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Follow up: dr. Raff -- you said that canker sores do not cause genital herpes. Are canker sores herpes simplex 1 just like a cold sore?

Follow up:  dr. Raff -- you said that canker sores do not cause genital herpes. Are canker sores herpes simplex 1 just like a cold sore?

Canker sores: Aphthous stomatitis is not due to herpes simplex. Dr. Namey and dr. Perkins have provided excellent advice and would read these carefully. The location of the herpetic lesions (oral v. Genital) no longer is specific for types 1;2. Cold sores may be herpetic, but not canker sores. ...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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How can I know if I have canker sores or herpes?

How can I know if I have canker sores or herpes?

Oral Sores = ?: Canker sores usually occur on the soft mucous membranes and tissues inside your mouth and look like ulcers, while herpes more often occurs on the outside of the lips and appears as blisters. You can also google it for images. However, you will need to see a dentist (or physician) for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Reading conflicting posts. Are canker sores herpes or not?

Reading conflicting posts. Are canker sores herpes or not?

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 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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Are canker sores supposed to be infectious when you have herpes as well?

Canker sores are: Not infectious to others. Herpes lesions are infectious to others. Have your dentist check your issues closely and explain further. Treatment is available for both and can help w symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between oral herpes and canker sores?

How can I tell the difference between oral herpes and canker sores?

Location and appeara: Herpetic lesions occur on the lip borders. And are usually solitary lesionsprimary herpes can occur in multiple oral locations and this one time event can be associated w/ fever, malaise, and mouth pain. Herpetic lesions start out like a pimple which then bursts and becomes crater like, with a slimy exudate, canker sores are on oral mucosa, are red w a white ring, and don't have the exudate. ...Read more

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I have canker sores, can these be genital herpes?

I have canker sores, can these be genital herpes?

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. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is away to make canker sores or herpes zoster (shingles) from coming back?

Please let me know if there is away to make canker sores or herpes zoster (shingles) from coming back?

No: These are two different problems. The cause of canker sores or recurrent aphthous ulcers is not currently known. Treatment involves covering the ulcers with topical medication to decrease exposed ulcerated tissue and provide pain relief. Shingles is a from a virus that can recur and there is not any preventative treatment available. ...Read more

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Keep getting canker sores, go away come back in a week. Very small, and very yellow. Herpes?? I've gotten them 5 times the past 2 months

Hard to say..: Without being able to see them in person.Although herpes-1 can present that way,it's uncommon in an otherwise healthy person to have such quickly reoccurring lesions.It's possible it's more recurrent aphthous ulcers but a large part of determining what it is is where you are finding the lesions and what other health conditions you have.I suggest you have your doctor look at them to know for sure ...Read more

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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more