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Oral herpes or canker? Paranoid...please answer asap!


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I had what I thought was a canker sore, but then I read that you can have herpes IN your mouth....I've been with the same parnter nine months, he's never had a cold sore and neither have I (touch wood).

I have gotten cankers, however since I was a kid...

So how do you differentiate between a nornal canker sore and herpes in the mouth?

My current canker is on the upper side of my mouth, on the outside, right where the gums meet the cheek...it's far back, so I can't see it, but when I feel it it seems to be about 1/4 inch in diametre...I asked a doctor and he said that all cankers are contagious...he also had one hell of a time finding the canker and brushed off my concerns.....

So....how do you know if it's herpes or just a canker?

Should I be concerned? I don't have a cluster of blisters or anything, and this started normal cankers....but all the info online saying that it can be herpes...it's scary...

So do I avoid kissing my partner or giving him head when I see him on the weekend? Or is it just a canker?

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Went to the dentist today.

He looked and said that it doesn't look like herpes. It actually looks like injury/irritation caused by sharp foods like chips....which I ate a lot of last week. (College exam time--living off chips and soda)

He said that I shouldn't worry about it, to just gargle with salt water and that kissing my boyfriend is fine, since cankers (and certainly not cuts from chips)

are not contagious.

He said if I get a cold sore, then yeah, that's herpes, but that herpes VERY RARELY is seen in the mouth and that what I had didn't look anything like it.


The bad news? Wisdom teeth. I have them. Looks like I'll have to get them out.

But I'd rather have teeth pulled then a virus! :)

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Eek! Wisdom teeth getting pulled hurts that much??? Even with the drugs they give you?

Damn. Oh well...they have to come out...they're "impacted" whatever that means...

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is there a possible connection between bf tooth prob & m

Was just reading and a couple of people mentioned dentists & teeth.

I have just been told i'm suffering from herpes and have been given some medication. My symptoms are mainly in my mouth, consisting of a multitude of ulcers, they are mainly under my top lip and to the sides of it i also have 1 or 2 inside my bottom lip and one on my tongue. I have recently met a really nice man and admit to stupidly having unprotected sex with him .. I have talked to him about it and he has no symtoms at all ( could he be a carrier!) I have read loads of the articles on this site and very few really mention symtoms like mine. I have other symptoms too...red patches on parts of my body (not itchy or sore just red) and slight soreness & redness on my labia and anus. Anyway, my question is could my boyfriends bad tooth have had any bearing on my current situation as we slept together..the works (oral/vaginal sex..no anal)while he had a painful absess under his wisdom tooth?

Probably clutching at straws....can anybody help?

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    • EssenceL25
      I’m going to force him to get tested ! Thanks for your help ! 
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 there really isn't a question mark around the source, it's your latest partner. The median time from infection to an outbreak of lesions upon initial infection is 4 days.  The only thing that isn't certain is the type I suggest.
    • EssenceL25
      I asked if it was hsv 1 or 2 and the doctor said it was Hsv2. I’m not sure i just asked him when he was tested last he said this year I said I think we should go test together and he agreed . I’m going to bring it up again cause I really need to know if he gave this to me I wasn’t sure since it was so close to my previous relationship.
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 then it is all beyond reasonable doubt that the current partner is the source. A 'perfect' fit in terms of timing, symptoms and swab. It may be though that the type is not technically known. Culture swabs are very often not typed and just assumed to be HSV-2 if taken from a genital location. If you received oral sex in the days leading into 7 March then it is 50/50 as to whether this is HSV-1 or HSV-2. You could contact your doctor and confirm if the swab was actually typed (which is a second test where fluorescent antibodies for HSV-1 and HSV-2 are added and see which one 'glows').  If that test wasn't done then you do not know type. If you have oral HSV-1 yourself (cold sores) then this will be HSV-2. Does your partner have oral HSV-1? It is somewhat strange for him not to rush and test - many people have a 'reaction' if they truly do not know their status and have concerns that you infected them etc. (not initially rational of course). This indicates he may know his status - or maybe he just isn't simply the sharpest tool in the shed!?
    • EssenceL25
      I had flu like symptoms and ulcers on my vagina . They did a culture and I tested positive for hsv2. I asked my partner to get tested he agreed but I’m not sure if he will cause he hasn’t said anything else about it. 
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