Treating Canker Sores and Cold Sores
Canker sores are small ulcers that appear inside the mouth. They can be extremely painful and even disrupt your ability to eat or talk. Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are not the same as canker sores (though they are easily confused as being the same). Instead, cold sores are part of the herpes simplex type 1 virus and are a painful, fluid-filled blister. What’s worse is that they are contagious.
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Cold Sores Versus Canker Sores
Cold sores are extremely contagious and are caused by a virus. They usually appear outside of the mouth – typically under the nose, under the chin or around the lips. Canker sores, on the other hand, are not contagious and happen inside the mouth. Unlike cold sores, the cause of canker sores is not known.
Canker sores can be caused by a variety of things, including:
• Stress or injury to the mouth tissue
• Acidic foods and drinks
• Sharp dental appliances or tooth surfaces
• Impaired immune system
• Nutritional issues
• Gastrointestinal tract diseases – such as celiac or Crohn’s
The Symptoms of Canker Sores and Cold Sores
The symptoms of canker sores and cold sores can be somewhat similar, but there are ways to tell if you have a canker or cold sore in your mouth.
You may have a canker sore if:
• There are painful sores inside your mouth, on the tongue or on the back roof of your mouth
• The sore area tingled or burned before the sore appeared
• The sores in your mouth are round, have a reddened edge and are white or
• In severe cases, you may have a fever, swollen lymph nodes or sluggishness.
You may have a cold sore if:
• The fluid-filled blisters are red, burning, itching or painful to the touch
• The sores are swollen, and your gums are sensitive and deep red in
• The sore appears on the outside of the mouth
• You exhibit flu-like symptoms
• There is a tingling or itching sensation in an area where you had a previous cold sore outbreak
Treating Canker and Cold Sores
Sores that are large, persistent and painful should be treated by a dental professional. Your dentist can prescribe an
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