of pills, liquids, and lozenges.  Persistence of the infection might lead to other health complications including dental issues, and you have to consult a dentist as well a physician.

  1. Petechiae:

Petechiae occur when too much pressure applied to the capillaries or stress or infection.  Under any of these conditions the capillaries underneath the skin burst.  As part of the disease, on the roof of the mouth there appeared red spot and patched on the skin.


Homeopathy has the best treatment for this disease, and it is taken care of by Arnica Montana. Alternatively, taking dandelion roots is also found very effective.  This root can enhance the liver function and improve the coagulation properties of blood.   This can help to prevent petechiae occur on the roof of the mouth.

  1. Lichen Planus

Along with red spots on the roof of the mouth, lichen planus develops itchy sense with a rash or inflammatory situation inside the mouth.  These symptoms are otherwise chronic lesion and not a contagious disease.  There will also be a white spot over the inflammatory area.


So far there is no specific treatment developed for lichen planus.  However, pain-killing treatment and infection reduction ointments are recommended.  It is suggested to clean the infected area and prevent the possibility of spreading the infection.  Eating hard food can increase the pain and infection from rough surface of the food may hit on the infected area and start bleeding and cause pain.  Alcohols are a big no and also avoid using a strong mouth wash with alcohol or methane contents.  Use ordinary toothpaste.  Avoid having spicy and acidic food. It is advised to have porridge or soft foods that won’t hurt your inner mouth.

  1. Injuries

If you are taking hard food with sharp edges and there is every chance the sharp corners hit on the soft skin of your mouth, leading to injuries.  The injuries will be mistaken to look like infectious red spots on the roof of the mouth.


Putting ice on the hurting area is a good solution.  There is nothing much to do if this has happened.  Just simply leave it two or three days and it will settle by itself.  Whenever your mouth is hit with hard food or object, it is advised to have soft food or porridges until the wound heals by itself.  Rinsing salt water is also a good home remedy.  Avoid spicy foods and citric content fruits.

  1. Oral Herpes

Herpes simplex virus or HSV-1 is the reason for having oral herpes.  Herpes is a contagious disease, transmitted through the saliva of an infected person.  There is every possibility to get the infection through lip locked kissing with an infected person.   The infection will cause to appear red spot on the roof of the mouth, along with gray or white patched over the infection.  This may look like an ulcer too, and the patient will show fever and muscle pain.


Painkillers and fever reduction medicines, such as Ibuprofen or acetaminophen are administered to the patient.  People with low immune system, critically ill and children are treated with IV treatment or oral medications.  Critically infected people and children below 6 weeks old are put under special care in the clinics.  Children below 6 weeks and people with a poor immune system are prone to increased risk exposure to the disease, and there is every chance for them to suffer dehydration.  Sometimes patients are administered with pain relief medicines by topical anesthesia by using viscous lidocaine.

  1. Erythroplakia

Being a risky infection, people infected with erythroplakia must sea doctor immediately upon suspecting the infection is indeed erythroplakia.  The infection includes the appearance of red spots on the roof of the mouth.   But most commonly the infection appears on the floor of the mouth and gums.  Excess use of alcohol and chain smoking is said to be the reason for erythroplakia, but it is not confirmed.   Bad nutrition also could be a reason for developing erythroplakia.


There are many treatments for erythroplakia.  There should be regular check up with the doctor, and the treatment could be by removing the infected area by surgery, or undergoing laser surgery