Oral lesions and mouth sores can happen to anyone, making eating and communicating a painful experience. The two most common oral lesions are cold sores (alternatively called fever blisters) and canker sores.
Dr. Mulandi of Eastern Slope Dental in North Conway, NH explains that the two conditions present with very similar clinical symptoms. An untrained eye might fail to note that they are two distinct medical conditions.
Fever blisters form as lesions filled with fluid, usually around the mouth and on the lips. The course of the condition is approximately 7-10 days, and the blister typically ruptures and crusts over before it heals.
Fever blisters are caused by a virus called herpes simplex virus type 1. Not every infected individual exhibits clinical symptoms, but every person who carries the virus can transmit it to others. Serious bouts of stress and reduced body immunity may activate the dormant virus in the nerve cells.
Herpes simplex virus type 1 is highly contagious. During an outbreak, you are advised to avoid contact with the blisters, and sharing of personal effects such as towels and grooming items. There is no cure for cold sores, but there are treatment course that Dr. Mulandi can offer which reduce outbreaks and pain.
A canker sore, on the other hand, is a lesion that usually forms inside the oral cavity. They are characteristically small white or yellow lesions, and they tend to avoid the gums and the roof of the mouth.
Canker sores are non-pathogenic, meaning they are not infectious and contagious. They are believed to be caused by irritation during toothbrushing, poor oral hygiene, and even stress.
If you are experiencing frequent bouts of cold sores or canker sores, Dr. Mulandi can help you with a treatment course to alleviate and reduce frequency of recurrences. Nobody should have to live with frequent pain and discomfort — schedule a consultation today!