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

What's 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 formerly 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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What's the difference between a cold sore and a spot by the lips? Pictures?

What's the difference between a cold sore and a spot by the lips? Pictures?

I am not: Sure what a spot on the lip refers to, but cold sore is usually a blister that opens up leaving a shallow ulcer on the lip. It is caused by Herpes Simplex usually type 1 ...Read more

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What is the difference between a kanker sore, a cold sore and lip herpes?

What is the difference between a kanker sore, a cold sore and lip herpes?

Differences are:: A canker sore is on the mucosa of the month (i.e. Inside the cheeks) and is also known as an aphthous ulcer. A cold sore and lip herpes are the same thing, an oral herpes virus infection. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a herpes sore and a cold sore on your lip?

Yes: One is caused by the herpetic virus and I know of no cure. The appearance can be similar and only sure way to tell would be to do a medical culture lab test.

Generally a cold sore wil be by itself and generally herpes presents with more than one lesion. ...Read more

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Difference between a cold sore and a pimple on corner of mouth?

Virus vs bacteria: A cold sore is a virus typically on lips or inside your mouth. A pimple is a bacterial infection. If it is truly a pimple it is bacterial and either infection in the gland in the corner of your mouth or on the skin near the corner. A cold sore is a herpetic virus, usually more painful typically lasting 10 days to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a blister/cold sore and a canker sore?

Is there a difference between a blister/cold sore and a canker sore?

Cold vs Canker sore: A cold sore or fever blister typically occurs outside the mouth; around the lips, chin and just under the nose, and are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. In the event that a cold sore occurs in the mouth, you'll see it on the gum or soft palate.
Canker sores typically erupt inside the mouth; on the tongue, inner lip and lining of cheeks. Exact cause is unknown. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a lip blister or cold sore?

What is the difference between a lip blister or cold sore?

Blister? / virus: Lip blister could be a burn, having bit your lip and have a salivary gland swollen or possibly some type of chemical burn causing a blister. A cold sore is typically a herpetic virus which will feel feverish, painful and last 10 days to 2 weeks usually. ...Read more