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Doctor insights on: Oral Aphthae

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Is oral candidiasis (thrush) contagious?

Is oral candidiasis (thrush) contagious?

No: This is not contagious, everyone harbours this fungus, but it only manifests itself when your immune system is decreased or if you are on antibiotics that throws off your oral cavities bacteria equillibrium. ...Read more

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Are oral herpes from oral sex and ulcers/cold sores similar things?

Are oral herpes from oral sex and ulcers/cold sores similar things?

Same causes: The herpes simplex virus is the primary cause of cold sores and genital herpes. The only difference is the type of virus. Hsv type 1 usually is associated with cold sores and hsv type 2 is associated with genital herpes. However any one can get cold sores if they come into contact with the genital area of an hsv type 2 infected person who is contagious at that time and vice versa. ...Read more

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Does aphthasol (amlexanox) (rx) for canker sores (aphthous stomatitis) work?

Does aphthasol (amlexanox) (rx) for canker sores (aphthous stomatitis) work?

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

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Can Zicam oral spray cause canker sores and gum irritation?

Can Zicam oral spray cause canker sores and gum irritation?

It's very unlikely: the canker sores to be caused by Zicam oral spray as Zicam is used by some practitioners for treatment of canker sores. ...Read more

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Can canker sores spread through oral sex?

Can canker sores spread through oral sex?

Not likely: Canker sores have not been proven to be caused by a virus or bacteria, and they are not contagious, or a sign of any other disease. ...Read more

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Could mouth ulcers (lichen planus) result in oral cancer?

Could mouth ulcers (lichen planus) result in oral cancer?

LP is not related: Oral lichen planus is an autoimmune disease and even erosive LP is not related to mouth cancer. If concerned, see an oral pathologist specialist for LP management. ...Read more

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Could oral sex cause canker sores?

Could oral sex cause canker sores?

Depends: A true canker sore is an auto-immune condition that is not contagious. It can occur as a result of different types of stress. However, a herpetic ulcer can be mistaken to be a canker sore. Herpetic ulcers are contagious and can be transmitted by oral sex. ...Read more

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Can canestan oral antifungal pill cure oral thrush on tongue?

Not a good choice: Even though canestan is an antifungal, it would not be the drug of choice for oral thrush. If you have thrush-like symptoms on your tongue, you should see your dentist or physician, because there are several different medications used to treat this yeast-like fungus, depending on the severity of the thrush, your own health, and your immune strength. It would not be wise to treat this yourself. ...Read more

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Can canker sores be transmitted sexually? (Ex oral sex)

Can canker sores be transmitted sexually? (Ex oral sex)

Canker sore: Canker sores are not caused by viruses so they are not transmitted by contact. But there are other kinds of sores that are viral and could be transmitted. ...Read more

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Is an ulcer in their mouth oral herpes?

Is an ulcer in their mouth oral herpes?

Oral lesions: There can be many different causes of an oral ulcer, other than herpes. A doctor can distinguish the different causes of an oral ulcer with proper evaluation. All the best! ...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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Can oral herpes cause sore gums?

Can oral herpes cause sore gums?

Yes: A primary herpes simplex virus in infants in children can cause significant soreness of all the tissues within the mouth. Recurrent oral herpes lesions occur more commonly on the exterior lips, but occasionally cause lesions on the gums and the hard palate. ...Read more

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Are mouth ulcers are a symptom of oral herpes?

Are mouth ulcers are a symptom of oral herpes?

Not always: Oral herpes is one of many causes of oral ulcers. For some ulcers, we cannot find a cause. It is impossible to diagnose the cause of the ulcers without a good clinical examination. ...Read more

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Is Oral Thrush Dangerous?

Not normally: Thrush is typically an uncomfortable but not dangerous condition in otherwise healthy people. ...Read more

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Oral lachen planus dangerous?

Oral lachen planus dangerous?

Rarely oral cancer: Chronic oral lichen planus can in a small percentage develop oral cancer. Topical prescription creams such as retin a (tretinoin) can be used in the mouth to treat oral lichen palnus. I have experience with oral Metronidazole as a treatment for lichen planus with good results. You need to be checked for hepatitis C which can be associated with lichen planus as well as review drugs as contributory cause. ...Read more

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Can oral thrush cause dental problems/cavities?

Can oral thrush cause dental problems/cavities?

Definitely, no: While it is common for oral thrush to grow on the cheek and tongue, it is not so common to find Candida in plaque and there is no relation to tooth decay. ...Read more

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Is oral thrush contagious when kissing?

Potentially.: Thrush is an infection of the oral cavity caused by yeast (candida). Most individuals with a healthy immune system have good resistance to yeast infections, so kissing is usually safe. But there can be confounding factors. Steroids such as oral Prednisone or inhaled steroids for asthma; numerous antibiotics (oral or iv) can predispose to yeast infections. Clearly hiv/chemo patients are more prone. ...Read more