Sores in corners of mouth

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Registered: 03-05-2012
Sores in corners of mouth
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Fri, 05-23-2014 - 11:28am

   I have been suffering from these sores for almost 3 months. They are sores that come up in the corners of my mouth. I had hysterectomy in March and few weeks later it started. Not sure if it is related to that or not.  I first just used carmex it would lighten up but never fully went away. I seen online it could be Angular cheilitis. 

I have tried the following: B-complex vitamins, carmex, Rescue Balm, Monestat, oregel cold sore cream, blue star cream, Anti fungal cream. (medicines have not changed in over 6 months, only change is I cute back on sugar intake)

Please help me. It is really bothering me because it is sore sometimes and also it looks horrible. What else can I do. The picture is not it at its worst.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 05-28-2014 - 2:21pm

They look like cold sores to me, they are in the herpes family.  They usually flare up when your immunity levels are low.  My parents and brothers all get them, I don't however.  They start taking an L Lysine tablet as soon as they feel one coming on.  Here are a few links that may help:

http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/supplements/a/ColdSores.htm

http://www.herbalremediesadvice.org/cold-sore-remedies.html

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Registered: 01-15-2014
Mon, 06-16-2014 - 12:37pm

Split or sore mouth edges are very common in the elderly and children but can affect people of any age. A very simple way of treating corner of mouth sores naturally is to dry your affected area and place a thin layer of petroleum jelly on top. This will give an immediate pain relief.

Community Leader
Registered: 08-31-2002
Wed, 06-18-2014 - 7:48pm

L-lysine works well in cats to prevent herpes out breaks but it does not work in people.  There are two conditions that look similar to one another and are hard to tell apart.  The first is a canker sore (aphthous stomatitis) and the second one is herpes stomatitis or cold sore. The canker sore is not communicable and will usually go away with time.  The herpes stomatitis however is communicable and can be spread to other parts of your body. Here is a link that I like to share about this topic: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001383.htm

Hope this helps

Harriette

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 06-24-2014 - 12:23pm

Buglady, I guess it would depend, my parents and brother have used L-Lysine for years on their cold sores and it significantly reduces the time they have one if they start taking them as soon as they feel them coming on, I know its only anacdotel, but eveeryone's system is different, just becuase it worksf or some, or doesn't work for some doesn't mean it may or many not work for others.

Also, canker sores are inside the mouth only, cold sores are around the edges of the mouth and yes, are contagious.  I would disagree that they are hard to tell apart, canker sores are completely inside the mouth and are round with a white or grey center and a red border while cold sores are fluid filled blisters outside of the mouth.  People may say they are hard to tell apart, but if you've seen them or have experience with them, you know how easily it is to tell them apart. 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/canker-sores

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 06-26-2014 - 9:58pm

I suggest that the next time you get them that you see your doctor for a diagnosis while you have an active sore. If they are herpes I or II then the doc could prescribe an antiviral medication.