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Fever Blisters, Cold Sores, Canker Sores

Man with Canker Sore on LipSome are caused by a virus, some hurt, and all are unpleasant socially. What exactly is that nasty thing on my mouth? And how do I get rid of it before Friday night?

Cold Sores

Cold sores and fever blisters are one and the same—small skin blisters on the mouth caused by Herpes simplex virus. When the virus acts up, the lips may become tender and blisters follow. Within a few days, blisters drain and dry, and the virus retreats to the nerve.

Treatments of choice: Acyclovir for serious outbreaks, zinc gluconate, even Blistex.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are probably caused by a reaction to certain bacteria. Unlike cold sores, they occur inside the mouth and heal without medication in one or two weeks. Avoid coffee, spices, tomatoes, walnuts.

Treatments to ease pain: Cankaid, Orabase, Zilactin. And it couldn’t hurt to keep your fingers crossed.

About Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS

Home » Meet Us Meet Us Header - Meet Us Meet your local Highlands Ranch dentist. Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS Dr. Scavuzzo has worked and trained extensively to build a practice that exceeds your expectations of trusted, personalized dental care. He consistently brings his patients only the best that modern dentistry has to offer, by keeping himself and his team informed on the latest advances and available techniques. After attending the University of Denver, Dr. Scavuzzo earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 1987. Since then, he has kept up-to-date on the newest developments in his field through numerous continuing education courses in improving smiles, creating youthful smiles, and treating jaw, facial and joint pain. He also remains active in the dental community as a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and the Metro Denver Dental Society. Dr. Scavuzzo’s top priorities are patient comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Scavuzzo and his team look forward to your visit and to showing you the many ways in which personalized dental care can improve your life.

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