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CANKER SORES

 

FEVER BLISTERS 

     Both of these condition cause small sores to develop in or around the mouth, and often are confused with each other.

  1. Cancer sores occur only INSIDE the mouth-on the tongue and the inside linings of the cheeks, lips and throat.

  2. Fever blisters usually occur OUTSIDE the mouth-on the lips, chin, cheeks or in the nostrils.  If they do occur inside the mouth, it is usually on the gums or the roof of the mouth.  Inside the mouth, fiver blisters are smaller than canker sores, heal more quickly and often begin as a blister.

Fever Blisters

     They are caused by a contagious virus called herpes simplex.  There are two types of herpes simplex virus.

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Type 1-95% of recurrent fever blister outbreaks are caused by this virus

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Type 2-genital herpes 5-10% of the cases

    Herpes simplex virus is highly contagious when fever blisters are present and is frequently spread by kissing.  Most people with type 1 virus become infected before the age of 10.

     In initial infection for most people have no symptoms.  15%, however, develop:

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Fluid-filled blisters inside and outside their mouth 3-5 days after they are infected

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Fever

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Swollen neck glands

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General aches

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Blisters merge than collapse

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A yellowish crust form over the sores

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Healing occurs within 2 weeks without scaring

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This virus stays in the body

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Recurring blister tend to erupt at the outside edge of the lip/edge of nostril

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Recurrent fever blister attacks are less server than th initial infection

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Recurrences appear less after age 35

     Cause for a recurrence of fever blister:

  1. Emotional stress

  2. Fiver

  3. Illness

  4. Injury

  5. Exposure to sunlight

  6. Menstruation

     Treatment: None. 

     Some medication will relieve some of the pain and discomfort associated with the sores.  Here is what you can do:

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Antibiotics to control secondary bacterial infection

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Ointments to soften the crusts of the sores

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Keep blisters clean and dry to prevent bacterial infection

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Eat a soft, bland diet to avoid irritating the sores

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Do not touch the sores and spread the virus to new sites

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Avoid kissing others or touching the blisters and touching others, this will infect others

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Sunscreen on lips can prevent sun-induced recurrences of herpes

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Reapply sunblock factor of 15 or higher frequently during sun exposure

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Reduce stress in life

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          If you have any questions please e-mail me at: drdpeterson@scottsbluff.net
                                                                                 308-436-3491 Office number

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