Canker sores Cold sores
You need to tell the difference between a canker sore and a cold sore. A cold sore usually starts as as several tiny blisters the form into one large sore. The appear on the face and lips. Canker sores usually are alone and is not contagious. A canker sore has a yellow or white-gray center with a well defined red border. It is usually located in the inside of the lips or cheek. It is not know what causes them but appear in people that are stressed out and have poor diets. Cankers can also be caused by a small injury to the mouth.
Certain foods like spicy dishes and citrus fruits can cause them. Here are some ideas to relieve some of the discomfort from canker sores in the mouth. Get a styptic pencil and use it on the sore it numbs the nerve endings reducing the pain. You can try and mix together equal amounts of Milk of Magnesia and benylin. They act as a mild anesthetics. You should not swallow it just add it to the sore. You can also buy some Orabase with Benzocaine which covers the service like an oral bandage. A dose of aspirin can also help with the pain.
Make sure to eat cool food and not hot or spicy. When you brush your teeth take it easy. You might want to avoid rough foods like chips. Alcohol and smoking will irritate a canker sore. Some food like nuts, shell fish, chocolate, and tomatoes have been know to cause sores. Learn to handle stress for preventing sores. Try and relieve stress such as engaging in a hobby an exercise or meditation.
Cold sore will start as a little hard area beneath the skin of your lip. The in a few days you have small cluster of tiny harmless looking white blisters that quickly explode into a painful and unsightly sore. Cold sores also called fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1.
Cold sores can be activated by contact,phtsical stress,anxietyor excessive exposure to the sun. It will have cluster of tiny painful blister son the lip and can last seven to fourteen days. Unlike cold sores, canker sores are bacterial infections inside the mouth. Cold sore are highly contagious canker sores are not.