Canker Sore & Cold Sore Laser Treatment in Los Angeles, CA
Anyone who has ever had a canker sore or cold sore knows how painful and annoying they can be. They usually crop up when you least expect it, and can make it difficult to eat, drink, and even talk.
What is a Canker Sore?
A canker sore is a small ulcer that develops on the soft tissues in your mouth, including your gums, tongue, and the inside of your cheeks. Canker sores are not contagious like cold sores. The exact cause of canker sores is unknown, but they are often triggered by stress, hormonal changes, certain foods or beverages (including citrus fruits, spicy foods, and chocolate), or an injury to the mouth.
Symptoms of a Canker Sore
The most common symptom of a canker sore is a small, painful ulcer. Other symptoms may include:
- Burning or tingling sensation before the appearance of the actual sore
- Swelling around the sore
- Redness around the sore
- A yellow or white center with a red border
Canker sores usually go away on their own within 1-2 weeks. However, if you are experience any of the following symptoms, you should see your doctor or dentist right away:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Weight loss
- Excessive drooling
What is a Cold Sore?
A cold sore is a small blister that develops on the lip or around the mouth. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This virus is highly contagious and can be passed from person to person through kissing or close contact. Most people are infected with HSV as children. The virus remains in the body for life and can become active again later in life (usually due to stress). Symptoms of a Cold Sore The most common symptom of a cold sore is a small blister on the lip (or around the mouth).
Other symptoms may include:
- Burning sensations
Cold sores usually go away within 7 to 10 days without treatment. However, if you have any concerns about your cold sore (or any other type of sore), you should see your doctor or dentist right away.
If you’re suffering from a canker sore or cold sore, give us a call today to schedule an appointment. We’ll have you feeling better in no time!