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Why do I get canker sores on my tongue instead of a blister on my lip? I have herpes simplex 1

Why do I get canker sores on my tongue instead of a blister on my lip? I have herpes simplex 1

Different animals...: Canker sores aren't to be confused with cold sores (which result from herpes virus). Canker sores are not viral, and they are not infectious — they are similar to other immune type reactions, such as dermatitis, etc, and are frequently related to stress (local or systemic). The lesion on your lip would more likely be a cold sore, and your tongue is a more typical place to get a canker sore. ...Read more

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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 have herpes simplex 1 and instead I get canker sores on my tongue what can I do to get rid of them faster or prevent them?

Different Causes: Hsv & aphthous ulcers can both benefit from in-office laser therapy (takes less than 5 minutes and significantly reduces pain and length of the presence of the lesions. Hsv episodes can be reduced and on occasion "prevented" with a daily Valtrex (valacyclovir) regimen. Aphthous ulcers, unless you are lucky to have pinpointed what cause yours to surface more readily, there is not a medication that you can take. ...Read more

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Silly question, what can I do for canker sores on my tongue? It seems it dries at night, cuts on the sides, then I get sores. Any ideas, thanks :)

Silly question, what can I do for canker sores on my tongue? It seems it dries at night, cuts on the sides, then I get sores. Any ideas, thanks :)

Bitten tongue: You may be clenching and/or grinding your teeth during sleep, a condition called bruxism. The tongue can become caught between the upper and lower teeth, especially larger tongues which overlap the lower teeth. A mouth guard will help tremendously with this problem. ...Read more

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Can you get canker sores on your tongue? And if so how do you get rid of them? And why do canker soars occur?

Can you get canker sores on your tongue? And if so how do you get rid of them? And why do canker soars occur?

Yes: Stress, excess acid, irritation from a rough tooth, food allergy-multiple reasons, sometimes you need antiviral treatment as a prophylaxis, sometimes reflux treated, often using sliver nitrate heals them faster. 2o% Benzocaine gel is great for the pain. ...Read more

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I get canker sores frequently. However, I am now getting them on my gums and tongue and they are becoming more painful and more frequent.any solutions?

I get canker sores frequently. However, I am now getting them on my gums and tongue and they are becoming more painful and more frequent.any solutions?

Canker sore: Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. If concerned see your dentist for laser treatment, immediate solution. ...Read more

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Under my tongue peels. Most of the time it doesn't hurt. Sometimes I get canker sores. I have a healthy mouth and have no health issues. What is this?

Under my tongue peels. Most of the time it doesn't hurt. Sometimes I get canker sores. I have a healthy mouth and have no health issues. What is this?

Under tongue: Not possible to say accurately without a clinical examination. When the peeling occurs, make an appointment with your dentist or an oral surgeon to have it examined. ...Read more

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What can be best for like those painful sores/canker sores that I get on my tongue sometimes?

What can be best for like those painful sores/canker sores that I get on my tongue sometimes?

Prevention: Canker sore or more specifically aphthous ulcer can be prevented by avoiding a common foam detergent found in most toothpastes called sodium laurel sulfate. Switching to biotene or other toothpaste not containing this ingredient can be the cure in preventing this painful condition. During an episode, 2000 mg of lysine in divided doses per day can decrease the symptoms and time involved to heal. ...Read more

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When I was younger I used to get canker sores all the time but I recently had my tongue pierced. Now I have one again. What do I do to get rid of it?

When I was younger I used to get canker sores all the time but I recently had my tongue pierced. Now I have one again. What do I do to get rid of it?

Be sure of diagnosis: Get examined please. Canker sores are common aphthous ulcers of mouth that occur situationally, often in response to stressors, are bacterial or viral, & can be treated topically with many otc products that reduce local discomfort & potentially speed healing. However, oral/dental problems & a number of systemic diseases cause canker sore-like lesions--Crohn's, Behcet's, STD (sexually transmitted). ...Read more

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Why am i getting canker sores all the time? I get them in the insides of my lip, on my gum, in the throat area/back of tongue, and on my tongue.

Why am i getting canker sores all the time? I get them in the insides of my lip, on my gum, in the throat area/back of tongue, and on my tongue.

No solid answer: Since you are "prone" towards canker sores the best thing you can try to do is ease their pain. You can take Acyclovir regularly to help but it does require a prescription. Lysine might help and you can get that at a health food store. Try to reduce your stress, and if you are a smoker... Quit. See if there are any other habits you have. But I bet the best thing you can do is reduce stress. ...Read more

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I have about 8 canker sores in my mouth. I get canker sores now and then but never this many at a time. Should I be worried?

I have about 8 canker sores in my mouth. I get canker sores now and then but never this many at a time. Should I be worried?

Change toothpaste: There is some evidence that the incidence of canker sores is increased by using toothpaste containing Sodium Laureth Sulfate. This is a foaming agent found in most toothpastes. Rembrandt Gentle White is one such toothpaste. It used to be called Rembrandt Canker Sore Toothpaste but they recently changed the name. You can buy it on Amazon if you can't find it at your local drugstore. ...Read more

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I get canker sores often. I ran out of salt to put in my mouth. It hurts really bad to eat. What do I do?

I get canker sores often. I ran out of salt to put in my mouth. It hurts really bad to eat. What do I do?

Consultation: Recurrent canker sores will need to be evaluated to be sure that there no underlying chronic illness that will require attention. Effective treatment usually require use of topical corticosteroids, lidocaine for pain management and if no response, other treatment options exist. Consultation will also serve to confirm the presumed diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more

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I get canker sores often inside my mouth where is painful to eat & even talk at times is there anything I can use to get rid of them faster or avoid.

I get canker sores often inside my mouth where is painful to eat & even talk at times is there anything I can use to get rid of them faster or avoid.

See below : Canker sores appear in the mouth area (tongue, gums, lip) and are small, shallow ulcers that make talking and eating uncomfortable they are gray and have a distinct edge. The sores will usually heal within 10 to 14 days, without treatment. Avoid spicy food, avoid trauma to the area. Have a good oral hygine and see a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you get canker sores on your lip? I get a lot of canker sores in my mouth so was thinking if its possible. And pimples on lips?

Can you get canker sores on your lip? I get a lot of canker sores in my mouth so was thinking if its possible. And pimples on lips?

Could be: Herpetic clusters. Difficult to diagnose without a clinical exam. Canker sores can be present on the inner aspect of the lips. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Why do people get reacurring canker sores in there mouth?

Why do people get reacurring canker sores in there mouth?

Inflammation: Recurrent canker sores are inflammation and ulcers of the lining of the mouth. These may be triggered by stress, food sensitivity. A good anti-inflammatory treatment is dgl — deglyzzrihinated licorice which calms the oral mucosa when chewed. Also, reflux from the stomach can be associated with canker sores ...Read more

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I get a lot of larger canker sores throughout my mouth often. I generally have about 3-6 at once. What can I do to stop this?

I get a lot of larger canker sores throughout my mouth often. I generally have about 3-6 at once. What can I do to stop this?

Excellent Question: But one that is difficult to answer. As the below article states, the precise cause of canker sores remains unclear, though researchers suspect that a combination of several factors contributes to outbreaks. They may be caused by several triggers or even certain conditions and diseases.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/canker-sore/basics/causes/con-20021262 ...Read more

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What are the causes of canker sores in your mouth and how do you get rid of them?

Stress or trauma: Canker sores can be more common during periods of high stress, trauma and vitamin deficiency. They will heal in about 10 days to 2 weeks. Over the counter medications can make you feel better. Avoid spicy food that can be irritating. Some people are sensitive to sodium laurel sulfate. Taking vitamin b complex supplements can prevent canker sore for many people. ...Read more

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I always get canker sores inside my mouth everysince I was litte. Very painful. How do I stop this?

I always get canker sores inside my mouth everysince I was litte. Very painful. How do I stop this?

Boost immune system: "Canker sores" are a loose name for open mouth wounds. The recurring open sores are commonly herpes simplex viral lesions. They are reoccurring when your immune system is low due to stress, poor dietary habits, sleep loss, other chronic illnesses in the body and vitamin deficiencies. Look also to your oral hygiene and certainly improve it while they are present. Don't irritate them. See a dentist. ...Read more

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What can be used to get rid of a mouth full of canker sores?

What can be used to get rid of a mouth full of canker sores?

Rinse: There is no real cure for a mouth full of canker sores but one thing you can do to make it feel better is create a rinse of 1/2 maalox and 1/2 benedryl liquid. Swish it around you mouth for 1 min and spit it out.
The benedryl reduces some inflammation and the maalox helps sooth it. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of canker sores in mouth?

How can I get rid of canker sores in mouth?

A virus--ugh!: If you use antivirals they will be gone in 7 days--if you do nothing they will be gone in 1 week. Sorry, but there is some truth to the sarcasm. Acyclovir ointment can be applied to the sores. Anesthetic creams can reduce acute pain. I recommend keeping yourself fit to fight the viruses with healthy foods and proper sleep. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of multiple canker sores in my mouth?

How can I get rid of multiple canker sores in my mouth?

That's a lot: Multiple sores in the mouth is not real common. There are also many kinds of sores, causes and solutions. Common aphthous ulcers tend to take about 7-10 days to go away. See your dentist for a diagnosis. Rinsing with warm salt water helps. Also, orabase b can speed up the healing while offering slight numbing from the benzocaine. ...Read more

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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 a 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. ...Read more

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Are there any pills or other oral medicine to get rid of canker sores in the mouth?

Are there any pills or other oral medicine to get rid of canker sores in the mouth?

Really canker sore?: Answered before on healthtap, canker sores are common aphthous ulcers of the surface of the mouth that occur situationally, often in response to stressors, are bacterial or viral, & can be treated topically w/many otc products that reduce local discomfort & potentially speed healing. However, a # of systemic diseases cause canker sore-like lesions--crohn's, behcet's, std (sexually transmitted). ...Read more

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What can I do to get relief from canker sores that arecaused, perhaps, from mouth trauma?

Try OTC: Topical preparations (like benzocaine) can help with pain. Try rinsing with a mouthwash 3-4/day. This might be painful, but often helps the ulcers heal up faster. If the ulcers are not healing or are happening repeatedly check with your md. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 21 years old, I always get canker sores in my mouth and they are extremely painful?

What to do if I am 21 years old, I always get canker sores in my mouth and they are extremely painful?

See your dentist: So-called "canker sores" can be caused by different things. Your dentist should be able to determine what is causing yours and suggest treatment for them, or treatment to prevent them from coming back. It just depends on the cause. ...Read more

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I am constantly getting canker sores in my mouth sometimes up to 4-6 at a time. It's painful. Is there a toothpaste that could help? Any idea why do I get these?

I am constantly getting canker sores in my mouth sometimes up to 4-6 at a time. It's painful. Is there a toothpaste that could help? Any idea why do I get these?

Options: Apthous ulcers and sores are generally stressed or hormonal induced, and you can try debacterol, laser therapy, and/or ask your dentist for multiple options. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes canker sores in your mouth and how do you get rid of them?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes canker sores in your mouth and how do you get rid of them?

Ulcers: No real definitive know cause. Individuals vary in their factors that seem to trigger the onset, which may include nutritional deficiencies, local trauma, stress, hormonal influences, allergies, a genetic predisposition and other factors. They will completely heal w/o a scar in most cases and the treatment of them is usually just an issue of pain management. ...Read more

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How to treat cuts or canker sores in the mouth. Have two marks in lower lip where it got cut &it even hurts to eat. What can I take to get rid of it?

How to treat cuts or canker sores in the mouth. Have two marks in lower lip where it got cut &it even hurts to eat. What can I take to get rid of it?

Gargle and avoid...: Since you mouth is teeming with bacteria, and the sore is the result of a herpes reactivation to due the virus perceiving stress:
1. Reduce the bruden of bacteria near the wound by gargling with listerine or salt water 60seconds twice a day until the sores go away (the bacterial load near the sore may delay healing), and
2. Avoid sour, citrus, acidic, spicey foods which will irritate the sore. ...Read more

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Canker Sores (Definition)

A very common herpes virus ...Read more