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How do I know if I have a canker sore or herpes?

How do I know if I have a canker sore or herpes?

See a medical...: Professional for further evaluation and possible testing. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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Canker Sores (Definition)

Almost everyone is infected with this herpes virus. The first episode is usualy in early childhood. It is dramaticaly different from all the later events. The virus is always present. When your immune system is weakened (stress, disease, almost anything) the viri end up stronger than your immune system. They do their job, and ...Read more


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How do I know if I have a canker sore or herpes sore inside of my mouth?

How do I know if I have a canker sore or herpes sore inside of my mouth?

Test: Herpes inside the mouth is more common upon initial exposure and more frequently in childhood. Your doctor can get a culture of the sore for herpes viruses. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a canker sore or herpes on my gums?

How can I tell if I have a canker sore or herpes on my gums?

Appearance/location: Also the history, and duration of the lesion all factor into a proper diagnosis. The treatments are different so get it evaluated by a dentist or primary care provider familiar with oral lesions to be sure ... ...Read more

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I have a canker sore on the in side of my mouth on the top. Now is this herpes?

See below: Canker sores by definition are not herpetic but i would have it looked at to see what it's characteristics are so to define it. ...Read more

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I have a canker sore and i perform oral sex on a woman, can I give her genital herpes?

I have a canker sore and i perform oral sex on a woman, can I give her genital herpes?

Yes: If you have an open sore on your lips, tongue or in your mouth and you have sexual contact the virus causing the lesion can be transferred to your partner. ...Read more

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If I have a canker sore/cold sore, why did my hsv1 test come back negative? I had a canker sore that resulted in giving my girlfriend genital herpes when i gave her oral sex....She's positive for hsv1, but i'm not. Is that normal? Did we take different te

If I have a canker sore/cold sore, why did my hsv1 test come back negative? I had a canker sore that resulted in giving my girlfriend genital herpes when i gave her oral sex....She's positive for hsv1, but i'm not. Is that normal? Did we take different te

Make : Make sure you both are tested for hsv type 1 and 2. It was previously thought that type 1 was only localzed to the mouth and type 2 to the genitals, but that is not correct. Also consider the fact that your gilrfriend already carried the virus and you did not give it to her by giving her oral sex. Take care. ...Read more

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I have one tiny whitish sore on the inside of my lip. It's pretty small with a some redness around it. It's sort of painful. Canker sore or herpes?

I have one tiny whitish sore on the inside of my lip. It's pretty small with a some redness around it. It's sort of painful. Canker sore or herpes?

Canker sore: A canker sore is a painful, open sore in the mouth. Canker sores are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. They are not cancerous. A canker sore is not the same as a fever blister (cold sore). ...Read more

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Is a canker sore a form of herpes?

No: A canker sore is an aphthous ulcer. It occurs indifferent locations than herpetic ulcers. Herpetic ulcers are caused by a virus and occur on the vermillion border of the lip. Aphthous ulcers are on the cheeks and tongue and caused by trauma, stress , hormonal, etc. ...Read more

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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Aphthous Stomatitis (Definition)

Are small, benign but painful ulcers of the mouth and throat. They generally resolve on their own in 10-14 days. There are various over the counter remedies that ...Read more