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Recurring canker sores. Do I need special blood tests?

Recurring canker sores. Do I need special blood tests?

Consult your doctor: Sores in the mouth occur due to many reasons, including, nutritional deficiency, viral infection, lichen planus etc. Please consult your doctor for a proper evaluation and to determine if any tests are needed. ...Read more

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Canker Sores (Definition)

Small, shallow, and painful lesions on the tongue, inner cheek, or at the base of the gums, usually with a white or yellow center surrounded by redness. They may occur spontaneously or after a minor injury such as a cheek bite. They usually heal in one to two weeks, but larger sores may persist for ...Read more


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What should I do for painful recurrent aphthous ulcers? Any blood tests or other tests to see what is going on?

What should I do for painful recurrent aphthous ulcers?  Any blood tests or other tests to see what is going on?

Find cause: Some folks "simply get" these. However, if there's several at once, it can warn of a low level of good neutrophil white cells. Other entities to rule in or out based on your history are behcet's, lupus, and crohn's. A variety of remedies, from changing your toothpaste to dissolving a cortisol tablet on the lesion, are all worth trying. The best pain relief is still viscous lidocaine. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for herpes? I've had several pelvic exams, blood drawn, urine analysis. What else can be done? Idk if its warts i had hpv

How do you get tested for herpes?  I've had several pelvic exams,  blood drawn, urine analysis. What else can be done? Idk if its warts i had hpv

History and physical: Urinalysis is worthless as a diagnostic tool, the herpes 2 bloodwork is infamous unreliable, and examination between outbreaks is not helpful. You might have the opportunity to have the suspect lesions seen during a flare -- herpes comes and goes, warts are more likely to remain constant, and there are other lesions that can do either. Good luck and stay proactive. ...Read more

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Herpes test done. Herpes IgG test results. Hsv1. 5.6. Hsv2 <.90. So do I need to be worried about hsv1? No symptoms ever. Help?

Herpes test done.  Herpes IgG  test results. Hsv1. 5.6.     Hsv2  <.90.  So do I need to be worried about hsv1?  No symptoms ever. Help?

IGG= past exposure: Most adults are seropositive for hsv1, or oral herpes, "cold sores". It is transmissible so take precautions, especially if you ever get an outbreak of "cold sores". ...Read more

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I went t a&e tonight they done blood tests to rule out blood clots etc. Wuld they have checked the bld test fr a stomach ulcer?

I went t a&e tonight they done blood tests to rule out blood clots etc. Wuld they have checked the bld test fr a stomach ulcer?

No blood test: There is no blood test for a stomach ulcer. Unfortunately, that is evaluated by endoscopy. Consult a gastroenterologist if persisting concerns. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Recurring mouth ulcers ... Antibiotics / antiseptics won't work ... What could it be and what do I do ?

Recurring mouth ulcers ... Antibiotics / antiseptics won't work ... What could it be and what do I do ?

What's the origin?: Depends on the origin of the ulcers...What's causing them? If treatments prescribed by your dentist have been unsuccessful, it may be time to consider a biopsy. Once the cause is determined, you can more effectively treat. If from irritation from a denture/partial, adjust the appliance. If herpetic in origin, antivirals. If apthous ulcers, try to reduce stress. ...Read more

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Are there any blood tests to see what causes genital lichen sclerosus? My doc did a biopsy. What do they look for?

Are there any blood tests to see what causes genital lichen sclerosus? My doc did a biopsy. What do they look for?

No blood test: Lichen sclerosis is a biopsy diagnosis not a blood test diagnosis. Generally the pathologist sees atrophic changes of the skin- there is a thinner epidermis with a thicker collagen area and there may be some inflammation. it is more common post menopausally and may respond to topical estrogens.It is a benign condition. ...Read more

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What blood test is needed to test for hiv, herpes, hepitites? I have herpes on the lip but how can I find out for sure i don't have genital?

What blood test is needed to test for hiv, herpes, hepitites? I have herpes on the lip but how can I find out for sure i don't have genital?

STD testing: These common infections are easily tested. There are antibody tests for each of these viruses. There are more fancy tests if there is anything acute going on. But you can get tested at any std clinic, any family clinic or even at your obgyn. If you do not have insurance the std clinic may be easier or even planned parenthood can do this testing for you. ...Read more

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What blood tests do I need to test to see if I have natural killer cells in pregnancy? Have had lupus, acb, ANA c4, c3, aa, fib coag, gap thrombophilia

What blood tests do I need to test to see if I have natural killer cells in pregnancy? Have had lupus, acb, ANA c4, c3, aa, fib coag, gap thrombophilia

Get the assay: You can get a flow cytometry to find out. There are different types of natural killer cells and everyone should have them. They are only harmful when present in excessive quantities and out of control. ...Read more

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my herpes simplex?

Regular doctor: Gential herpes can be extremely painful - if you are able to function you don't have to do anything. Your doctor could give anti-viral medication and pain medications if needed to ease your outbreak - but again if you can tolerate the symptoms you can wait and it will usually resolve within 10 to 14 days. If you have frequent outbreaks, suppressive medications could decrease the frequency. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Hi I have negative std check & neg blood work done no HIV but why do I get month to month mouth ulcers? Is there a underlying problem? What can I do?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Canker sores: is the most common oral lesions. Most ulcers, infections will clear up by themselves within a week or two. You should see your GP or dentist if the ulcer gets worse or lasts for longer than 2 weeks. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Wgen you are pregnant and your dr does blood work does this test for herpes ?

Wgen you are pregnant and your dr does blood work does this test for herpes ?

Prego STD screen: Many doctors do not screen for herpes in pregnancy because the best way to screen for genital herpes is when you are having an actual outbreak. Some doctors do screen for it. ...Read more

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If a patient have never treat h.pylori and the blood test IGG come positive and IGM negative. do they have h.pylori ?

If a patient have never treat h.pylori and the blood test IGG come positive and IGM negative.  do they have h.pylori ?

Yes: Patients with H pylori infection usually have a positive IgG anybody however this test and the RGM do not reliably distinguish between old infection or current infection.S Doctor need evaluate you personally and decide clinically whether not to treat you ...Read more

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What can I do to help make HPV leave my body sooner (the virus itself)?? Doing regular check-ups & tests. No sex. I need advice not explanation on HPV

What can I do to help make HPV leave my body sooner (the virus itself)?? Doing regular check-ups & tests. No sex. I need advice not explanation on HPV

Continue follow-up: The best thing to do is keep doing what u are doing which is regular check-ups and follow-up. The body has an immune system which will help you recover -the doctor though needs to monitor your progress. You can help yourself by sleeping well, eating right, avoiding smoking etc -all of that will help your immune system 'do its thing'. There is an HPV vaccine-but u need to talk to your doc about it. ...Read more

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