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Mouth Ulcers and Cold Sores

In Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle he describes in detail the mysterious substance called Ice 9 which with one touch to the lips will kill a person instantly. It seems possible that Vonnegut took inspiration from oral herpes because it’s caught in exactly the same way – but don’t panic; this virus is far from fatal. Oral herpes is the most common cause of cold sores, small, fluid filled lesions that usually develop around the mouth and often burn, itch and tingle, and mouth ulcers – which are found inside the mouth. Further ailments can sometimes include swollen gums, bad breath, dehydration, a sore throat and excess saliva. Cold sores, most commonly caused by the herpes simplex virus, are highly contagious. The cold sore causing virus is easily passed on via skin to mouth contact, such as kissing, or through a shared object like cutlery, a seemingly innocent lollipop or that pen lid you just can’t resist chewing – in other words catching the virus is often unavoidable. Notoriously Liza Minnelli and David Gest publicly argued for months in the media over who passed the virus on to who (yes that really happened). But don’t get to the end of this article and panic buy a crate of bleach – there’s really no need to start sanitising everything before getting your mouth around it. Whilst the herpes virus admittedly does stay in your body forever its impact is normally pretty minimal with most people just having the occasional cold sore ot mouth ulcer. There are numerous non-prescription treatments available for they do decide to strike, most commonly taking the form of a cream which can be applied to the affected area and clear the sores up in a couple of days – if only Liza and David would vanish as easily. If you are getting constant mouth ulcers you should see your GP in case there is an underlying condition at work.

If your worried about your child’s mouth ulcers, check our condition guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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Hi there, I wonder if anyone can give me some answers as to my mouth ulcers. Had them now for over 6 weeks, they are recurring, and even recurred after I was given a prescription - once the prescription (dissolved tablet in water and use as mouthwash) ran out, ulcers came straight back. I seem to always have at least 3, mostly on my tongue, if they go away it takes at least a week but either it will come back or more will appear. They constantly hurt, as does the back of my throat. Hurts to eat, drink, lick round my mouth to clear food and basically do anything. I don't eat chocolate or tomatoes any more as they hurt my mouth too much, as well as other foods, and maintain a good level of oral hygiene. In summary, the prescription as well as mouthwashes (standard and corsodyl), gels, sprays do not work. This is really getting me down. Any help appreciated as it's impossible to get a doctor's appointment.





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Hi everyone. I get severe cold sore out break a lot in the winter months. It had got so bad I decided to take note of how many I actually got and from Christmas to beginning of May I had reached 37! Sometimes these are around my mouth on my lip and up my nose. I have been prescribed aclovoir firstly trying a small dose 5 times a day for 5 days but with it making no difference and as soon as 1 sore was nearly gone another 2 appeared the dose was finally increased to the max. The same dose as somebody would have with shingles! After the course of tablets had finished I carried on just taking 1 a day but still managed to get that dreaded tingle on my lip. So has anyone any tips on how to keep these at a low? For the last couple of months it's not been to bad maybe 5 at max. Any help or advice great fully received.





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I am 17 years old and have suffered from mouth ulcers for as long as I can remember, however a year ago, they got much worse. If 1 ulcer develops, more will come, leaving up to 10 ulcers in my mouth and tonsils at once. Also when I get ulcers my tongue goes lumpy and swollen at the edges, which is also extremely painful. I have been to the doctors and they just aren't interested. I need to find a way to get rid of them because they have taken over my life. I cannot talk or barely move my mouth at the moment, which is stopping me from working and attending college.





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Hi I am 21 and I have a ulcer on the bottom If my gum n between my cheek and it hurts really Bad and I need to no y they hurt so bad and what Can I do to help it go away cuz it is painful plz help





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I'm 15 and have these spots around my mouth I can't tell If they're so some cold sore or something else I'm not securely active and I'm panicking about what to they're small and white just like pimples but don't burst and are on the inside of the lips too can anyone help me I'm getting worried that perhaps it's an sti or std.





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look into your food combination..... chocolate cake, ice cream, red wine, I know you are 14, plenty of water, the body is telling you something when the sore, blister appear, something is making them appear.





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I had an mouth ulcer on the roof of my mouth. My dentist told me it will disappear if I carry out a roof canal treatment. However it didn't. And now this ulcer has been sitting in my mouth for over a year now, I am really worried. It does not hurt normally but I can feel sometimes it goes bigger and sometimes smaller. Don't know what it is really, can anyone suggests pls?





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Hi,i ve had a tiny brown spot on my low lip for 2 months and i went to the Gp so my doc said it should be vanished gratully and prescribed vaseline but nearly two weeks ago the spot turn to black and other tiny brown spot come out near that and also there r some little white spots on corner of my low lip and it s not hurting at all,plz tell my what should i do is it serious or not.





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I am 17 & have suffered from chronic mouth ulcers for 10 years. I get up to 10 in my mouth at a time & the pain is excruciating. I have had blood tests & seen a maxilofacial specialist who said that they are normal ulcers & that nothing can be done. I have tried anbesol, corsodyl, bonjela etc & they make no difference. I am at my wits end with this....please help!





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My mum has this problem too. The GP & specialist have been no help at all. The only thing that she has found that helps is drinking water collected from boiling cabbage! Yes, wierd and unexplainable as it is this has improved the situation on every outbreak. She drinks a cup-full of water collected from boiled green cabbage, once it has cooled. It's not tasty but if you're desperate why not give it a whirl

Have you tried eating bananas? Apparently they coat the inside of your mouth and tongue, the potassium seems to help stop the ulcers from forming!

hi guyz my 12 yr old daughter has 3 moth ulcers behind he bottom lip we have tried to use bonjela salted water and mouth wash but iy doeant seem to get relieved and she is in pain all the time she also cant eat anyting as se cant take the pain if u know any other home remediea it would be most appreciated to tell me Many Thanks Jade Xxxx





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Anbesol(about £2 in pharmacy) is good for pain relief and lasts a few hours, long enough to get some dinner in her. It does sting when applied but as it has antiseptic in it. If they last longer than a week and are recurring then a trip to her gp may be on the cards. Bonjela isn't great to be honest as it just washes off with saliva.





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