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Mouth and Nose Sores this winter

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Nederlands: Public Health Image Library http://phil.cdc.gov/Phil/default.asp PHIL ID# 1573 Title: Herpes simplex lesion of lower lip, second day after onset. Content Provider(s): CDC/Dr. Herrmann Creation Date: (1964) Description: Herpes simplex lesion of lower lip, second day after onset. HSV, cold sore. Source Library: PHIL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I never really get mouth sores, but when I was little I constantly had something at the corner of my mouth and it would never go. I remember my parents always avoiding to kiss me when that happened in case they would catch it. Now I realise what we call a cold sore, however I don’t think mine were related to that, but rather something to do with a vitamin deficiency.


As an adult I have been getting loads of nose sores, they are particularly bad if I am in a dusty environment. Both nostrils fill up with these little wounds and I find it so difficult to breathe. More than anything both symptoms are annoying!


When you have the combination the first question is, “is it  Staphylococcus (staph) bacteria?”


Apparently it can arise due to your fingertips that are harboring the staph bacteria, so an important part of treatment is the strict maintenance of physical distance between the fingertips and the nasal cavity. I suppose for those who nose pick, you got a problem.


These infections do not respond to most topical antibiotic ointments usually and are even very resistant to most anti-staph oral antibiotics, however bactroban is recommended.


Or you could have folliculitus, which is an infection that occurs where your nose hair is growing. For those of you who pluck your nose hairs I say good luck :).


Or if it is indeed a cold sore it can appear in your nose as well, but that is pretty common to spot cause it’s just a cluster of red dots, just like at the corner of your mouth.


These hypersensitivities that I have due to my allergies are starting to irritate me, “Am I supposed to walk around with a mask?”


The mouth sores don’t look pretty, the more you pick at them the worse they get and people are like yugh. Anyway, when they here the scientific name – herpes- they think of the sexually transmitted disease and then you are really in the dog box.


Worst of all is when I eat something I am not supposed to cause of my allergies, it is not only the corner of my mouth that can get infected but the inside as well. So you can have like bubbles and painful spots in the mouth too. The doctor will tell you its a staph infection and then you will be taking meds you don’t need when in fact it could just be a sensitivity you are not aware of. If you really want to be sure, ask them to take a swab rather than keep prescribing you meds you might not need.


Worst case scenario is when this is just another symptom of something more serious like Lupus or Churg-Strauss.


Sometimes the simple solutions work best, have you tried using a humidifier for the air. It is winter indeed and the air is harsher due to it being drier?


Regarding your mouth sores, there is another possibility apart from Herpes and it is called Canker.


Canker sores are not contagious. They may look like a pale or yellow ulcer with a red outer ring. You may have one, or a group of them. Women seem to get them more than men. The cause of canker sores is not clear. It may be due to:


  • A weakness in your immune system (for example, from the cold or flu)
  • Hormone changes
  • Stress
  • Lack of certain vitamins and minerals in the diet, including vitamin B12 or folate


It seems that mine is getting better now that I am taking extra Vitamin B12.


Here are some recommendations:


Mouth sores often go away in 10 to 14 days, even if you don’t do anything. They sometimes last up to 6 weeks. The following steps can make you feel better:


  • Avoid hot beverages and foods, spicy and salty foods, and citrus.
  • Gargle with salt water or cool water.
  • Eat popsicles. This is helpful if you have a mouth burn.
  • Take pain relievers like acetaminophen.


For canker sores:


  • Apply a thin paste of baking soda and water to the sore.
  • Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 1 part water and apply this mixture to the sores using a cotton swab.
  • For more severe cases, treatments include fluocinonide gel (Lidex), anti-inflammatory amlexanox paste (Aphthasol), or chlorhexidine gluconate (Peridex) mouthwash.


Over-the-counter medications, such as Orabase, can protect a sore inside the lip and on the gums. Blistex or Campho-Phenique may provide some relief of canker sores and fever blisters, especially if applied when the sore first appears.