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Can you get a cold sore on your gums?

Can you get a cold sore on your gums?

Definitely, yes: Canker sore is the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (the cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. Cold sores typically result from a viral infection called herpes simplex virus (HSV) and are also self-limiting. ...Read more

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 very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Cold sore on my gums. Hurts really bad. What works?

Tea Tree oil: Tea tree oil on a qtip or melissa oil. It stings but works well. 3-5 x a day. Homeopathic rhus toxicodendron also works well as does a chinese herbaceutical called schmoove (www. Franzcenter. Com). If they are recurrent ask your doctor about Valtrex (valacyclovir) - a medication to help. If they are recurrent you have an immune system needing boosting and chinese medicine can really help. ...Read more

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Cold sore swelling on lip and gum. What can I use on this?

Cold sore swelling on lip and gum. What can I use on this?

Cold sore: Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also ^ healing. * for lip: melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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A big cold-sore like lesion between the crack of my cheek and right upper gums. Painful since this morning. What is causing this?

A big cold-sore like lesion between the crack of my cheek and right upper gums. Painful since this morning. What is causing this?

Virus: It could be a virus, but then again your wisdom tooth may be erupting and you're pinching your cheek between the tooth and your jaw. Must be seen in person to diagnose correctly. Please call your local dentist. ...Read more

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Whenever I take nicotine (either through gum or spray) I instantly feel my lip tingling as if I'm about to get a cold sore. Why is this?

Whenever I take nicotine (either through gum or spray) I instantly feel my lip tingling as if I'm about to get a cold sore. Why is this?

Nicotine reaction: You may have an allergic reaction to nicotine gum or spray. Tingling lips could be symptomatic of other medical conditions. See your pcp for proper diagnosis and guidance re continuing nicotine gum or spray. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can it be that a cold sore causes someone to have swollen gums, canker sores, and causes tongue to have missing taste buds?

Can it be that a cold sore causes someone to have swollen gums, canker sores, and causes tongue to have missing taste buds?

Cold sores: What you describe is not just the cold sore causing other oral problems but a possible systemic infection
sometimes strep throat can result in all these symptoms so please see your doctor to resolve the problem. ...Read more

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I have some small white/yellowish bumps on the inside, back of my lip. In between my gums and lip line. Painful, bleed sometimes. Canker or cold sore?

I have some small white/yellowish bumps on the inside, back of my lip. In between my gums and lip line. Painful, bleed sometimes. Canker or cold sore?

Aphthous ulcer: It's most likely a canker sore. It is painful, I get them sometimes when I eat acidic foods. You can put some oil of clove on it to numb it. It will burn a bit when you put it on but will go away within a few minutes. If your dentist has a soft tissue laser that can also help with the healing process. It should go away in about a week. Hope this helps!!! ...Read more

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French kissed this guy twice. Lips and gums burn and gums aches. For more than a week. No blisters, bumps or cold sore. What's wrong?

French kissed this guy twice. Lips and gums burn and gums aches. For more than a week. No blisters, bumps or cold sore. What's wrong?

Ask your doctor: There are many conditions associated with pain or discomfort, soreness or burning inside of mouth and swollen gums. It could be toothbrush irritation and/or dental abscess. Any of these symptoms are more than just annoying; they can indicate a serious medical condition and require prompt medical diagnosis by your dentist or pcp. ...Read more

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Cold sore on top lip and inside nostril, sore gums and roof of mouth?

Cold sore on top lip and inside nostril, sore gums and roof of mouth?

An outbreak.: Sounds like you have an outbreak of cold sores. They do come in numbers sometimes and the best thing do is go to your dentist or md and get a script for acyclovir. If you are prone to these outbreaks or even singular sores. Then have some of that drug on hand at all times. ...Read more

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I cut my lingual frenulum from kissing. For the next few days, I suffered from a mouth ulcer, a cold sore, infected tonsils, headaches, and my gums seemed to lower. Could it be hiv?

I cut my lingual frenulum from kissing. For the next few days, I suffered from a mouth ulcer, a cold sore, infected tonsils, headaches, and my gums seemed to lower. Could it be hiv?

No, relax: You may be overreacting. More likely, you have strep throat or pharyngitis. The cold sore is probably stress-related because you have pharyngitis are perseverating over this situation. Hiv transmission rate is very small orally, unless you were both bleeding. That being said, you should consider the possibility that there are much less painful ways of kissing people. ...Read more

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I started with a cold sore and now have many more all over my mouth. I also have red bumps on the back of my tongue and throat. My gums are inflamed and bleed when I brush my teeth, and seem to be cut up. Is that a side effect of herpes too?

I started with a cold sore and now have many more all over my mouth. I also have red bumps on the back of my tongue and throat. My gums are inflamed and bleed when I brush my teeth, and seem to be cut up. Is that a side effect of herpes too?

Dr. Can check throat: Throat pain can be from strep throat (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause. One's FIRST case of oral herpes can cause mouth sores from front to back. Later recurrences should cause cold sores on or near the lips. To lessen mouth pain, one can see her doctor and ask about mouth rinses (some contain anesthetic, Maalox, Benadryl, etc.). ...Read more

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Large sore left side roof of mouth proceeding to the gums around near by teeth. Happened once before but right side. Too painful to eat. No cold sores?

Large sore left side roof of mouth proceeding to the gums around near by teeth. Happened once before but right side. Too painful to eat. No cold sores?

Sore: "Sore" requires visualization, possible imaging, possible lab tests, to identify. Until it can be identified the appropriate treatment regimen cannot be recommended. Please call your Dentist for an emergency appointment. ...Read more

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Massive outbreak of cold sores on top lip and nostril. Sore tongue, sore gums and sore throat?

First episode?: This sounds like primary herpes simplex gingivostomatitis. Untreated it may last 3 weeks but Acyclovir (zovirax) or valayclovir (valtrex) should lessen it substantially. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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What is a cold sore?

What is a cold sore?

"fever blister": Cold sores are little blisters that form on the lips or mouth. They are caused by a herpes simplex virus. The blisters often break open and leak a clear fluid, then scab over after a few days. ...Read more

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Is a cold sore heaper?

Cold sores: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. ...Read more

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Do a cold sore pusses?

Do a cold sore pusses?

It can appear so..: Small cold sores often appear with just slightly yellowish fluid (plasma-like) but larger ones can look like puss-filled lesion. The body white blood cells attack the virus, cause inflammation, fluid accumulation and thus appears as puss. These often resolves spontaneously. If it becomes larger and large with more redness/pain, it could secondary infection/boil. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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First cold sore, what to do?

First cold sore, what to do?

Cold sore: Your physician can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. ...Read more

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What is similar to a cold sore?

What is similar to a cold sore?

Similar in what way?: As a viral entity, recurrent hsv is similar to shingles-the recurrent form of chicken pox virus. As an inflammatory lesion, it can be confused with recurrent aphthous ulcers or angular chilitis. As an unknown/undiagnosed lesion, it can mimic a pre- or cancerous lesion in some stages, or even simple trauma. Definitive diagnosis can be made with accurate history, clinical presentation and biopsy. ...Read more

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What should I do for a cold sore?

OTC: There are treatments like abreva that are over the counter and work well. If you get them all the time you may want to ask your md for an rx for acyclovir. That said they heal by themselves in 7-10 days. ...Read more

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What happens if u pop a cold sore?

What happens if u pop a cold sore?

You will release: A huge # of herpes simplex type 1 viruses - yes, contagious! ...Read more

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What are the stages of a cold sore?

What are the stages of a cold sore?

3 stages: Stage 1 the virus enters the shin thru a small break or abrasion in the skin and a sore may develope.
Stage 2 the vius moves into your nerve tissue.
Stage 3 the virus awakens due to stress and causes new sore or symptoms. ...Read more

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Would if be okay to pop a cold sore?

Best to leave intact: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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What could be causing a repetitive cold sore?

Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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What should I put on a cold sore that is popped?

What should I put on a cold sore that is popped?

3 things: The herpetic lesion lasts7-14 days no matter what.
If it is unsightly you can get special little band aids to cover.
You can use an rx antiviral creme to lessen time and severity.
Lastly. Otc cremes can be used which are mostly palliative. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore, what to do?

Your doctor can: Prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more

Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more