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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Mouth Sore Resembling Oral Herpes

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced mouth sore resembling oral herpes. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Cold Sore

    Cold sores (also called oral herpes or fever blisters), are viral infections of the mouth caused by the herpes virus type 1. You were probably infected very early in life as a child when an adult kissed you. The virus stays asleep (dormant) and causes infections every now and then after exposure to lots of sun or emotional/physical stress. It is contagious when an outbreak is happening, but treatment is limited unless you are immunocompromised.

    1-2 weeks. Natural healing process starts within 24 hours of the initial sore starting.

    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
  2. 2.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.

    1-2 weeks but recurrent

    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
  3. 3.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.

    1 week

    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
  4. 4.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.

    Less than a week

    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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  5. 5.Gingivitis

    Gingivitis is the infection of the gums surrounding the teeth. It is caused by plaque and/or tartar that has built up on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky layer of gunk made by food particles, mucus, and bacteria. After a while, plaque hardens to become tartar (or calculus). Plaque and tartar at the bottom of the teeth causes the gums to become irritated and infected.

    Great, with dental care and improvement in dental hygiene

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    bleeding gums, gum pain, gum swelling, gum redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Syphilis

    Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria. It infects the genital area, lips, mouth, or anus of both men and women.

    10-14 days with treatment. Worsens without treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    groin lump, painless vaginal ulcer
    Symptoms that always occur with syphilis:
    painless vaginal ulcer
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Irritant Contact Dermatitis

    Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. This condition most often affects skin of the hands, and may occur after repeated and prolonged exposure to substances such as water, detergents (soaps, bleach), solvents (such as gasoline), acids, powders, dust, and soil. The onset of the skin reaction is usually within 48 hours of coming in contact with the substance.

    1-2 days.

    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
  8. 8.Non - Specific Skin Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    1-2 days

    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

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

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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 had symptoms persist for:

    • 29% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 25% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced mouth sore resembling oral herpes were most often matched with:

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