A 44-year-old member asked:
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what are the chances i have aphthous ulcers vsherpes?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
50 years experience Internal Medicine
Could be both.: Herpes simplex of the mouth is a common cause of painful, recurrent ulcerations, caused by the virus, that stays indolent in the mouths/lips, and then when triggered by a 'cold' or sun or certain foods, etc, becomes an active lesion. Aphthous ulcer is a more general term, which is associated with many different causes, but not one cause.
Answered on Feb 24, 2013
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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
45 years experience Dentistry
History: Need a history that informs the dentist of frequency, duration and location. May need a culture or biopsy.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013

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