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How can you tell the difference between impetego and a cold sore? Thanks

How can you tell the difference between impetego and a cold sore? Thanks

Usually by: Its appearance, but need cultures to make sure. Treatment is different, so it is kind of important to see a doctor, who will be able to tell you which it is. Impetigo is caused by bacteria and cold sores by a virus. Cultures take few days to come back, and results might be too late for effective treatment. ...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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What's the difference between a cold sore and angular cheilitis?

What's the difference between a cold sore and angular cheilitis?

Coldsore=herpes viru: Cold sores are caused by a virus and create a usually painful tender sore lasting 10 days to 2 weeks. Angular cheilitis is the raw sore typically found at the corners of your mouth. ...Read more

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What is the difference between angular cheilitis and a cold sore?

What is the difference between angular cheilitis and a cold sore?

Totally different: Angular chelitis occurs at the corners of the mouth sometimes caused by saliva, if you drool at night. A cold sore is a goup of blisters caused by the herpes virus and is contagious. Angular chelitis is not contagious. Angulat chelitis can be treated with creams while cold sore are treated with anti-viral pills. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between a cold sore and an ulcer?

I want to know what is the difference between a cold sore and an ulcer?

Burning and pain: A cold sore is caused by a common virus-herpes simplex. They begin as a burning sensation in the lip area and this is followed by the formation of a blister. The blister ruptures and leaves a painful ulceration that then crusts over and heals within 10-14 days. There are some topical agents that can speed healing or abort the formation of the blister if caught early. Canker sores are ulcerations. ...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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