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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

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


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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?

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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Could i pass herpes through a canker sore?

No: Canker sores are not herpes so you will not pass this to anyone else. But be careful and make certain you have a canker sore and not herpes because because herpes lesions and canker sores look similar, but they occur on different parts of the mouth. ...Read more

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If I have herpes and my son gets a canker sore does he have herpes how do u know the differance?

If I have herpes and my son gets a canker sore does he have herpes how do u know the differance?

Blood test/culture: Both you and your child can take a blood test for herpes and can culture the sore. That should help narrow it down. ...Read more

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Reoccuring 1 canker sore in the same spot, I got tested for herpes 2 months ago and they came back negative, what is it?

Canker sore : Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days or visit today for laser immediate amelioration. ...Read more

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Oral herpes or canker sore, what's the difference?

Oral herpes or canker sore, what's the difference?

Very different: Aphthous ulcers (cankers) are on the gums or tongue, different spots on different days. Herpes will come on the same place on the lip, usually after a tingling (prodrome). Treatment ; symptoms are very different. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a canker sore and oral herpes?

How to tell the difference between a canker sore and oral herpes?

Canker solitary: Herpes are usually in clusters of two or more sores. The area around and under the ulcer is hard, swollen & tender. The edges of the herpetic ulcer are typically indistinct. A canker is usually a solitary ulcer with a discrete uniform edge, round to oval in shape, with a definite bottom - like a crater on the moon. The area around & under the canker is neither swollen nor hard. ...Read more

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

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

See MD or DDS: While I can tell you the basic differences between the two and you can Google if for further information as well as photos, ONLY by seeing a trained health care professional, whether it's a physician or a dentist can you be sure. ...Read more

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

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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I got canker sore and use same spoon w/ people who has herpes. She didn't have lesions right now. I start acyclovir 20 min later. Will I get infected?

I got canker sore and use same spoon w/ people who has herpes. She didn't have lesions right now. I start acyclovir 20 min later. Will I get infected?

Relax: Herpes on the face, hsv1, is very common but most people have no symptoms. Most likely you already carry hsv1 and cannot get it again. People who have the virus will sometimes have it on the lip, but most days there is no virus there in the absence of a sore. So your risk is small. ...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


Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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Canker Sores (Definition)

A very common herpes virus ...Read more