Canker Sores / Oral Herpes? Still Unsure!

by Anonymous

I read that in the mouth would be canker sores, but on the lips/around the face not. I have little bump things in my mouth, but at the same time on my lip (because they are all on my inner lip, inside my mouth) what is this most likely to be? I have an appointment with the doctor this afternoon so I will find out then I guess. Thanks.


Dear Anonymous,

Do your sores look anything like these? Did the skin on and around your lips feel itchy or irritated before the outbreak? If you have herpes in mouth symptoms, it’s also likely that you may have a canker sore instead of a cold sore. The two appear very similar but the difference between them is that, the former is not contagious.

A canker sore is a red or white painful sore that you can get inside your lips, mouth, or on top of your mouth. You can also get a canker sore on your tongue or under your tongue.

Canker sores are caused by stress, allergies, or by eating food that’s inflammatory (spicy). You might even have a genetic predisposition to getting them.

The only way to find out for sure is to get a good blood test to determine whether you have the antibodies for Oral Herpes (HSV 1) in your blood or not. I recommend HerpesSelect or Western Blot. has affordable, fast, and confidential herpes testing solutions which you might find helpful.

For now, avoid kissing or any skin-to-skin contact until you get your test results back.

God bless!



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