Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Search results for: "mouth diseases"

Symptom checker

Our Symptom checker provides clinical advice on what to do next based on your symptoms.

Mouth diseases

Links to our information partners' articles about mouth and gum diseases.

Read more

Hand, foot and mouth disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common viral illness that mainly affects children under 5 years old, but can sometimes affect older children and adults.

Read more

Hand, foot and mouth disease prevention

The best way to prevent hand, foot and mouth disease from spreading is to practise good hygiene.

Read more

Hand, foot and mouth disease symptoms

How to look for the signs and symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease, as well as a more serious infection.

Read more

Hand, foot and mouth disease treatment

There is no treatment to kill the coxsackievirus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease. The symptoms usually clear up in 7 to 10 days.

Read more

Hand, foot and mouth disease diagnosis

Your doctor can usually diagnose hand, foot and mouth disease based on age, symptoms and the appearance of sores. Laboratory tests, such as blood tests, are not usually needed.

Read more

School exclusion periods

If your child has an infectious illness, you may need to keep them home to stop it spreading at daycare or school. Learn about school exclusion periods here.

Read more

Blisters

Blisters form in response to friction or pressure on the skin. Many need only simple care; others may be a symptom of disease and need to be treated by your GP.

Read more

Dry mouth syndrome

Dry mouth syndrome is when you don't produce enough saliva. For some, it’s annoying; others find it affects their teeth and gums. Find out more.

Read more

Dry socket

Dry socket is a complication of a tooth extraction, resulting in intense pain. Find out more about dry socket symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Read more

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Victorian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo

Healthdirect Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners and to Elders both past and present.