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Can you advise for cold sore or canker sore?

Can you advise for cold sore or canker sore?

Canker sores : 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. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days or visit today for laser immediate amelioration. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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How can I know if this is a canker sore or cold sore ?

How can I know if this is a canker sore or cold sore ?

Canker movable gums: Canker sores are usually located on tissue that moves in the mouth; for example, the inside of the cheek, under the tongue; cold sores are usually located on the lips, on the external surface of the lips. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between a cold sore and canker sore?

Whats the difference between a cold sore and canker sore?

Cold sore vs canker: Neither one is a medical terminology. Both are often used interchangeably as they are used by non-medical professionals. A cold sore usually involves lips, and is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. A canker sore in medicine is called aphthous stomatitis, which usually involves tongue or inside the gum. We don't know what causes it, but it often happens again and again, triggered by stress. ...Read more

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What s the difference between a cold sore and canker sore?

What s the difference between a cold sore and canker sore?

Very different: Cold sores are typically lesions on the lip that stem from infections with herpes viruses (nongenital or genital strains). Canker sores are formally known as aphthous ulcers and occur within the mouth. It's not totally clear why, but probably immune and environmental factors are at play. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a cold sore and a canker sore?

What's the difference between a cold sore and a canker sore?

Cold vs canker sores: Cold sore are fluid filled blisters that frequently occur around the mouth and lips. They are caused be herpes simplex virus and are highly contagious. This virus is always with you and things like stress can cause an outbreak. Canker sores are ulcerations inside your mouth on the soft tissues like the buccal mucosa, cheek, soft palate. They can be very painful, heal in 10 days, unknown cause ...Read more

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What's the difference between a cold sore and a canker sore?

What's the difference between a cold sore and a canker sore?

Differences: There are varying opinions but: Cold sores are a cluster of blisters that first appear clear then become cloudy. First infection may be inside the mouth, but cold sores generally appear outside the mouth on the lips. Canker sores are gray or white sores surrounded by a red inflamed area. They occur only inside the mouth, on the tongue or the insides of the cheeks, lips or throat. ...Read more

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How can I know if this is a cold sore or a canker sore or something else?

How can I know if this is a cold sore or a canker sore or something else?

See your dentist. : 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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I get canker sore at least twice a week and cold sore twice or more in a month. This is getting a bit too annoying. What is wrong with me? Any cure

I get canker sore at least twice a week and cold sore twice or more in a month. This is getting a bit too annoying. What is wrong with me? Any cure

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

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


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