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AshleyInABottle
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Ya know how mouth ulcers (canker sores) and oral herpes can both occur inside the mouth? Well I was just sitting here thinking..how can you tell the difference between the two? How are they alike and how are they different? I'm not asking to diagnose something I have..cuz I already know I am prone to canker sores (dentist told me), but I was just wondering..

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Mouth ulcers can be from numerous things -- including oral herpes -- and the only way to tell what they are symptomtic of is to have a doctor diagnose the reason for them. In other words, mouth ulcers or canker sores are a symtpom of a disease, herpes is a disease itself.

Often canker sores *are* herpes. Other times, they are ulcers, which can result from oral thrush or cancers, because of biting the mouth accidentally, because of poor nutrition or so forth.

As always, the only way to know what's what is to take it to the doc and find out, and if you haven't done that, for the sake of caution, I'd advise you not to have oral or genital contact when you have them. Considering how common oral herpes is (and it can be genetic), with about one in every one thousand people having it, it is worth being cautious.

Bear in mind too that ANY sore or wound in the mouth makes everyone MASSIVELY more prone to picking up infection or disease.


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