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Infected Canker Sore
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
Most don't: The mouth is pretty good at fighting off infections and most canker sores don't get infected. But if it is swollen and hot feeling, or has any exudate, you better see a dentist. Just because it has a whitish appearance to it, doesn't mean it's infected. ...Read more
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
Licorice: Licorice has been used since ancient times to treat canker sores in the mouth. Also, small studies show it can be effective when used as a mouthwash -- 50-75% improvement in 1 day. http://tinyurl.com/kr9aeau sucking on dgl lozenges may work also. Other studies showed positive results with a dissolving licorice disk placed on the sore. http://tinyurl.com/mdvde3o. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Canker Sores: Generally, canker sores are painful and have a white crater in the center surrounded by a rim of bright red inflammation. They usually go away after a few days, but there are ways to treat them with topical cortisone or an injection or cortisone that will make them resolve much faster. See you dermatologist for help. ...Read more
Mouth ulcer: Ulcer or opening in the normal mucosal barrier of the mouth usually about half the size of a dime...Much like a brush burn which is a break in the skin barrier it can be painful .... Multiple possibilties as to the etiology...If it is chronic non urgent medical evaluation is needed. ...Read more
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