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Are canker sores contagious?

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 more

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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Canker Sores (Definition)

Almost everyone is infected with this herpes virus. The first episode is usualy in early childhood. It is dramaticaly different from all the later events. The virus is always present. When your immune system is weakened (stress, disease, almost anything) the viri end up stronger than your immune system. They do their job, and ...Read more


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Are canker sores contagious or a form of herpes?

Are canker sores contagious or a form of  herpes?

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 more

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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?

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?

Not contagious: Canker sores are not pleasant and can be painful and uncomfortable, they are not contagious. Do not confuse with a cold sore, which is normally on the outside of the mouth and usually are highly contagious. ...Read more

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Are canker sores permanent?

Are canker sores permanent?

No, canker sores: Are not permanent. If you have a seemingly permanent lesion than it needs to be checked by your dentist. It may not be a canker sore. ...Read more

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What is best for canker sores?

What is best for canker sores?

Best: TIME: Though i routinely prescribe nsaids to control pain from canker sores during the 3-5 days that they are uncomfortable. In rare cases, called "major aphthae" i will prescribe a short course of oral corticosteroid--especially if the lesion/s interfere with swallowing or speech. If on other areas, can be cauterized with a laser or chemicals. If Ibuprofen doesn't cut it, call your dentist for help. ...Read more

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What's causing my canker sores?

What's causing my canker sores?

Canker sores: Canker sores are the most common recurrent oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting and no treatment is required. If concerned, see your dentist after 10 days. ...Read more

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How to know it is canker sores?

Canker sore: A canker sore is usually a bright red lesion in the mouth with an interior that may be yellow or white. They tend to be painful. Your dentist can diagnose if you have a canker sore. ...Read more

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What makes canker sores better?

What makes canker sores better?

Prevent canker sores: The specific cause of canker sores(or apthous ulcers) is till unknown. Usually they occur when the immune system is weakened. So the best way to heal them is to avoid getting them. Supplement with vitamin c(500 mg four times daily) and vitamin e (400 iu twice a day) and a multivitamin with magnesium and zinc(taken in the afternoon or evening for best absorption). Avoid stress. Eat breakfast. ...Read more

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What works best for canker sores?

What works best for canker sores?

Canker sores: are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. Complications of canker sores can include fever, swollen glands, and feeling run-down. If concerned, see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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How come i get canker sores so much?

How come i get canker sores so much?

Hard to say: It is hard to say why you get a lot of canker sores. Some people are sensitive to sls in toothpaste or to cinnamon so try eliminating these. Try to reduce your stress. If you get a lot or if they are large you should see your doctor and have your immune system evaluated. ...Read more

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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more