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Is Painless Mouth Sores A Symptom Of Cold Sores
Cold sores cause millimeter, fluid-filled lesions also known as fever blisters to occur periodically. In youngsters they may be caused by stress; in adults they may be passed from person to person by kissing or sex. Cold Sore triggers include stress, fatigue, cold weather, dental trauma and weakened immune condition. Medications improve comfort but don't cure cold sores. ...Read more
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 benign (not cancer). Canker sores can run in families. They may also be linked to problems with the body's immune (defense) system. The sores may occur after a mouth injury due to dental work, aggressive tooth cleaning, or biting the tongue or cheek. Canker sores can be triggered by emotional stress, dietary deficiencies (especially iron, folic acid, or vitamin B-12), menstrual periods, hormonal changes, food allergies, and similar situations. They occur most commonly with viral infections. In some cases, the cause can not be identified. Treatment is usually not necessary. In most cases, the canker sores ...Read more
The mouth sores associated with behçet's disease: where are they typically located, in mouth or lips? And are they like canker sores or cold sores?
What type of doctor should I see for large, frequent cold sores. I'm also starting to get mouth sores & my tongue, inner cheeks & throat is sore?
Several: Any dentist, dental specialist, ent, internist, gp, etc, are educated it this problem. ...Read more
Had fever, headaches, chills, runny nose, cold sore, and lip sore all together. Worried about the mouth sores as I never get them. What could this be?
Seasonal Flu: Stay hydrated, get enough rest and and use OTC decongestants. If it does not resolve in 10-14 days, or it keeps getting worse see your doctor. ...Read more
Past 4 days get worse swollen gums swollen glands bad headache feel extremely cold sore thoat today woke w/ small mouth sores nausea sudden ab pain?
Go see a doctor: What you have can fit into a number of things. You will be best served by going in person to seek medical help. A physical exam will result in proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Probably not: Cold sores--or herpes simplex reactivation--usually will present as an area at the lip red border or just beyond, that initially may sting or burn and then goes on to develop a cluster of tiny blisters. These may coalesce into one or more larger blisters and finally open. Cracking at the corners of the mouth is often from licking due to dryness (ie allergies). ...Read more
Two different things: Cankers (recurrent aphthous ulcers) are an "auto-immune" type reaction to trauma/stress (such as biting your lip). They occur on the loose membranes of your lips, cheeks and floor of the mouth. Your dentist can treat with prednisone, laser or chemicals to cut pain. Cold sores are hsv. Abreva helps those some, but most need doc rx. Both go away without treatment in 10-14 days (pain only 3-5 days). ...Read more
Should I take igm & igg blood test for Hsv if exposed to g herpes but no outbreak, have other symptoms, and had mouth cold sores in the past. Advice?
Depends: If the exposure is within a couple of weeks, IgM would be the test to get. On the other hand, there is no harm if getting IgG which would indicate exposure months or years ago. Unfortunately an infected person, even in the absence of symptoms, may infect other people. Until this situation has been settled, insist on condom use. ...Read more
Born w/ neutropenia, I have suffered w/cold sores on my lips/nose 4 yrs. Now im getting them inside my mouth, tongue& roof. Isn't that a sign for HIV?
Is a HSV igm & igg blood test helpful after g herpes exposure 6+months ago? No genital outbreak, other symptoms, but have had mouth cold sores before.
Probably yes: The HSV IgG tests are excellent, and a negative result for HSV2 6+ months after exposure shows you were not infected. The HSV1 result should have been positive if your diagnosis of past cold sores is correct, but once in a while the test misses HSV1 (but rarely HSV2). The IgM result doesn't help one way or the other -- it's inherently unreliable anyway, never done by herpes or STD experts. ...Read more
It hurts to swallow, have cold sores in mouth, swollen glands in neck, and somewhat achy all over; what would cause all these symptoms?
Sometimes: Sometimes but please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
Small dark reddish patch on bottom lip with a little cut with no other symptoms. Never had cold sores before, so what is it? Suddenly appeared too.
Yes: Herpes virus is usually shed when a visible sore is present; however, the virus can be present even without a sore showing. You usually need to have a portal of entry for the virus to infect you (cut, dry lips, etc). But is you have been exposed before and have anti bodies against the herpes virus you have be able to fight it off. Wearing lip stick, lip gloss or chapstick will help protect you. ...Read more
????????????: True cold sores usually occur on the outside of one's lips and much less frequently inside the mouth. Who wants to know and why? That's her business. ...Read more
You cant...: They are normally viral and must run their course. A dentist can treat them to make them less painful. A laser can be used to make them hurt less. There are also over the counter meds that you can apply topically that accelerate healing and reduce pain such as abreva, zilactin, and oragell. ...Read more
No cure- it's herpes: More than likely it's caused by a herpes outbreak (hsv-1 typically). Drinking acidic fluids can make the situation worse; with poor dental hygiene, the burden of bacteria will allow the ulcers to fester. In certain instances, medications such as Acyclovir can help. Otherwise, the burden of oral bacterial can be tamed by the use of either listerine or a warm salt water gargle for 1min, 3 times daily. ...Read more
Get an exam: The best way is to get an exam as they can be distinguished by a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm aware that you get cold sores on your mouth but is it only contagious when there is an outbreak or all the time?
There is some: Possibility of spreading a cold sore even when there is not an active lesions. ...Read more
Lip cold sores: Are caused from the herpes virus. Mouth lesions can also be from that virus but they can also be apthous stomatitis ulcers that are not viral in their etiology. Your immune system is suspected in both. Let your dentist look and tell you what they are. Treatment is different for both. Good luck! ...Read more
Cold sores are sometimes called "fever blisters" and may appeear on the lips amd mouth, always on the outside, and sometimes on the cheeks and chin. It is dangerous if they appear on the eye.
Cold sores are oftern confused with "canker sores" that occur on the inside of the mouth and lips. ...Read more
Herpes simplex virus: Cold sores are a re-activation of latent herpes simplex virus infection, at the corners of the mouth or elsewhere. Not all sores at the corners of the mouth are cold sores, though; more commonly, cracking or oozing of the skin here represents "angular cheilitis"--the result of frequent exposure to saliva, and may become secondarily infected by bacteria or yeast. See your dentist for more info. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Good day; Cold sores cause millimeter, fluid-filled lesions also known as fever blisters to occur periodically. In youngsters they may be caused by stress; in adults they may be passed from person to person by kissing or sex. Cold Sore triggers include stress, fatigue, cold weather, dental trauma and weakened immune condition. Medications improve comfort but ...Read more