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A 29-year-old member asked:

Are genital herpes sores like canker sores on the genital area?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Ony superficially: Genital herpes is a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease (std) caused by the virus herpes simplex type 2 (hsv2). It's related to the virus that causes cold sores or fever blisters in your mouth: hsv1. Canker sores are small ulcers on your tongue or the lining of your cheeks that are probably autoimmune in origin. We don't think cankers are of viral origin because they're not contagious.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

I have canker sores, can these be genital herpes?

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Dr. R Lee Hinson
Dentistry 38 years experience
Canker & Herpes: Are different. Your canker sores are related to immune system issues or trauma to the soft tissue. Herpes lesions look different and are related to a virus and also immune system issues. Treatments are different too. See your dentist to confirm the type lesions you have and help w treatment ideas.

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Last updated Apr 10, 2020

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