Recognize the Signs, Symptoms, and Consequences of Oral Mucositis

Oral mucositis manifests as inflammation and ulceration involving the mucous membranes of the oral cavity and throat. Potential signs and symptoms of oral mucositis include the following.

  • Oral pain
  • Erythema
  • Xerostomia
  • Ulcerative lesions
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Compromised airway (if severe enough)

The following are consequences of mucosal breakdown.

  • Bleeding
  • Infection from pathogens crossing breaks in the mucosa
  • Treatment delays or reductions
  • Dehydration
  • Nutritional deficits