These are painful sores that are found only inside the mouth, on the tongue, soft palate or inside of the cheek. They are white or gray lesions surrounded by a red border, and often preceded by some tingling or burning. While uncomfortable, canker sores are not contagious. Causes of canker sores vary and can be unclear. Check our blog for more info!
Cold sores present around the outside of the mouth or on the lips in small clusters of blisters that eventually burst and then crust over. They are painful, highly contagious, and caused by the herpes simplex virus. Read our article on 5 things you should know about cold sores for more details! It’s important to note that cold sores are NOT canker sores. Canker sores, unlike cold sores, will NOT appear on the outside of your mouth, and don’t blister in the same way.
While there is a distinct difference between cold sores and canker sores, there is a bit of overlap in the canker sore treatment options and those for cold sores.
Below we’ve compiled a list of options that we’ve either come across in research, been turned on to from overwhelming consumer reviews or had success with in our office. Everyone is different and certain treatments will work better for some than others, including canker sore treatment, so we encourage you to try multiple remedies until you find the one that works for you!
Anbesol: while it won’t shorten your healing time or the duration of the symptoms, the numbing properties of this oral, topical analgesic can help you manage the pain associated with both cold and canker sores.
With all products, please be sure to use an applicator and not your fingers. Using your fingers can spread bacteria and encourage the eruption of sores in other areas.
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