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Cold and Canker Sores: How to Treat Them

Cold and Canker Sores: How to Treat Them

Occurrence of cold and canker sores is a common factor. While they both grow in and around the oral region, there is a basic difference between the two.

Cold sores are commonly known as fever blisters. They are almost like oral herpes and are extremely painful when they occur. Typically they start forming on or around the lips and/or the nostrils.

Canker sores typically look like a bump and are a common phenomenon that can happen to almost anybody. Unlike cold sores, canker sores are relatively less serious, and develop on the inside of the mouth, usually they are found on the roof of the mouth, the gums, and the insides of the lips. Sometimes they are found on the chin, cheeks or fingertips. They have a small white tip and are accompanied by a burning sensation. They are perhaps one of the most irritating oral conditions, which can happen to people of different ages or genders.

How Cold and Canker Sores are Contracted

The common thing between a cold and a canker sore is that they are both very painful and can be quite irritating. Cold sores and canker sores can also result in fever due to continued discomfort. While the exact reason of cold or canker sores are not known, both can be attributed to a low immunity system. In addition, they can be attributed to a bad diet and equally bad life style. Having a large amount of Arginine and low amount of Lysine in the body’s cells can also trigger cold sores.

Preventing Cold and Canker Sores

Prevention is always better than cure. With that said, it would be of immense help to boost the immunity system by taking vitamins and minerals. A diet that supplements these, in addition to a course of vitamin and mineral supplements on a daily basis would help rid the problem over a period of time. One should always boost the immunity system by taking vitamins and mineral supplements in addition to having a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables that will help maintain your pH balance. It helps to clean the cold and canker sores with a salt and water mixture while rinsing the mouth with a medicated mouth wash. If the situation persists, consult a medical practitioner and get the right medications as it may also signify a serious underlying health problem.

Kyle Huish

Kyle Huish

Dr. Kyle Huish is a fifth generation native Arizonan. He was born and raised in Mesa and graduated from Arizona State University in 2006. He then went to Ohio State University for his dental education where he graduated top of his class. Afterwards Dr. Huish went on to further his dental education by studying in both New York City and Pittsburgh where he mastered advanced techniques in dental implants and dental sedation.
Kyle Huish

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