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Difference Between Cold Sores and Canker Sores, Part III

Cold sores need to be treated at the prodromal stage.  This stage is just before blisters are noted and when tingling, itching, and burning around the lips is felt. OTC Treatment Cold compress and lubrication are older remedies and can be effective.  Abreva is the only FDA-approved over the counter remedy. In Office Treatment Low-level […]

The Difference Between Cold Sores and Canker Sores

Cold Sore (fever blister) Canker Sore (aphthous ulcer) I find patients are frequently confused by these lesions and often use these terms interchangeably.  Canker Sores (recurrent aphthous ulcers) and Cold Sores (recurrent herpes labialis) are two different ailments and require different treatments.  While these conditions are usually not serious, they are very common and painful. […]