What is the difference between a canker sore and a cold sore. Does Oral Herpes have anything to do with these??
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Well ... they're almost the same, both are connected to the mouth somehow
Canker sores are generally inside your mouth and aren't open. I have braces, so i get these all the time from metal poking at me and stuff. Cold sores are generally outside of your mouth and break open eventually. Cold sores can be spread and canker sores can't (b/c cold sores are open and canker sores aren't) ... For both if you rinse w/ salt and water a few times a day for a few days, it'll help get rid of them. Hmm i think that's about it
Yes, canker sores are not contagious, and cold sores are. Canker sores are not caused by a virus, while cold sores are. Also, canker sores usually occur on the movable parts of the inside of your mouth, and cold sores occur on the outside of your mouth (**but it is possible for them to occur on the inside..but more commonly on the immovable parts**). I've done so much research on this stuff cuz I suffer from canker sores very often, so I hope I've helped!
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Any kind of mouth ulcer may or may not be infectious or contagious. The thing to understand is that generally, they are a symptom of something else, unless they are what is called an aphthous ulcers, or...
...canker sores. And those are highly prevalent in teens and are usually benign and their cause unknown.
However, if you continue to get ANY sort of mouth ulcer again and again, you need to have some tests done. Mouth ulcers can be benign, but they can also be a symptom of herpes simplex, a drug allergy, a mouth cancer, or the recently discovered hairy leukoplakia, which is a condtion that occurs due to HIV.
As well, ANY sort of open sore in or on the mouth makes you and your partner more susceptible to STD/STI transmission, regardless of what the sore is, because it offers an open passageway. Therefore, it is doubly important if you have a sore in or around your mouth to practice safer sex for oral sex.
cold sores(AKA Fever blisters) is caused by the herpes symplex 1 virus which if very common. like 80% of the population carries the symplex 1 virus while only 10% of that break out with blisters(I happen to be on of the unlucky but only happens after i get the flu or a very bad cold).
Really, 80% is the highest end of most estimates. Putting different stats together, it comes out to be closer to 60%.
Canker sores aren't a medical mystery, I think you're misunderstanding a bit.
What they are is usually a SYMPTOM of something else (like dietary or nutrition issues, hormone shifts, allergies, herpes...), or a mouth injury. It isn't that doctors don't know what they are (except in some cases) or where they come from, but that it differs from sore to sore and person to person.
BOTH kinds of sores CAN be herpes, and ANY sore on the mouth is a wide-open pathway to infection from other viruses or diseases (including STDs).
Never try and self-diagnose sores: only a doctor can do that, and if you have a mouth sore, it's very important -- herpes or no herspes -- to practice safer sex precautions and avoid genital contact with the sore.
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