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Mouth ulcers and cold sores. Can you have both at the same time?

Mouth ulcers and cold sores. Can you have both at the same time?

Yes: Herpes simplex virus 1 which causes cold sores often will cause ulcers on the gums and tongue. The ulcers can be painful. There are other causes of mouth ulcers including the hand, foot and mouth virus and aphthous ulcers. There are rare causes of mouth ulcers as well.

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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


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I am getting mouth ulcers/cold sores constantly for a few days at a time as well as a little genital irritation. What are the chances of an std?

I am getting mouth ulcers/cold sores constantly for a few days at a time as well as a little genital irritation. What are the chances of an std?

Canker Sores: Are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The aphthous ulcers are usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your doctor.

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How can cold sores and mouth ulcers be cured?

How can cold sores and mouth ulcers be cured?

They can't be cured: Both are caused by a virus that lives on nerves and are self limiting to about 14 days. There are treatments to shorten the duration of the outbreaks and limit the pain, but certain stimuli will cause these outbreaks to reoccur from time to time.

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What is a good way to cure cold sores and mouth ulcers?

What is a good way to cure cold sores and mouth ulcers?

Best RX is TIME: The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. If they occur frequently, can take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily as a preventive measure, but will need a prescription. Warm salt water rinses can comfort.

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How can you cure cold sores and mouth ulcers? Is there a rinse?

How can you cure cold sores and mouth ulcers? Is there a rinse?

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 acyclivro 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.

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How can you cure cold sores and mouth ulcers that show up every 3-4 months?

No cure: Treatment of cold sores are with antivirals. Aphthous ulcers take time. L-lysine can treat these and taken regularly can help prent recurrences. Stress is usual cause - emotional, environmental and chemical (citrus, acidic etc). Stresss reduction, exercise and healthy, bland diet, and laughter can help speed healing. If persistent or recurretnt see your primary physician for further eval.

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What is the difference between mouth ulcers and colds sores?

What is the difference between mouth ulcers and colds sores?

Can be the same: A cold sore is a specific type of ulcer that occurs on or around the lips but can be seen sometimes in the mouth. It is caused by the herpes virus. A mouth ulcer is just a generic term and could be a multitude of different diseases (cancer, herpes, apthous, etc).

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Is it normal to have mouth ulcer outbreak after kissing guy with cold sores?

Is it normal to have mouth ulcer outbreak after kissing guy with cold sores?

Yes: Cold sores are transmitted from person to person by kissing. Mouth ulcers are caused by herpes simplex virus 1 which also causes cold sores.

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I have mouth ulcers almost every month & it's the 1st time I've had 2 at the same time. However I noticed a 3rd one forming near the biggest. Worrying?

Talk with your doc: Monthly mouth ulcer is frequent. .. And now you're getting more of them during an episode. Please talk with your doc about how to make them go away faster and how to prevent them. Depending on what's causing them, there may be medicine you can take to prevent them from happening. Also strong well being choices [eating right, exercising, good rest] can help too! Good luck.

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Initially I was told I have canker sores ulcers now tongue lesions and doctor says cold sores hsv1 I'm not homosexual or perform oral sex on anyone?

Initially I was told I have canker sores ulcers now tongue lesions and doctor says cold sores hsv1 I'm not homosexual or perform oral sex on anyone?

Herpes simplex: Over 85% of the population has been infected with HSV and can reactivate at any time. Do not know if that is what you actually have, but if you have no risk factors (unprotected sex, sharing needles, etc.) HIV and other STDs should not be a concern.

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I have a problem of mouth ulcers which is frequently occuring. This time it was complicated with 5-6 sours in toung nd mouth even I had b complextabs?

I have a problem of mouth ulcers which is frequently occuring. This time it was complicated with 5-6 sours in toung nd mouth even I had b complextabs?

Apthous Ulcers-HSV1?: You may have an overgrowth of hsv1 (herpes simplex virus-1) which causes cold sores and apthous ulcers often. Have your dr. Check your levels and there are some anti-viral medications that can help the problem. Best wishes.

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How do I stop getting so many mouth ulcers or canker sores?

How do I stop getting so many mouth ulcers or canker sores?

Avoid acids: You must stop drinking and eating acidic foods and drinks. Stay away from coffee, tea, soda tomatoes tomato sauce oranges and orange juice and other similar foods and drinks. Try taking an ounce of mylanta liquid using this to swish around in your mouth after each meal and before bed. Often saliva can be acidic and lead to ulcers.

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What is the best way to take care of mouth ulcers/canker sores?

What is the best way to take care of mouth ulcers/canker sores?

Canker Sores: Are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The cause is not known. The aphthous ulcers are usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist for exam.

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I always get canker sores\mouth ulcers. What is the cause of this?

I always get canker sores\mouth ulcers. What is the cause of this?

A virus: A good economical fix is to go to your local pharmacy an buy a product called zilactin. Dry the ulcer with cotton tip applicator the apply a small pea sized drop of the gel. Wait until the gel becomes opaque. Plain zilactin stings. Zilactin recognized this and added Benzocaine to their product. The mixture is called zilactin b. You might have a vitamin deficiency. Check with your primary care.

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Are my mouth ulcers always canker sores or can they be something else?

Are my mouth ulcers always canker sores or can they be something else?

2 types: Typical mouth ulcers are caused by viruses and are generally 2 types: herpes or aphthous. They both last about 10 - 14 days. Aphthous ulcers are found on the loose, moving tissue in the mouth -- inside lips, under tongue, near cheek folds. Herpes are on firm tissue -- gums around teeth and roof of mouth. Herpes is very communicable and you can pass it along to other areas of the body (eyes, esp.).

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My mouth ulcers return frequently. One after another. I also feel asleep over day time.

My mouth ulcers return frequently. One after another. I also feel asleep over day time.

See a dentist: Several causes for mouth ulcers. Allergies, vitamin deficiencies, immune system, infections, hormonal so it is best to see a dentist and get checked out and find the cause.

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How can canker sores or mouth ulcers be caused by stress?

How can canker sores or mouth ulcers be caused by stress?

Stress & mouth sores: The reason stress can cause mouth sores is that stress can cause a decrease in your immune system. This in turn can cause different types of problems like apthous ulcers, or stress ulcers to arise in your mouth. Other lesions like herpes simplex, or canker sores on the lips also will arise because the virus causing the lesion is left unchecked by the decrease in the immune system.

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For what length of time do mouth ulcers take to heal?

For what length of time do mouth ulcers take to heal?

Variable: An ulceration is by definition a break in the surface epithelium. There are a variety of causes for why it may occur; however, in general the ulcer should resolve within two weeks. Any lesion present in the mouth for longer than two weeks should be evaluated for potential biopsy.

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Can being tired bring on the cold and mouth ulcers?

Yes.: Cancer sores (aphthous ulcers), and even oral herpes (cold sores) can be brought on by stress and lack of sleep. A good reason to exercise, meditate, and get those zzz's!

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How person know that he have open sores n mouth ulcers in mouth any symptoms or pain??

How person know that he have open sores n mouth ulcers in mouth any symptoms or pain??

Mouth Ulcers: Mouth ulcers are painful, They are sometimes also known as canker sores. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. They are usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist for exam.

Oral Ulceration (Definition)

Oral ulcerations appear as necrotic or eroded areas on the oral mucosa, including the tongue. Most such lesions are idiopathic (aphthous) or of viral etiology (e.g., herpes simplex virus [hsv]; rarely herpes zoster [vzv]). Oral ulcerations may be caused by fungal, parasitic, or bacteriologic pathogens; malignancy; ...Read more


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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more