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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

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How do doctors tell a difference between a cold sore and a herpes blister?

How do doctors tell a difference between a cold sore and a herpes blister?

They are the same!: You can look at the pictures posted her about the variuos forms of herpes i and ii as well as other on-line searches and compare what you have but the only way to be sure is to have a professional evaluated it. Both hsv i & ii sores will look different at different phases in the sore from onset to resolution & a professional will know all the possible appreances. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a difference between a cold sore and a fat lip?

Infection vs trauma: Cold sores (also called fever blisters.) groups of fluid-filled blisters that often erupt around the lips and sometimes under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 and are very contagious. The initial infection (primary herpes) may be confused with a cold or flu and can cause painful lesions to erupt throughout the mouth. Once a person is infected wi. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a pimple o the lip and cold sore? How did I get it? I was not in contact with anyone who has it.

What is the difference between a pimple o the lip and cold sore? How did I get it? I was not in contact with anyone who has it.

Depends: It kind of depends. The picture shows a classic cold sore. A pimple may be significantly different in its appearance, however, it is sometimes very difficult to tell. If fresh, within a day to three days, a culture can be taken or a dna probe checked. This can be definitive if positive, but not so if negative. Cold sores are exceptionally common affecting up to 75% of all americans. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between a cold sore, a canker sore, and oral herpes?

Tough to explain in: Such a small space. Cold sore=oral herpes, both have viral etiology. Virus released from a dormant state due to stress/immune system breakdown and causes blisters. Canker sore is not of viral cause and related to trauma or immune system issues. All can hurt. Rx steroids for canker, not virus. Check w your dentist for treatment advice. ...Read more

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What's the difference between mouth ulcer or cold sore on the back of my lip?

What's the difference between mouth ulcer or cold sore on the back of my lip?

Lip bubble: A raised area on the inside of your lip that is clear looking and bubble like is most commonly an obstructed minor saliva gland duct. This occurs from food abrasion and eating trauma to the lip. When crushed the duct can no longer release fluid to the mouth. The fluid backs up and creates the bubble appearance. If small no treatment is needed. Larger ones, 4mm, or more do. ...Read more

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What is the difference between mouth ulcer, canker sore, cold sore, and stress sore?

What is the difference between mouth ulcer, canker sore, cold sore, and stress sore?

Mouth sores: All of these types are related to the fact that viruses are present at all times and when the patient is susceptible, i.e., tired, under stress, not eating well, etc, the ulcer appears. Antiviral drugs may helpful but they need to be taken at the first symptoms, abreva is an oct medication that can be purchased and applied with q-tip to the affected lip area. See your dentist if needed. ...Read more

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Pimple or lip cold sore — how can I tell the difference?

Pimple or lip cold sore — how can I tell the difference?

PIMPLE-COLD SORE: Cold sore is on your lip and viral. Pimple is mostly in your face. ...Read more

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How to tell difference from pimple on lower lip or cold sore?

How to tell difference from pimple on lower lip or cold sore?

Cold sore vs pimple: A cold sore turn into one or more blisters. It breaks open and a yellow fluid teaming with virus oozes out. You probably already know what to expect for a pimple. ...Read more

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I'm not sure if I have a cold sore or a pimple. What is the difference?

Cold sore vs : Pimple. A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It breaks open ; releases fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex type 1 virus. Acne could present as a white head, a black head, cystic acne etc. ...Read more