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Doctor insights on: Canker Sore On Side Of Tongue

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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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White spot on the frenulum of my tongue. It looks like a canker sore but not for sure. also like a small flap type thing on each each side?

White spot on the frenulum of my tongue. It looks like a canker sore but not for sure. also like a small flap type thing on each each side?

Need exam: The visual description is not sufficient to diagnose. Particularly if it's been there for more than a few days, I would suggest you have your dentist or primary care doctor have a look. ...Read more

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Within the timeframe of two three weeks three canker sore blister type viruses developed on the sides and tip of my tongue I was not certain what they?

Within the timeframe of two three weeks three canker sore blister type viruses developed on the sides and tip of my tongue I was not certain what they?

Exam: unable to diagnose without a phot or exam: the most common canker sores are from viruses, stress, or vitamin deficiencies. Certainly the commin cold sore or mouth blister is caused in many cases by the HSV1 virus- usually self limited and easily treated with OTC medication. ...Read more

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Can you have a canker sore on your gums? On the side near where the teeth are and not just the inner cheek, tongue, or inside of the lips?

Yes: Recurrent aphthous ulcers are very common on the soft tissue just below the margin of the gum tissue as opposed to a "cold sore" which are recurrent herpetic lesions which respond to Acyclovir or Valtrex (valacyclovir). They also look like blisters before since they have fluid inside them. Aphthous ulcers can recur in the same spots but do not develop a blister. An Rx for Kenalog in Orabase may help for pain. ...Read more

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Why is my canker sore lasting so long? its small but so painful. it hurts to talk. on side of tongue. im fearing cancer. i cant sleep

Why is my canker sore lasting so long? its small but so painful.  it hurts to talk.  on side of tongue.  im fearing cancer. i cant sleep

Symptomatic treatmen: Although self limiting, its very symptomatic. Anesthetic swishes can help symptomatically. Also Kenalog-Orabase a steroid based compound can provide relief by reducing inflammation. Although, these will need to be prescribed by your treating physician. ...Read more

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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