What are Canker Sores:

An aphthous ulcer, commonly known as a canker sore, is an open sore that is usually found in your mouth.

Some people develop them inside their lips or cheeks. There are more than 3 million cases per year in the US alone.

People with Colitis, Crohn's or Celiac disease often develop canker sores more frequently than the general population.

Canker sores usually heal within three weeks without treatment, while the pain typically subsides within10 days. Severe canker sores may take up to six weeks to heal.

Does having a Cold Sore mean you have an STD?

No, but it does mean that you are carrying the herpes simplex virus. The herpes virus comes in a couple of strains, and they're both super common. The first type, HSV-1, is the main cause of cold sores in the mouth area. (That's why some people call it "oral herpes.")

What are Cold Sores:

Cold sores, or oral herpes, are very common. They can be easy to recognize as they usually appear as red bumps or blisters around the lips and mouth.

What are Fever Blisters:

Fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. ... Both virus types can cause lip and mouth sores and genital herpes. The herpes simplex virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth.

Causes of herpes:

The common cold and sunlight seem to trigger outbreaks of oral herpes (cold sores), but no proof exists that they trigger genital herpes outbreaks. Hormones. Hormonal changes, like those that occur in the menstrual cycle, can affect genital herpes outbreaks.

What foods should you avoid if you are a herpes sufferer?

Foods high in L-lysine include beanspeaslentils as well as meatcheesenuts and eggs. Another factor known to triggers herpes outbreaks (genital or not) is stress.