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I use Burt's bees lip balm and now I have sore lips it is not a canker sore. If you look at my profile picture you will see them. Please help?

I use Burt's bees lip balm and now I have sore lips it is not a canker sore. If you look at my profile picture you will see them. Please help?

Best be seen: In general, given the dry weather after the snowstorm, irritant dermatitis of the lips is common; worsened by lip licking. Furthermore, lip balms often trigger allergic reactions, exacerbating the condition. Steroids may be needed, but get checked first for virus/cold sore or cheilitis; see primary care/urgent care, or video chat. Can't diagnose here. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I have a sore inside my mouth, on my cheek and it feels likea canker sore. However, it doesn't resemble with any of the pictures that I have looked up. Could it be cancer?

I have a sore inside my mouth, on my cheek and it feels likea canker sore. However, it doesn't resemble with any of the pictures that I have looked up. Could it be cancer?

Wide variation: It's nice to try to diagnose something yourself by looking at pictures on the internet, but you really need a trained professional to take a look and diagnose this. Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) can vary widely in size, appearance and number. ...Read more

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Possible canker sore on outside lip, what to do?

Possible canker sore on outside lip, what to do?

No: Canker sores appear in the mouth area (tongue, gums, lip) and are small, shallow ulcers that make talking and eating uncomfortable they are gray and have a distinct edge. The sores will usually heal within 10 to 14 days, without treatment. Outside of the lip, most likely a cold soar. See a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How can you relieve a canker sore on your lip?

How can you relieve a canker sore on your lip?

Symptom management: The cause of apthous ulcers (canker sores) is unknown, and treatment is limited to symptom management. Historically, dentists cauterized these lesions with products like silver nitrate or debacterol, but this strategy may delay healing. Use of a topical anesthetic product, available for purchase over the counter at your local pharmacy, is helpful in relieving pain until healing sets in. ...Read more

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What will heal a recurrent canker sore inside my lip?

What will heal a recurrent canker sore inside my lip?

Laser treatment: The biolase md laser can relieve the pain and speed the healing time of aphthous ulcers or canker sores. Many times a recurrent ulcer is caused by an irritation by something in this area. I would see your dentist to discuss the situation and to check if an irritant is present or something you are eating is causing the ulcer to reoccur. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a canker sore on my bottom lip?

What should I do if I have a canker sore on my bottom lip?

Canker sore: Is the most common oral lesion. 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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Is it normal if you get a canker sore or a cold sore for your lip to swell really bad?

Is it normal if you get a canker sore or a cold sore for your lip to swell really bad?

No, see doc soon...: Uncomplicated canker sore or cold sore of lip should run its uneventful course though expecting to suffer from topical pain. Topical undue swelling needs to be checked out ASAP to see if developing nearby soft tissue infection-cellulitis. To do things correctly, follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. Best wishes to health... ...Read more

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My lip is super swollen from what I belive is a canker sore. Is there anything I can do?

My lip is super swollen from what I belive is a canker sore. Is there anything I can do?

Canker Sores: Are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days. ...Read more

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I have a canker sore on the inside of my bottom lip and it hurts really badly. What can I do to help the pain go away?

I have a canker sore on the inside of my bottom lip and it hurts really badly. What can I do to help the pain go away?

Canker sore: Pat the area dry and apply campho-phenique liquid directly onto the canker sore. It may sting for a short bit but it will help stop the pain and speed up the healing process. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a canker sore on the inside of my bottom lip, that makes it a what causes these annoying sores?

What should I do if I have a canker sore on the inside of my bottom lip, that makes it a what causes these annoying sores?

Canker sores: Canker sores can be caused by stress, an injury such as biting the lip, acidic foods. The exact cause is unknown.
Canker sores heal on their own in 5-7 days.
For protection from irritation during eating, apply orabase ointment (non-prescription), which sticks to the sore to keep it covered. ...Read more

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Well, I woke up three days ago and had a white circle on the inside of my lower lip. How can I tell of it's just a canker sore?

Canker sore: A canker sore will, heal in about 10 days. The best way to determine if this is a canker sore or not is to see a dentist. If this does not heal in 10 -14 days then it would be very important to see a dentist and determine what is going on. ...Read more

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I have a sore on my bottom lip that looks like a canker sore without the white thing on top. It's recurring & lasts for a few months. No pain.

I have a sore on my bottom lip that looks like a canker sore without the white thing on top. It's recurring & lasts for a few months. No pain.

Sore on lip: Any sore that lasts longer than 7-10 days, or any sore that re-occurs should be examined and probably biopsied.
See your dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a canker sore[that I think formed by biting the lip] which tend to came back but it don't appear like the first time.... How can I treat it?

I have a canker sore[that I think formed by biting the lip] which tend to came back but it don't appear like the first time.... How can I treat it?

Canker or Cold sore?: Cankers (recurrent aphthous ulcers) are an "auto-immune" type reaction to trauma/stress (such as biting your lip). They occur on the loose membranes of your lips, cheeks and floor of the mouth. Your dentist can treat with prednisone, laser or chemicals to cut pain. Cold sores are hsv. Abreva helps those some, but most need doc rx. Both go away without treatment in 10-14 days (pain only 3-5 days). ...Read more

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3 weeks ago there was a tiny painful bump on the inside of my lip. It went away in 3 days but now there are 2. It's not a canker sore. What could it be?

3 weeks ago there was a tiny painful bump on the inside of my lip. It went away in 3 days but now there are 2. It's not a canker sore. What could it be?

Need a visual exam: Hi there. Unfortunately what you described may be caused by different reasons. A dentist would have to actually see you and get more information to figure it out. ...Read more

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How can I manage to get this painful canker sore on the bottom of my lip?

How can I manage to get this painful canker sore on the bottom of my lip?

Canker or cold sore?: If it is on the inside of the lip it is a canker sore and can be managed with zilactin. An ointment available without rx at a drug store. Initially stings a little but then your done. ...Read more

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How should I treat a canker sore that's on the inside of my lip (and hurts every time I eat)?

Contact DDS: See your dentist for a definitive diagnosis. The dentist may be able to use laser therapy to lessen the duration of the apthous ulcer. ...Read more

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Frequent reccurring canker sore on the inside of the lip... It appears 3-4 time per month and last max 3-4 days... Should i be worried?

Frequent reccurring canker sore on the inside of the lip... It appears 3-4 time per month and last max 3-4 days... Should i be worried?

Concerned: Most canker sores or apthous ulcers appear for 7-10 days with symptoms. They can be set off by various triggers. They are of an autoimmune source, not infectious. Your frequency of occurrence is more than normal unless you are continuously setting them off. However, there are a number of other causes of oral lesions, like lichen planis, that exhibit as sores. Go see your dentist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How to heal a lip pimple? It looks like a canker sore, but there's more, what is it?

How to heal a lip pimple? It looks like a canker sore, but there's more, what is it?

See a dentist: It looks like a canker sore but there is more to it, but you do not say what is going on. The best thing for you to so is to sea dentist for an exam and diagnosis. Then you can receive the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Giant canker sore and busted lip! the quickest way to heal? Will orajel and lip balm help or hurt?

Giant canker sore and busted lip!  the quickest way to heal? Will orajel and lip balm help or hurt?

See doctor: He may try you on a topical antibiotic or cortisone paste but there is no magic bullet since we still do not know what is causing them. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my lower lip to still be swollen and tender where my canker sore is almost healed?

Probably but....: It's most likely still in the healing phase and within normal limits. The only way to know for sure is to see a dentist who can determine that. ...Read more

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Do busted lips bruise? And what color should it be? Ane during healing should it look like a canker sore?

Do busted lips bruise? And what color should it be? Ane during healing should it look like a canker sore?

Regardless,: The color and the look the prognosis is excellent. He bruising, swelling, bleeding or cuts like canker sores on the lips are common. The rich blood supply in the lip promotes rapid healing, often with little scarring. ...Read more

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I have a large 1/4 inch canker sore on the inside of my lower lip. It has been there for three weeks with no sign of healing. Thoughts?

See an oral surgeon: Or a dermatologist. An exam and possibly biopsy, is important for you. Giant aphthae, primary lues, squamous cell carcinoma come to mind. No diagnosis is possible without exam. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old has a canker sore on the inside of this lip, every time he eats he cries in pain, is there anything OTC we could try to help?

Magic mouthwash: Is a prescription medication that contains viscous lidocaine, diphenhydramine and magnesium hydroxide (or similar). Two of these ingredients, such as Childrens Benedryl a Maalox) are over the counter and can be combined in equal parts and applied with a cotton swab to provide some relief. A dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen along with the topical preparation can also be used. Best wishes ...Read more

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I have a pain on the outside of my bottom lip that started this morning, I don't have herpes and I don't think it's a canker sore what's wrong?

I have a pain on the outside of my bottom lip that started this morning, I don't have herpes and I don't think it's a canker sore what's wrong?

Nonspecific: At this time, with no obvious lesions, your lip discomfort is nonspecific. However, it may be a prodrome to the development of a cold sore(herpes simplex) which often appears as an out break after a couple of days of vague discomfort. Hopefully the discomfort may clear with no lesions appearing. ...Read more

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My canker sore (top right lip) looks deep blood-red as if it's been scratched to bits, is this normal? I'm experiencing no pain at the moment.

My canker sore (top right lip) looks deep blood-red as if it's been scratched to bits, is this normal? I'm experiencing no pain at the moment.

See your MD: If you have a painless lesion on your lip that is like an ulcer you should see a physician right away and get tested for STDs please. A painless lesion could be a chancre and it would be safest to get you tested. ...Read more

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I have one tiny whitish sore on the inside of my lip. It's pretty small with a some redness around it. It's sort of painful. Canker sore or herpes?

I have one tiny whitish sore on the inside of my lip. It's pretty small with a some redness around it. It's sort of painful. Canker sore or herpes?

Canker sore: A canker sore is a painful, open sore in the mouth. Canker sores are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. They are not cancerous.

A canker sore is not the same as a fever blister (cold sore). ...Read more

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I have a canker sore on the inside of my bottom lip. It's been there for a week and it keeps getting bigger. It now has a thick white stuff on it. What should I do?

I have a canker sore on the inside of my bottom lip. It's been there for a week and it keeps getting bigger. It now has a thick white stuff on it. What should I do?

Patience: The white stuff is your skin trying to heal over the sore. It usually takes anywhere from 10-14 days for a sore in the mouth to heal. You can cover it with orabase, use anbesol or another oral anesthetic to ease the pain, or have your dentist use a soft tissue laser on it. ...Read more

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Swollen lip canker sore, ok to go out?

Swollen lip canker sore, ok to go out?

Yes: If you are comfortable with your appearance with the sore, it is fine. However, just to be sure that the sore is not harboring any contagious viruses, avoid touching the area, kissing, and sharing drinking glasses and utensils. Wash hands frequently too. ...Read more

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What should I do to hide swollen lip from canker sore?

What should I do to hide swollen lip from canker sore?

Cold sore: There are over the counter antiviral creams that may help but if you have recurrent sores, you may need to have prescription medications to suppress the virus at the first sign of outbreak. ...Read more

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Aphthous Stomatitis (Definition)

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