Dr Oz: Canker Sore Vs Cold Sore
Any type of mouth sore can be uncomfortable, but Dr Oz said it’s important to know the difference between two common types: Canker Sores and Cold Sores. What are the differences, and how can you heal them?
Dr Oz: Are Canker Sores Contagious?
This demonstration compared the mouth to a cave, and Dr Oz took Betsy spelunking, armed with tongue depressors and flashlights. Inside the mouth was a white, oozing spot. This is a Canker Sore. These are inside the mouth and tend to have a round or oval shape. They may also be gray in the center, but they will tend to have a red outline.
Canker Sores have nothing to do with kissing. They are not contagious, so that is one less thing to worry about.
Dr Oz: Where is a Cold Sore Found?
Where are you most likely to find a Cold Sore? These are found just outside the mouth, often around the lips. These are caused by the Herpes virus and the first symptom is often a tingling sensation.
Dr Oz: Does a Canker Sore Scab?
Canker Sores are constantly being washed with saliva, which prevents a scab from forming so that it can heal. However, a Cold Sore usually creates a scab since it is outside the mouth. These two different types of conditions must be treated differently.
Dr Oz: Benzocaine Gel & Black Tea Bags Canker Sore Remedies
For a Canker Sore, you can apply a Benzocaine Gel onto the trouble spot a couple times per day. This will help protect the area.
Black Tea bags contain anti-inflammatory tannins, so if you hold a tea bag over the wound in your mouth for about five minutes, you can get some healing benefits.
Dr Oz: Docosanol Cream Cold Sore Remedy
A Cold Sore is found on the outside of your lips or nose. To treat this, apply Docosanol Cream about five times per day to help accelerate the healing. You can start treatment as soon as you feel that first tingling symptom.