the difference between and std and a canker sore?

by Rachel on May 18, 2011

I have a sore on my tongue, but It could be and std, I was with a guy on the 20th of January. Is this possible to tell the difference between an std and a canker sore?
Im used to getting canker sores..and I think this is what it is. The sores look nothing like what you had posted pictures of. So…I’m sure it’s just a canker sore.

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Jessica May 18, 2011 at 7:30 am

Common STDs that can cause sores that would appear in the mouth region are syphilis and herpes.

You don’t get herpes on the inside of your mouth. It would be uncommon to see this happen. BUT, if they did, they would be either on the gums or on the roof of your mouth. Herpes outbreaks typically last a week or two, and they are very painful. The site of the outbreak would itch, burn, etc. before it appeared, then it would appear as a sore, break open, and heal.

Syphilis does not hurt, and it’s a hard bump. I doubt this is what you have because usually you get syphilis from sexual contact.

A canker sore is just a bump that hurts. It can happen from biting the inside of your mouth or tongue, burning it, sucking on hard candies, etc. It is nothing to worry about and it will go away.

Here is a picture of oral herpes:
http://blogs.openaccesscentral.com/blogs/jmcrblog/resource/cold-sore-crop_Full.jpg

Syphilis:
http://www.uic.edu/classes/omds/omds334/ComDis%20I%20for%20web_files/slide0736_image152.gif

and a canker sore:
http://www.andoverdmd.com/images/canker-sores.jpg

I would keep an eye on it and if it gets worse or doesn’t go away, go to the doctor. They can tell you for sure what it is with looking at it and running tests.

Kiara May 18, 2011 at 8:26 am

People suffer from an array of sores on their mouths and their genitals, but there are three types of sore that by virtue of their name and location are frequently confused. These are canker sores, the cold sores caused by oral herpes, and the chancre sores caused by syphilis.

*Cold sores, or fever blisters, are caused by a herpes virus.

*Canker sores are ulcers that occur in the soft tissues inside your mouth. Although they are associated with various nutritional and immunological deficiencies, canker sores are not contagious or sexually transmitted.

*The round, usually painless, sore that is the first stage of a syphilis infection is known as a chancre. Although not usually found on the face, the similarity in names between “canker sores” and “chancre” has been known to confuse more than a few people.

Jeff May 18, 2011 at 8:55 am

I don’t know a lot about STD’s but these guys helped me a lot:

http://www.stdpeace.com

jaime rae May 18, 2011 at 9:14 am

You should really use your head before you jump into the sack with anyone. You’d save yourself a lot of worry. Gently treat your canker sore with any of the following suggestions, and you’ll be feeling better within a week.

Keeping in mind that stress brings canker sores, you might want to try a wonderful homeopathic stress remedy called Hylands Calms Forte. Look into it. i love the stuff! i take 1 tablet for nervous anxiety, or 3 to get to sleep when you’re restless.

Excellent over-the-counter tool to try: Kanka. i prefer the one with a brush applicator. It can be found in most drug stores or walmart. i think in time one can build up a tolerance for it, though. the following home remedies work even more effectively.

I’ve found some help in a book from the 80s/90s that i swear by. It is called The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies, edited by William Gottlieb…… you don’t have to try them all to get better. here ya go:

**Alert: stubborn sores should be checked out. if it lasts longer than 2 wks, you may need more serious medication.**

1. products combining glycerine and peroxide are helpful. peroxide releases oxygen and cleans up the bacteria. the glycerine puts on a coating and helps protect the sore. (Gly-Oxide brand name)

2. apply a wet black tea bag to the ulcer. black tea contains tannin, an astringent that can relieve pain.

3. dilute 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide in a glass of water and swish it around in your mouth to disinfect the sore and speed healing. (this has worked wonders for me!!)

4. Alum, from the spice rack, is the active ingredient in a styptic pencil. it’s an antiseptic and pain reliever, but it won’t completely get rid of your sore.

5. swish mylanta or milk of magnesia around your mouth and allow it to protectively coat the sore.

6. goldenseal root. make a strong tea of it and use it as a mouthwash.

7. AVOID irritation: coffee, spices, citrus fruit, nuts high in the amino acid arginine (esp. walnuts), chocolate, and strawberries. brush your teeth carefully.

8. eat 4 tbsp of unflavored yogurt a day to send in helpful bacteria to fight off the bad bacteria. (note: maybe just take some acidophilus?)

9. here’s a weird one: take a little earwax from your ear and apply it to the canker sore. it’s said to be a sure cure. it may have some antiseptic value, and it may protect the sore.

10. squeeze vitamin E oil from a capsule onto the sore. repeat several times a day to keep the tissue well-oiled. and at the first tingle of a canker sore, take 500 mg of vit C with bioflavinoids 3 times a day for the next 3 days. (This has helped me!!)

11. you can’t underestimate the power of a little dab of Vicks VapoRub. it numbs pain and speeds healing. just be careful because it isn’t meant to be edible. I really do mean just use a LITTLE TINY BIT, okay? Don’t swallow it and make yourself sick!

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