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Are Canker Sores Contagious
NOT contagious: 'cold sores' are caused by virus=herpes simplex. Canker sores are associated with dental work, extra brushing, mouth injuries, spicy or acidic foods. Toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulfate have been implicated. Canker sores may also occur in immunosuppressed patients(or hiv). Also noted are food sensitivities: chocolate, coffee, strawberries, nuts, cheese and acidic foods, e.g. Pineapple. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No and no : Canker sores are an auto-immune inflammatory reaction to some types of trauma: physical, emotional, pharmaceutical and/or illness. They are self-limiting, need no medication and not contagious. In cases where the size, number or duration of the canker sores are not tolerable, you can take anti-inflammatory meds (nsaids) or ask your dentist for a chemical cautery or laser treatment for comfort. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Iv known canker sores as sores in ur mouth from biting cheeks and 2 much citrus stuff. Now my dental hygienist says they r a contagious sore. CONFUSED?
Which one?: Cold sores and canker sores are two different infections. Which one do you need help with? Canker sores are inside the mouth on mucus membranes or tongue. Cold sores are usually associated with the border of the lip, are viral and contagious. Treatments are different and correct diagnosis is essential. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Canker vs. Cold Sore: Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) and oral herpes (cold sores) are two distinct types of lesions. Unfortunately many patients and even some dentists commonly refer to them interchangeably and do not fully understand the differences and causes. Here is a good resource for clarification: http://publications.Usa.Gov/epublications/fever-blister/fever-canker.Html. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many differences: Canker sores and cold sores are common disorders of the mouth, irritating millions of americans. Although many people use the terms canker sore and cold sore synonymously, they are different conditions. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus and are contagious while canker sores cause is unclear and is not considered contagious. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Location: People often use these terms interchangeably, though there are differences. Sores on the cheeks and under the tongue are usually canker sores. These are not infectious. Cold sores are usually on lips or on the roof of the mouth. These are contagious and are caused by a virus. They are both painful and heal with time. Medications and lasers can be used to shorten the healing time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Kanka: Canker sores heal on their own time, usually 7-10 days. Nothing can speed up the healing. However, otc kanka, an elixir of Benzocaine and tincture of benzoin, will coat and soothe and give you needed relief. It is inexpensive and can be used as often as you mile. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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