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I got canker sore and use same spoon w/ people who has herpes. She didn't have lesions right now. I start acyclovir 20 min later. Will I get infected?

I got canker sore and use same spoon w/ people who has herpes. She didn't have lesions right now. I start acyclovir 20 min later. Will I get infected?

Relax: Herpes on the face, hsv1, is very common but most people have no symptoms. Most likely you already carry hsv1 and cannot get it again. People who have the virus will sometimes have it on the lip, but most days there is no virus there in the absence of a sore. So your risk is small. ...Read more

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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What over-the-counter products can I try to get rid of a canker sore due to herpes simplex 1?

What over-the-counter products can I try to get rid of a canker sore due to herpes simplex 1?

Not the same: Cankers (aphthae) are not herpes. Usually they heal quickly ; require no med. Primary herpes is the very first herpes infection ; shows a mouthful of sores. Most people skip this stage, reasons unknown. The only effective treatment for herpes is a prescription pill. See a dermatologist if you are in distress. ...Read more

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Is a canker sore a form of herpes?

Is a canker sore a form of herpes?

No: A canker sore is an aphthous ulcer. It occurs indifferent locations than herpetic ulcers. Herpetic ulcers are caused by a virus and occur on the vermillion border of the lip. Aphthous ulcers are on the cheeks and tongue and caused by trauma, stress , hormonal, etc. ...Read more

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Could i pass herpes through a canker sore?

Could i pass herpes through a canker sore?

No: Canker sores are not herpes so you will not pass this to anyone else. But be careful and make certain you have a canker sore and not herpes because because herpes lesions and canker sores look similar, but they occur on different parts of the mouth. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a canker sore or herpes?

How do I know if I have a canker sore or herpes?

See a medical...: Professional for further evaluation and possible testing. ...Read more

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If I have herpes and my son gets a canker sore does he have herpes how do u know the differance?

If I have herpes and my son gets a canker sore does he have herpes how do u know the differance?

Blood test/culture: Both you and your child can take a blood test for herpes and can culture the sore. That should help narrow it down. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have herpes or a canker sore on my tongue?

How can I tell if I have herpes or a canker sore on my tongue?

See MD or DDS: While I can tell you the basic differences between the two and you can Google if for further information as well as photos, ONLY by seeing a trained health care professional, whether it's a physician or a dentist can you be sure. ...Read more

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Reoccuring 1 canker sore in the same spot, I got tested for herpes 2 months ago and they came back negative, what is it?

Canker sore : Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days or visit today for laser immediate amelioration. ...Read more

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Oral herpes or canker sore, what's the difference?

Very different: Aphthous ulcers (cankers) are on the gums or tongue, different spots on different days. Herpes will come on the same place on the lip, usually after a tingling (prodrome). Treatment ; symptoms are very different. ...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


Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Aphthous Stomatitis (Definition)

Are small, benign but painful ulcers of the mouth and throat. They generally resolve on their own in 10-14 days. There are various over the counter remedies that ...Read more