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You’ve probably heard about cold sores and canker sores, but what do you know about the two? While the two may seem very similar, there are a number of differences between the two. Similarly, do you ever wonder what you can do to avoid canker sores and cold sores—or what you can do to address either type of sore?

Fortunately, you can usually identify the type of sore you have—as long as it’s a canker or cold sore. You see, if your sore is inside your mouth, it’s a canker sore. Please don’t misunderstand, a canker sore can appear anywhere in your mouth, even in your throat or on your tongue. You may also be able to recognize the issue by the color of you sore. You see, canker sores are usually gray, yellow, or white with a red ring around it. These are open sores, but they aren’t contagious. Still, they can be very unpleasant. Unfortunately, no one knows the exact cause of canker sores, but some claim that they are affected by stress, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, food allergies, and even hormones.

Conversely, cold sores are red blisters that form outside of your mouth. Cold sores, which are also known as fever blisters, can actually cause a fever, swollen lymph nodes, and even headaches. Like canker sores, cold sores don’t last very long. However, unlike canker sores, cold sores are very contagious.

Naturally, a trip to our dentist, Dr. Michael Hollingsworth, can help diagnose your problem. Similarly, our team may be able to give you a solution to your problem. Also, if you have a large sore for more than three weeks, please remember to visit our team soon. If you’d like to learn more, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 816.232.8788. We’re eager to hear from you.