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What are the differences between canker sores and mouth herpes (herpetic gingivostomatitis inside mouth)?

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience in Dentistry
Canker sores: Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) have no definitive cause. They are thought to be caused by stress, allergies, trauma, diet, etc. They are usually self-limiting, healing in 7-10 days, with no other symptoms other than topical pain. Herpetic gingivostomatitis is due to a viral infection (herpes simplex virus). It often presents with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise. It usually heals in 7-14 days.
Answered on Jan 1, 2020

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