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A 20-year-old male asked:

What is gingivostomatitis ? is it herpes ? i have canker sores inside mouth ( not cold sores) few weeks ago i had swollen gums..and bump near anus .

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Dr. Oswald Cameron-Morales
Dentistry 42 years experience
Common occurrence : Gingivostomatitis is the long name for a condition that results in a very sore mouth. It's caused by a viral infection( herpes simplex virus) and is common in children. The symptoms can be mild or severe. While it can be disconcerting to see sores in your toddler's mouth — and to know that she hurts — usually there's no cause for worry.Gingivostomatitis can also be caused by a coxsackie virus.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Be patient: Herpetic gingivostomatitis is a combination of gingivitis and stomatitis and is a common infection of the mouth and gums. Although a self-limiting disease, this oral infection can cause significant mouth discomfort and frustration. The sores usually disappear within two to three weeks, regardless of whether they are treated or not.

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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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