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I am not a doctor and if this is a recurring chronic/acute condition
it would be best if you visited your family physician.
Oral sores can be treated orally, topically, and also symptomatically.
In addition, dietary changes might also help. There are viral
medications, creams, and also products that can relieve the
Because cold sores and canker sores are not the same, I've posted
information on both conditions.
Cold Sores also indexed as: Fever Blisters, Herpes Simplex 1 Virus
"Cold sores are caused by a herpes virus, most often the herpes
simplex 1 virus. Cold sores should not be confused with canker sores,
which are small ulcerations in the mouth. Rather, cold sores are
fluid-filled blisters that form on the borders of the lips. The
blisters, which are contagious, later break, ooze, and crust over
before healing. Recurrences are common and can be triggered by stress,
sun exposure, illness, and menstruation.
What are the symptoms of cold sores? Cold sores may appear with colds,
fevers, exposure to excessive sunlight, or menstrual periods, as well
as during periods of stress or illness. The sores usually disappear
within two weeks. Initially, there may be tingling or prickling at the
site of the cold sores even before they are visible (called the
prodrome); afterward, the blisters often weep a clear fluid and form a
scab. If the infection is transmitted to the eyes, it may lead to
Conventional treatment options: Topical ointments, usually containing
sunscreen and camphor (e.g., Blistex® and Campho-Phenique®), are
commonly recommended to ease the local pain. Antiviral medications
such as topical acyclovir or oral acyclovir (Zovirax®) and penciclovir
(Denavir®) may be taken internally or applied as an ointment. For
symptomatic relief of cold-sore pain, over-the-counter analgesics,
such as aspirin (Bayer®), ibuprofen (Advil®), and acetaminophen
(Tylenol®), may also be recommended.
Dietary changes that may be helpful: The herpes simplex virus has a
high requirement for the amino acid..."
Canker Sores also indexed as: Aphthous Ulcers, Canker Sores
"Canker sores are small ulcerations within the mouth. Doctors call
this common condition aphthous stomatitis.
What are the symptoms of canker sores? Canker sores appear alone or in
clusters as shallow, painful erosions in the mucous membrane inside
the mouth. They typically have slightly raised, yellowish borders
surrounded by a red zone, and are sometimes covered with a yellowish
opaque material. Fatigue, fever, and swollen lymph nodes may be
present in severe attacks.
Conventional treatment options: Various mouthwashes and topical
medicines may be used, such as benzocaine (Anbesol®, Num-Zit®,
Zilactin-B®) for pain relief, chlorhexidine gluconate (Peridex®,
Periogard®) and carbamide peroxide (Gly-Oxide®, Orajel®) as
antiseptics, and amlexanox (Aphthasol®) and hydrocortisone
(Orabase-HCA®) for inflammation. Sometimes an antibiotic mouth rinse,
such as one that includes tetracycline, is recommended for multiple
sores, but this may result in an oral yeast infection (thrush).
Dietary changes that may be helpful: Sensitivity to gluten, a protein
found in wheat and other grains, has..."
You'll be able to find much more information at the following links:
Cold Sore/Fever Blister
Canker Sores/Recurrent Minor Aphthous/Ulcers/Mouth Ulcers
Dermatology/Cold Sores Treatments for Cold Sores
Many Homeopathic Remedies for Cold Sores can be found on Healthwell
"cold sores" "canker sores" "oral sores" "herpes simplex 1 virus"