Canker Sore vs. Cold Sore: What Is The Difference?

Canker sore vs. Cold sore: What is the difference? Dr. Angela Walk

Have your ever had a painful sore in your mouth that just doesn't seem to go away? Does it cause burning or tingling while eating certain foods and even with talking?

That sounds like a troublesome canker sore. However, many people question whether their mouth sore is a canker sore or a cold sore.

As a natural physician, I'm often asked about natural remedies for health concerns. I had several patients come to me regarding mouth sores. So, I took a deep dive into identifying, what is the difference between canker sores and cold sores?

The best way to tell the difference between a canker sore and a cold sore is that canker sores occur inside the mouth while cold sores occur on the outside the mouth.

Canker sores and cold sore may resemble, yet they are not the same. Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). These are contagious blisters, making their appearance on the lip area or outside the oral cavity.

Canker sores are small, round ulcers that appear inside your mouth and are NOT contagious. They are often agitated by food allergies, stress, hormone changes, vitamin deficiencies, infections, and hot, spicy foods.

Canker Sores vs. Cold Sores

Canker Sore vs. Cold Sore

Addressing canker sores and cold sore naturally is the most effective way to rid yourself of these pesky sores. Natural treatments such as essential oils, proper nutrition, and natural supplements can help to shorten the duration, diminish the pain, and prevent recurrence.

In this article, my focus will be on canker sores and the best ways to get rid of them naturally! First, let's look at what they are and what causes them.

What Are Canker Sores?

What causes canker sores? Dr. Angela Walk