Yaiks a Mouth Sore

There are many different types of sore that can occur around the mouth.  Some are cause for serious concern and others are just irritating and unsightly. For a problem that does not go away within 10 days a dentist or physician should be consulted.

Symptoms of candida

Candida or thrush is a fungal infection that occurs in the mouth or throat due to an overgrowth of yeast. The symptoms show as white spots inside the mouth or on the tongue.  The glands may be swollen and it can affect swallowing with a sore throat.  Babies can be born with this type of candida and your pediatrician can prescribe treatment.

Symptoms of cold sores

The symptoms of cold sores (fever blisters) appear as red, raised clusters of blistering outside the mouth, usually on the lips but can also appear under the nose or under the chin. HSV-1 can also show in eye infections, finger sores and genital area. Cold sores are contagious.

Causes of cold sores

Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1, HSV-1. The virus is passed via saliva either from person to person directly, or it can be picked up from a drinking cup. The first sign is usually a cluster of small blisters on the lip. As many as 8 out of 10 people do have the virus although some will rarely suffer as they may have better immunity.  Most people are infected before they even reach 10 years of age.

Why do cold sores recur?

The virus is dormant in the facial nerves and unfortunately for some people the virus can become active at any time but more likely due to stress, cold or fever. Stress factors include; mental and emotional stressors. Undergoing dental treatment can be a trigger for some people; any illness or exposure to the harmful ultra violet rays of the sun can also cause a flare up. Taking extra zinc at times when you know you are going to be stressed can help in prevention as zinc is the great healing mineral. Although cold sore symptoms can show up in the eyes, fingers and genitals, the genital herpes virus is usually linked to HSV-2.

How serious are cold sores

A lot depends on underlying health issues, if someone has a much weakened immune system due to illness and/or medication then it can be serious. It may be a good idea to get the help of a good natural health practitioner to help with prevention.  Ask around for a good local herbalist, naturopath, Kinesiologist or homeopathic therapist.  Look for a good word of mouth recommendation!

The first signals

The first symptom of a cold sore is a feeling of tingling, burning or itching.  Frequent sufferers will be able “feel” it coming on. Then it becomes inflamed and red and later (within 24 and 48 hours) one or more blisters appear. When the blisters pop they become painful sores and will start to scab as antibodies arrive to heal it and prevent it from becoming an “open” sore. The first time HSV-1 hits it may come with a fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and sore throat usually within a week of contracting the virus.


Children are not vaccinated against these cold sore causing viruses so it is up to you to prevent any infection. You can ensure that they do not come into close contact with anyone suffering but you cannot always stop them from picking up drinks or drinking straws that may carry the virus. If your child shows any symptoms of sores and fever you should of course see a physician to make sure it is nothing more serious.


For first remedies for cold sores check this link. Using a high factor sunscreen may help to prevent cold sores caused by the harmful rays of the sun. There are many preventive medicines and curative medicines out there, check the link about for Cold Sores Cured website.

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