A cold sore can occur anywhere around the mouth including on the tongue. By the age of 50 years, most people will have contracted the virus responsible for cold sores. However, only about 30% of those will actually show the symptoms. Once inside the body, the virus stays dormant in the nervous system.
The same virus that causes oral herpes also causes cold sores. It is however slightly different from the one responsible for genital herpes in women and men. To be more specific, oral herpes, and cold sores for that matter, are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. Genital herpes are caused by type 2 of the same virus strain.
When a cold sore on the tongue occurs in small children, they are easily taken for canker sores. The two are not related, however, either in cause or symptoms. It is advisable that you check out detailed pictures and images to determine the actual difference between a canker sore and a cold sore. We will also go through the main differences in this article.
Can a cold sore in mouth spread on face
A cold sore in the mouth or around the mouth can be spread to other parts of the face, even on the eye. This is actually very common. As we learn more about cold sores and how they are spread, you will see how this is possible and how it can be prevented.
Difference between a cold sore on the lip and a canker sore on the face
It is good that you know how to tell a cold sore in the mouth from a canker sore. The fact is that the differences between the two can be confusing, bearing in mind that they both prefer attacking the regions around and inside the mouth. You can look at online images or pictures taken from real patients for more detailed understanding. In fact, you can even watch a full video detailing you on the main differences of not only cold sores but other skin disorders including armpit boils, skin tags, even moles.
- On the issue of canker sore causes, an actual cause is not identifiable. However, factors such as stress, trauma and imbalanced hormones are known to encourage an outbreak. Cold sores are caused by a virus, (HSV). The sores can be brought about by anxiety, UV rays, as well some ailments.
- Canker sores prefer the inside of the mouth. In fact, you will not find canker sores on the face or on the eyes. The most affected parts are the inside surfaces of the lips and cheeks, gums, tongue, throat and tonsils. Cold sores on the other hand appear on the mouth, mostly on the lips. They can also attack other parts of the face such the chin and the nose. We will get to those details later.
- You will not get canker sores by coming into contact with an infected person or surface. This includes kissing a person infected with canker sores in the mouth. Cold sores are the exact opposite. They are extremely contagious. Kissing a person carrying the virus will guarantee you a cold sore on lip or mouth. In fact, any mode of skin to skin contact will transmit the virus.
- In terms of appearance, canker sores can be identified by their whitish or grayish, sometimes yellow centers. A red border is always formed all around a canker sore. The sores themselves are open and tiny. They can occur singly or in groups. Cold sores always come in groups. They are red in color and are filled with fluid inside. With time, the sores burst open and combine to form a large lobed blister.
How to treat a cold sore on the nose with pictures
A cold sore on the nose is usually irritating and can be painful. For people who regularly blow their noses, cold sores occurring on the nose are a common phenomenon. From pictures and online images, such sores will occur inside or just by the nostrils.
A cold sore on the nose can be caused by flu, a cold or a herpes virus. Diseases such as asthma which make the lungs congested will contribute to an outbreak or worsen one.
Below are the best treatment options for acold sore on nose:
A saline nose rinse for example is very effective in easing the symptoms of cold sores occurring in/on the nose. It also aids with issues relating to congested nasal cavities.
It may come as a form of surprise to realize that drinking lots of fluids can actually aid in treating nasal cold sores. In the body, water is a very important detoxification agent. You can eat foods such as cucumber and watermelon to up your water intake.
Vitamin B12 and vitamin C have been advertised as potential cold sore cures. You can take them in supplements or by eating foods that contain them. However, you are not advised to eat citrus fruits. Although they are rich in Vitamin C, they can worsen cold sores.
Ginger helps in avoiding the spread and advancement of the sores. You can make a paste out of it, by adding some drops of water to ginger powder. The paste can be then applied to the sores to keep them in check. Ginger paste is sometimes used to remove skin tags.
A and D ointment for example has been used for long in treating cold sores on the nose. They keep bacterial invasions away from the infected parts and also avoid further re-infections.
This is an amino acid that can be sourced from food products or supplements. Fish products, dairy products such as cheese and vegetables are rich sources for example. In the case of a cold sore on the nose, you can take the amino acid in supplements for faster effects.
These are substances that help in the fight against bacterial infections. In the nose, bacteria invasion can cause cold sores to occur. Including probiotics in the diet can help fight against the bacteria.
To contain the virus from spreading, avoid picking at sores that have developed a scab. You should also not keeping touching different parts of your face, especially when the cold sores are oozing. Wash your hands often and maintain personal hygiene such as not sharing personal items.
Treating cold sores on the chin and on the face
Cold sores are more frequently associated with the mouth, especially the lips. However, it is important to note that they can also occur on the face, chin, and cheeks. It is easy to confuse such a sore with a skin tag or a skin bump. Although some methods to get rid of skin bumps, skin tags and moles may be applicable with cold sores, clear differences should be noted.
A cold sore on the chin is likely to have occurred there through spreading. In later stages of cold sore development, the blisters burst open and ooze the fluid inside them. Touching the blisters in such times ends up transmitting the virus. If you are to touch the blisters and then touch the chin with the same unwashed hands, the chances of ending up with a cold sore on the chin are high.
It is the same virus responsible for a cold sore in mouth that will cause the one the chin. However, crude removal methods may not be applicable for a cold sore occurring on the chin, on the face or especially on the eye. In such situations, you will need more strategic treatment approaches.
Some people prefer to go for patches that will be applied on the cold sore to cure it with time. It is helpful for people who may be concerned with appearance issues. A patch will help you conceal the blister and also fasten the healing process. However, patches rarely contain medicines in them.
Creams are also available for treating cold sores on the chin. Abreva Cream is a good example. You can access it over the counter. It will come with specific guidelines on how to use it.
You can also consider other cream brands that contain pure, natural ingredients such as coconut oil and castor oil for skin sores. The most important thing is to seek treatment immediately after the sore occurs. This will ensure that the sores do not further develop to advanced stages. Check reviews for the different available creams and patches. You can also try home remedies that have been proven to work effectively.
Some patches may be a bit complicated to apply. So make sure that you check out a video illustration for the same if you are not sure on how to apply it.
Cold sore on the tongue and images
It is common to experience a sore on the tongue. This can be contributed to by bites, injuries or exposure to hot food and drinks. Such sores are not the same with a cold sore on the tongue.
Cold sores will invade most soft parts of the mouth such as the throat, inner surfaces of the cheeks, tongue and most commonly the lips and nose. In fact, it is unlikely that you will develop cold sores on the tongue without the same spreading to the lips.
It is important that you know how to differentiate between cold sores and other types of sores and blisters. You can check online illustrating images or pictures taken from a patient.
A cold sore on the tongue can be contracted through kissing and other contact with an infected person. Sharing toothbrushes and utensils can also transmit the virus. The virus that causes genital herpes is different from the one that causes cold sores. For this reason, oral sex will rarely transmit the virus.
Even with patients carrying the virus, they will not be contagious unless the virus is active and in its prodrome stage. At this stage, cold sores have burst open and formed blisters.
You can prevent a cold sore on the tongue from getting to the painful stage or from becoming infectious. Since cold sores always produce several symptoms before a full blown attack, the right antiviral medications can help prevent advanced development.
Should cold sores on the tongue or on the face cause symptoms such as fever and fatigue, you should immediately consult a doctor. Even though cold sores are not life threatening, they can weaken the immune system and lower your efficiency at work.
Oral herpes or cold sores cannot be cured for good. They can only be managed to avoid spread and weakened immunity. The initial outbreaks are the fiercest. In fact, recurrent outbreaks may occur once in a while without even being noticed.
There are medications and treatment options available for cold sores. Some can be accessed over the counter while others are basically home cold sore remedies. In either case, a doctor will always be best suited to direct you on how to treat cold sores in the mouth and on the face.