A 9-year-old male asked:
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My toddler gets canker sores in his mouth when he was ill he had like three is it possible for him to have herpes 1 even if his parents dont?

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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes: Bur that depends upon the other individuals with whom he has been in contact. Does he go to daycare? Has he had baby sitters, has anyone put their fingers in his mouth or kissed him on the lips? Canker sores, however, generally appear somewhat differently than herpes ulcers and a pediatrician can often tell the difference.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Recurrent cancer sores inside the mouth are not going to be from HSV. There are a variety of other issues which your ped can discuss with you.
Jun 28, 2013

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