What are the differences between canker sores and mouth herpes (herpetic gingivostomatitis inside mouth)?

Canker sores vs HSV. Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are painful sores inside the mouth. No one knows what causes canker sores. Herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) typically causes cold sores. Cold sore blisters can occur in many different parts of the body but are most common on or around the lips and cheeks.
Canker sores. Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) have no definitive cause. They are thought to be caused by stress, allergies, trauma, diet, etc. They are usually self-limiting, healing in 7-10 days, with no other symptoms other than topical pain. Herpetic gingivostomatitis is due to a viral infection (herpes simplex virus). It often presents with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise. It usually heals in 7-14 days.

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What is gingivostomatitis? Is it herpes? I have canker sores inside mouth (not cold sores) few weeks ago I had swollen gums. And bump near anus.

Common occurrence . Gingivostomatitis is the long name for a condition that results in a very sore mouth. It's caused by a viral infection( herpes simplex virus) and is common in children. The symptoms can be mild or severe. While it can be disconcerting to see sores in your toddler's mouth — and to know that she hurts — usually there's no cause for worry.Gingivostomatitis can also be caused by a coxsackie virus. Read more...
Be patient. Herpetic gingivostomatitis is a combination of gingivitis and stomatitis and is a common infection of the mouth and gums. Although a self-limiting disease, this oral infection can cause significant mouth discomfort and frustration. The sores usually disappear within two to three weeks, regardless of whether they are treated or not. Read more...

Can you tell me is herpetic gingivostomatitis bad?

No. No. This is a self limiting infection, usually lasting 14 days, then it heals up. You can get recurrence of this infection from time to time, but it is usually limited to one side of the mouth at a time, and just on the tissue that is directly covering bone. Read more...