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Yes: The medication has two function: anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic. Remember that canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are different from herpes ulcers (cold sores). There are many triggers, and they are divided into minor and major. Symptomatic relief is usually all that can be provided -- and avoiding things that trigger the aphthae. ...Read more
Herpetic lesions: Canker sores of herpetic origin can be treated palliatively to give relief from the soreness. Abreva is an over-the counter topical gel/medication that you can purchase at your pharmacy that will reduce the length of time that the lesion is active. Your dentist or physician can also prescribe an anti-viral drug (ie. Acyclovir) that can also reduce the length of time and/or onset of appearance. ...Read more
No Magic Cure: Researchers are not sure of the cause of aphthous ulcers. There is no known preventive measure. Treatment is palliative with low level laser therapy able to relieve pain and accelerate healing with about 5 minutes of treatment. Biolase waterlase iplus or md works well in my practice, of the lasers I have tried. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Follow up: dr. Raff -- you said that canker sores do not cause genital herpes. Are canker sores herpes simplex 1 just like a cold sore?
Canker sores: Aphthous stomatitis is not due to herpes simplex. Dr. Namey and dr. Perkins have provided excellent advice and would read these carefully. The location of the herpetic lesions (oral v. Genital) no longer is specific for types 1;2. Cold sores may be herpetic, but not canker sores. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Human herpesvirus 6: You probably don't mean herpes simplex, but human herpesvirus 6 (HHV6). It's one of 9 human herpesviruses, including herpes simpex virus types 1 and 2, Epstein Barr virus (EBV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), and the numbered HHV series. HHV6 causes the common childhood rash called roseola, or exanthem subitum. There has been controversy about a link to multiple sclerosis, but probably not real. ...Read more
Yes: Apthasol ointment helps, but avoid triggering foods. ...Read more
If 1 is diagnosed w/ the herpes mouth virus but have canker sores but never any mouth sores, isn't 1 supposed to get mouth sores & not canker sores?
Not so good: Docosanol (Abreva) has little if any effect against herpes outbreaks. It somewhat inhibits the virus in the lab, but has little benefit in shortening outbreaks. (The same is true for all creams or ointments, such as acyclovir or penciclovir, even though these are far more potent than docosanol against the virus.) Effective treatment requires oral therapy, e.g. valacyclovir or acyclovir. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ony superficially: Genital herpes is a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease (std) caused by the virus herpes simplex type 2 (hsv2). It's related to the virus that causes cold sores or fever blisters in your mouth: hsv1. Canker sores are small ulcers on your tongue or the lining of your cheeks that are probably autoimmune in origin. We don't think cankers are of viral origin because they're not contagious. ...Read more
Canker vs. Cold Sore: Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) and oral herpes (cold sores) are two distinct types of lesions. Unfortunately many patients and even some dentists commonly refer to them interchangeably and do not fully understand the differences and causes. Here is a good resource for clarification: http://publications.Usa.Gov/epublications/fever-blister/fever-canker.Html. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2 different problems: Geographic tongue is a physical trait and there isn't anything you can do about it. Like having freckles or moles. Canker sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus from childhood chicken pox. Reducing trauma and stress are the only remedy. If you can figure out how to eliminate stress from your live tell all of the rest of us and become rich and famous. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior. ...Read more
Your doctor can: Prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more
Prevent canker sores: The specific cause of canker sores(or apthous ulcers) is till unknown. Usually they occur when the immune system is weakened. So the best way to heal them is to avoid getting them. Supplement with vitamin c(500 mg four times daily) and vitamin e (400 iu twice a day) and a multivitamin with magnesium and zinc(taken in the afternoon or evening for best absorption). Avoid stress. Eat breakfast. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have wrong info. Herpes 1 IgG positive. Herpes II IgG indeterminate. How is herpes 1 transmitted via flu or cold sores stress?
Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex is transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual.Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin or mucous membrane contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable method of preventing transmission of herpes, but they merely reduce rather than eliminate risk. ...Read more