People of all ages can get cold sores and canker sores, which are common. Many people have had to deal with these, but many don’t know what they are or how to treat them.Cold sores and canker sores both show up in or near the mouth, but they are very different from each other. Then, we’ll show you how to tell them apart, treat them, and keep them from happening again.We in Greeley Dental care in Colorado provide both cold sores and canker sores treatment.
They are called “cold sores.”
Cold sores are sometimes called “fever blisters,” but you may not have heard of them before. They are a sign that you have an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1, which is why they are also called oral herpes.Oral herpes is not as common as genital herpes, which is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 2.
There is a virus that can stay in your body even if you’ve had cold sores before. It can come back when you get them again.
Things that can cause cold sores:
- Cold, flu, or fever
- Sunbathing too much can cause stress.
- Hormone changes, such as when a woman has a period and is pregnant, happen.
- Trauma to the face, such as cuts or facial surgery, can cause pain and swelling.
- It’s hard to tell if you have cold sores.
This cold sore type is called oral herpes because the virus lives in and around the mouth. This is why it is called that.
It generally occurs in:
- Roof of the mouth and Tongue
These sores can be itchy, burn, itch, and drain fluid for about 7 to 10 days.
Yes, cold sores can spread.
Unfortunately, cold sores can be very contagious. One of the most common ways people get cold sores is by coming into contact with someone who has them. You can get infected even if that person is taking care of their symptoms and even if they don’t have any symptoms at all.
Children and young adults are the most likely to get the virus because they are more likely to kiss and share eating utensils with other people.
People who have cold sores can keep spreading it until their sores are completely scabbed over, which is how long it takes.
If you want to avoid cold sores, or if you’re going to keep other people from getting cold sores from you:
- When you’re sick, don’t kiss people.
- Ensure to stay away from people who have weak immune systems, like newborn babies or people being treated for cancer.
- You don’t want to share personal things like lip balm or razors with other people. You also don’t want to share towels or clothes.
- Don’t share food and drinks with those patients.
- Keep your cold sores away from you.
- The moment you touch your cold sores, wash your hands.
- Wash your hands a lot.
What Is a Canker Sore?
Those bumps inside your mouth are called canker sores. When it appears, they look like cold sores. The exact cause of canker sores isn’t known, but a few things can make them worse.
What Causes Canker Sores?
- Allergies to food
- Stress hormones are changed when you are stressed out.
- Some people have too few vitamins in their bodies.
- Hot and spicy foods
My mouth hurts. How do I find out if I’ve got canker sores?
These sores can show up in a lot of places in your mouth, like:
- Your lip is inside.
- Your cheek is filled with sand.
- It’s under your tongue.
- Back in your throat
- Getting canker sores can be very painful, but they usually go away on their own in about a week or two.
Visit Greeley Dental Care in Colorado for the best cold sores and canker sores treatment.