What is the difference between canker sores and mouth herpes (Herpetic gingivostomatitis INSIDE MOUTH)?

Me and my friend recently got what looks like a white sore in our mouths. Mine is small, on my lower gums, and looks like it has a small hole in it. I had these before, but never researched them. I'm not sure if it is canker sores of Herpetic gingivostomatitis. And i'm not talking about the blister type of herpes on the outside of the lips, on talking about the white sore inside:



If i do have Herpetic gingivostomatitis instead of a canker sore, is it contagious, and can it spread to other parts of the body like regular herpes?


Thank you Cooker for the information. It seems like Herpetic gingivostomatitis also infects young adults alot. It seems that my family is usually prone to these canker sores or Herpetic gingivostomatitis. Im still not sure yet, but if it does not go away by a week, im going to the doctor.

14 Answers

  • Cooker
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    Unless you are between the ages of 6 months and 5 years, you probably don't have herpetic gingivostomatitis. That comes with a very high fever. If you do have it, it's going to be accompanied in adults by pharyngitis. If you had pharyngitis, you'd know it, because you will be a sick puppy.

    So in the absence of all of the listed symptoms, you have canker sores

    * Abrupt onset

    * High temperature (102-104°F)

    * Anorexia and listlessness

    * Gingivitis (This is the most striking feature, with markedly swollen, erythematous, friable gums.)

    * Vesicular lesions (These develop on the oral mucosa, tongue, and lips and later rupture and coalesce, leaving ulcerated plaques.)

    * Tender regional lymphadenopathy

    * Perioral skin involvement due to contamination with infected saliva

    Canker sores are NOT a virus and you're not going to have the symptoms you have when the immune system is fighting a virus (see symptoms above). They can spring from toothpaste, certain foods, stress, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, sensitivities, hormones, bacteria--and even genetic pre-disposition.

    They are not contagious, are not a herpes virus or any other virus--BUT they may be brought on by an immune system response to other viruses. They don't have fever and all of the other symptoms of a herpetic gingivostomatitis.

    AND they are NOT an STD--but neither is herpetic gingivostomatitis, either!

  • 5 years ago


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    Lv 4
    4 years ago


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    6 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus types can cause sores around the mouth (herpes labialis) and on the genitals (genital herpes). Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

    Cold sores sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few days. They usually heal in several days to 2 weeks.

    The herpes simplex virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. It is usually spread when a person touches a cold sore or touches infected fluid—such as from sharing eating utensils or razors, kissing an infected person, or touching that person's saliva. A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child in this way. Cold sores can also be spread to other areas of the body.

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    Lv 4
    4 years ago


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    5 years ago

    Yes, there isn't any. Herpes is caused by a virus. Actually, there is little cure for viruses nowadays. The only thing that you can generally do in the case of a viral infection is strengthen the immune system and hope it fights it off. Not with Herpes, the immune system can't win against it. Thus you only get to treat the symptoms. Once you're infected, it stays with you for life. So don't get infected.

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  • dilox
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Herpetic Gingivostomatitis

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Someone told me L-Lysine 1000mg everyday when you first noticed the canker sore starts, and take it until it goes away, usually 4-5 days will speed up the recovery. It seems to work for me.

  • 4 years ago


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