9 January 2011
9 January 2011,

Apthous ulcers, more commonly known as canker sores, can be mistaken for cold sores or fever blisters. They are not the same, though. Canker sores can only occur in the mouth, on the inside of the cheeks, on the tongue or gums, or under the tongue. Canker sores are not contagious in any way.

Cold sores occur on the outer part of the mouth, typically around the lips. But they can also show up on the outside of the cheeks, in the nostrils, or on the chin. They are initially a red bump, but they break open and develop a scab. This process lasts from 7 to 14 days. The virus behind cold sores is called the Herpes Simplex Virus, and they can be spread to other people. For the majority of the time, this virus is not active, and is in nearly everyone. Fever blisters show up a lot in teenagers and young people, and they typically go away after a person turns 35. Cold sores can occur for a variety of reasons, but are especially related to anxiety, colds, sunburn, or an elevated temperature.

To minimize outbreaks, do not kiss when a sore can be seen, do not mess with the blister, do not touch other people without first washing your hands, and apply UV sunscreen to your lips if you are going to be out in the sun.

Some remedies for cold sores are not eating spicy foods, which can cause a flare, using non-prescription creams that contain phenol, and taking anti-viral medications that can reduce the time the blister is visible. These medications however will not keep them from occurring.

Canker sores start out as red bumps that typically break open fairly soon after they occur. They then turn white with red swelling. They will remain for up to 10 days. They might hurt a lot when touched because they are open wounds. Approximately 20% of all people suffer from canker sores. There is no known cause as of yet, but they seem to occur when the sufferer is under a lot of pressure, gets a cut in the mucous membrane, or eats certain food items like tomatoes or citrus fruits. Sometimes, canker sores will be seen in small kids, but most often, they do not show up until between ages 10 to 20. Some people get canker sores a few times each year, but as a person gets older, they seem happen less often or not at all.

If someone has a canker sore, it is suggested he or she not eat spicy or crunchy foods, which will bother them. Do not make contact with the sores with any instrument put in your mouth. Use a medicated cream that includes a numbing agent or other element that is designed to eliminate the pain. If you are interested in getting more suggestions, give us a call at 949-758-4949 or contact us via the contact form at www.SmileAgainDentist.com/contact.asp

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