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Mouth Sore Resembling Oral Herpes Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your mouth sore resembling oral herpes symptoms, including 8 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 8 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

8 Possible Mouth Sore Resembling Oral Herpes Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced mouth sore resembling oral herpes. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Cold sore

A cold sore is a skin lesion on the lips caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Cold sores are extremely common. In fact, most adults are infected with HSV, usually transmitted in childhood by normal close contact with parents, siblings or friends.

While the infection can be entirely unnoticed, or asymptomatic, the cold sores themselves are usually visible and sometimes painful. In an otherwise healthy individual, they are essentially harmless, though their appearance can cause a great deal of distress.

As with most viruses, there is no cure for HSV infection, though certain medications can decrease the rate of outbreaks for those who are severely afflicted.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: mouth lesions, itchy mouth, pain on the outside of the lips, lip numbness, burning pain on the outside of the lips

Symptoms that always occur with cold sore: mouth lesions

Urgency: Self-treatment

Oral herpes

Herpetic stomatitis is a viral infection of the mouth that causes fever and red and inflamed gums. This typically happens early in childhood.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fever, gum pain, painful mouth sore, gum swelling, gum redness

Symptoms that always occur with oral herpes: gum pain

Urgency: Self-treatment

Canker sore

Canker sores are small, grayish-white sores in the mouth, often on the inside of the cheeks, lips, and on the tongue. No one really knows why canker sores happen, but it seems to be inherited and susceptible to vitamin deficiencies and allergies.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: painful mouth sore, numerous mouth sores, mouth sore surrounded by a red area, single mouth sore, oral ulcer

Symptoms that always occur with canker sore: painful mouth sore

Urgency: Self-treatment

Viral infection of the mouth & throat

Herpangina is a viral illness usually caused by coxsackie virus A. It involves ulcers and sores (lesions) inside the mouth, a sore throat, and fever.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, loss of appetite, cough, fever, sore throat

Symptoms that always occur with viral infection of the mouth & throat: mouth sores

Urgency: Self-treatment

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Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums. It is typically caused by poor dental hygiene and the buildup of bacteria. Its hallmark symptoms are swollen, discolored, bleeding gums. The main risk factors for the development of the disease are increasing age, smoking, and dry mouth. It is both treatable and preventable by engaging in recommended dental hygiene practices. A dentist can also treat the disease by cleaning plaque off your teeth, giving you a special mouthwash, and flossing your teeth. If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to a more aggressive disease, called periodontitis, or can cause an infection of the gums, including the formation of an abscess.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: bleeding gums, gum pain, gum swelling, gum redness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the spread of the bacteria Treponema pallidum.Syphilis is spread through sexual contact or from mother to baby as the fetus develops in the womb or the baby passes through the vaginal canal. If spread through sexual contact, it can be through oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Syphilis can present in multiple stages, each of which is defined by different symptoms. People who have symptoms or have had sexual relations with someone who may have syphilis should get tested for the condition. This test is performed on a blood draw or, if you have an active sore, it can be swabbed and examined under the microscope. Syphilis can be effectively treated with antibiotics. People known to have syphilis should undergo treatment as this condition can have dangerous long-term effects.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: groin lump, painless vaginal ulcer

Symptoms that always occur with syphilis: painless vaginal ulcer

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Irritant contact dermatitis

Irritant contact dermatitis means a skin reaction that is caused by directly touching an irritating substance, and not by an infectious agent such as a bacteria or virus.

Common causes are soap, bleach, cleaning agents, chemicals, and even water. Almost any substance can cause it with prolonged exposure. Contact dermatitis is not contagious.

Anyone who works with an irritating substance can contract the condition. Mechanics, beauticians, housekeepers, restaurant workers, and health care providers are all susceptible.

Symptoms include skin that feels swollen, stiff, and dry, and becomes cracked and blistered with painful open sores.

A medical provider can give the best advice on how to heal the skin and avoid further irritation. Self-treatment can make the problem worse if the wrong creams or ointments are used.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, to find out what substances the patient comes into contact with, and through physical examination of the damaged skin.

Treatment involves avoiding the irritating substance if possible. Otherwise, the person can use petroleum jelly on the hands underneath cotton and then rubber gloves.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: rash with well-defined border, itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, painful rash, red rash

Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis: rash with well-defined border

Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis: fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes

Urgency: Self-treatment

Non-specific skin rash

Common causes of rash are contact dermatitis, sun damage, or allergic reaction. However, many rashes are a symptom of disease and should not be ignored.

Nonspecific rashes have widely varied symptoms:

  • May be flat and smooth; slightly raised or with swollen welts; clean and dry; or blistered and oozing.

May spread widely over the body, or be confined to one site.

  • May appear after eating certain foods; or after exposure to certain plants or to insect stings or bites.

Other symptoms may be present, including pain anywhere in the body; nausea; vomiting; fever; headache; or abdominal pain and upset.

Diagnosis is made through patient history and physical examination to determine the exact type, location, and history of the rash, along with any other symptoms that may be present.

Those symptoms will be investigated with blood tests or imaging. Skin swabs may be taken and tested. After the process has ruled out as many causes as possible, a course of treatment can be determined.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: rash

Symptoms that always occur with non-specific skin rash: rash

Urgency: Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Mouth Sore Resembling Oral Herpes

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Is your rash raised or rough when you run your hand over the area of skin?
  • What color is the skin change?
  • Are there bumps on your rash?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

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Mouth Sore Resembling Oral Herpes Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced mouth sore resembling oral herpes have also experienced:

  • 5% Fatigue
  • 5% Sore Throat
  • 2% Headache

People who have experienced mouth sore resembling oral herpes were most often matched with:

  • 33% Cold Sore
  • 33% Oral Herpes
  • 33% Canker Sore

People who have experienced mouth sore resembling oral herpes had symptoms persist for:

  • 29% Over a month
  • 27% Less than a week
  • 25% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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