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Is this cracking at the corners of my mouth a symptom of cold sores?

Is this cracking at the corners of my mouth a symptom of cold sores?

Probably not: Cold sores--or herpes simplex reactivation--usually will present as an area at the lip red border or just beyond, that initially may sting or burn and then goes on to develop a cluster of tiny blisters. These may coalesce into one or more larger blisters and finally open. Cracking at the corners of the mouth is often from licking due to dryness (ie allergies). ...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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Can you get symptoms of cold sores inside the mouth instead of outside?

Can you get symptoms of cold sores inside the mouth instead of outside?

No: Cold sores are related to recurrent herpes virus outbreaks and only occur on regular skin often near the junction of the lip/regular skin. Mouth sores, apthous ulcers, etc. Can be recurrent but are not the same virus. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of herpes/cold sores/canker sores on your lips/mouth?

What are the symptoms of herpes/cold sores/canker sores on your lips/mouth?

Two different things: 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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Should I take igm & igg blood test for Hsv if exposed to g herpes but no outbreak, have other symptoms, and had mouth cold sores in the past. Advice?

Should I take igm & igg blood test for Hsv if exposed to g herpes but no outbreak, have other symptoms, and had mouth cold sores in the past. Advice?

Depends: If the exposure is within a couple of weeks, IgM would be the test to get. On the other hand, there is no harm if getting IgG which would indicate exposure months or years ago. Unfortunately an infected person, even in the absence of symptoms, may infect other people. Until this situation has been settled, insist on condom use. ...Read more

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Is a HSV igm & igg blood test helpful after g herpes exposure 6+months ago? No genital outbreak, other symptoms, but have had mouth cold sores before.

Is a HSV igm & igg blood test helpful after g herpes exposure 6+months ago? No genital outbreak, other symptoms, but have had mouth cold sores before.

Probably yes: The HSV IgG tests are excellent, and a negative result for HSV2 6+ months after exposure shows you were not infected. The HSV1 result should have been positive if your diagnosis of past cold sores is correct, but once in a while the test misses HSV1 (but rarely HSV2). The IgM result doesn't help one way or the other -- it's inherently unreliable anyway, never done by herpes or STD experts. ...Read more

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What usually causes cold sores in the mouth?

What usually causes cold sores in the mouth?

Cold sores: Most cold sores are called aphthous ulcers. They are caused by a virus that the majority of the population has. There is no cure, it usually lays dormant in the nerve endings and erupts in an incident after stress, trauma or external stimulants. They usually last 7-10 days and there are meds that can lessen the duration and intensity. Herpes is another possibility. See a dentist to have evaluated. ...Read more

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Why might someone keep getting cold sores in their mouth?

Why might someone keep getting cold sores in their mouth?

Cold sores: Cold sores are caused by a type of herpes virus that lives in our systems forever. During periods of illness and stress, outbreaks can increase in frequency. Certain medications and foods may also cause them to appear more often. Maintaining general health and reducing stress levels can help keep outbreaks from occurring. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores in mouth?

What causes cold sores in mouth?

Herpes virus: Typically precced by some type of trauma, bite lip, taco chip scrape etc. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores in the corner of my mouth?

What causes cold sores in the corner of my mouth?

Herpes simplex virus: Cold sores are a re-activation of latent herpes simplex virus infection, at the corners of the mouth or elsewhere. Not all sores at the corners of the mouth are cold sores, though; more commonly, cracking or oozing of the skin here represents "angular cheilitis"--the result of frequent exposure to saliva, and may become secondarily infected by bacteria or yeast. See your dentist for more info. ...Read more

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What are the causes of you to get cold sores in your mouth?

What are the causes of you to get cold sores in your mouth?

HSV - 1: Cold sores are painful blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). ...Read more

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Could I get cold sores in mouth?

Yes: Cold sores (fever blisters) usually occur on the lips, mouth, or tongue. ...Read more

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What do I do if I keep getting cold sores in my mouth?

What do I do if I keep getting cold sores in my mouth?

Oral Herpes Simplex: Is a contagious infectious disease. There is no cure for cold sores. Identifying triggers may help a person to prevent recurrences by removing these factors. ...Read more

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How to get rid of cold sores on your mouth?

You cant...: They are normally viral and must run their course. A dentist can treat them to make them less painful. A laser can be used to make them hurt less. There are also over the counter meds that you can apply topically that accelerate healing and reduce pain such as abreva, zilactin, and oragell. ...Read more

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Can toddlers get cold sores anywhere else besides the mouth?

Yes: Cold sores are sometimes called "fever blisters" and may appeear on the lips amd mouth, always on the outside, and sometimes on the cheeks and chin. It is dangerous if they appear on the eye.
Cold sores are oftern confused with "canker sores" that occur on the inside of the mouth and lips. ...Read more

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How do you get cold sores inside your mouth? What is the cause?

How do you get cold sores inside your mouth? What is the cause?

HSV: Hsv causes cold sores which are usually outside of the oral cavity. Perhaps you are referring to a canker sore. ...Read more

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Can you get cold sores from giving mouth to mouth to someone who has cold sores?

Can you get cold sores from giving mouth to mouth to someone who has cold sores?

Yes: Herpes virus is usually shed when a visible sore is present; however, the virus can be present even without a sore showing. You usually need to have a portal of entry for the virus to infect you (cut, dry lips, etc). But is you have been exposed before and have anti bodies against the herpes virus you have be able to fight it off. Wearing lip stick, lip gloss or chapstick will help protect you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a male friend of mine has cold sores near his mouth, what to do?

Can you tell me if a male friend of mine has cold sores near his mouth, what to do?

General precautions: Don't kiss him or have other intimate contact with his mouth. Don't share drinks or cloth towels that touch the face. Otherwise, treat him like a friend so he won't be so self-conscious. ...Read more

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Do cold sores contain white fluid? I have one near my mouth and it really never completely goes away.

Cold sore: The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few days. They usually heal in several days to 2 weeks. Cold sores often referred to as fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus ...Read more

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What can be done to cure cold sores that are in my mouth?

Try lysine: Once a virus gets into your cells it may not be possible to get it out, but if you take a supplement called lysine, you will probably be able to suppress outbreaks of the virus eventually. Also avoid whole wheat bread, nuts and arginine. ...Read more

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My couzin has had cold sores but inside her mouth and denies that she has herpes. So does she?

My couzin has had cold sores but inside her mouth and denies that she has herpes. So does she?

????????????: True cold sores usually occur on the outside of one's lips and much less frequently inside the mouth. Who wants to know and why? That's her business. ...Read more

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How do I distinguish between yeast and cold sores on my mouth?

How do I distinguish between yeast and cold sores on my mouth?

Get an exam: The best way is to get an exam as they can be distinguished by a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are the cold sores on your lips and in your mouth both herpes?

Lip cold sores: Are caused from the herpes virus. Mouth lesions can also be from that virus but they can also be apthous stomatitis ulcers that are not viral in their etiology. Your immune system is suspected in both. Let your dentist look and tell you what they are. Treatment is different for both. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can cold sores and mouth ulcers be cured?

They can't be cured: Both are caused by a virus that lives on nerves and are self limiting to about 14 days. There are treatments to shorten the duration of the outbreaks and limit the pain, but certain stimuli will cause these outbreaks to reoccur from time to time. ...Read more

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How long does painful mouth associated with cold sores last?

How long does painful mouth associated with cold sores last?

10 days is average: 10 days is average but treating the ulcer with hene laser will decrease the time and reduce the pain. If you are susceptible to repeated cold sores you may consider using the hene laser as soon as you become aware a lesion may be forming. Use 30 seconds of spot size on each area of the lesion. ...Read more

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Are cold sores and sores inside the mouth related or the same thing?

Not the same: Recurrent aphthous ulcers and other ulcers in the mouth are not the same. Causes of ulcers are many:
Viral infections, particularly herpes simplex and herpes zoster
Other infectious agents (Candida albicans and bacteria)
Trauma
Tobacco or irritating foods or chemicals
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Cause of Aphthous ulcers is unclear. Diagnosis is clinical. Treatment is symptomatic. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mouth is completely covered in cold sores is this herpes?

Possibly: If it started off as a clear fluid vescicle first and occurs typically in the same place repeatedly, it could by herpes. If not it could be apthae. These - aphthous ulcers -are typically on the mucosa caused by your immune system that attacks your own mucosal tissue. If these ulcers are large and occur frequently, steroid medications may be indicated. Consult with your dentist or physician. ...Read more

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Lots of cold sores inside mouth on cheeks. One in outside corner of my mouth. Really painful. What can this be and how can I get relief?

Lots of cold sores inside mouth on cheeks. One in outside corner of my mouth. Really painful. What can this be and how can I get relief?

Aphthous stomatitis: You are describing a classic case of aphthous stomatitis. Please get a checkup asap to check on your immune system. This situation could be associated with systemic condition. They come and go in episodes manner. Physical checkup and done blood work will get you the proper diagnosis. Mean while get some pain relief medicine. . ...Read more