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“White sores in the mouth” may cause some pain and suffering, but this affliction is fairly common. Many different conditions can cause mouth sores, but few are cause for alarm.
Possible causes of white sores in the mouth
Diagnosing white sores in the mouth
Oral herpes can be diagnosed through a blood test. This test is sometimes included as part of an STD testing panel, though HSV-1 is acquired through casual contact (sharing a drink, a casual kiss, etc.) rather than sexual activity.
A doctor or dentist can help diagnose other causes of mouth sores.
Treating white sores in the mouth
Oral herpes can be treated with antiviral medication, such as acyclovir. This prescription medication makes outbreaks more manageable and less frequent. Otherwise, cold sores will eventually heal on their own.
Other causes of white mouth sores, such as enlarged papillae or canker sores, usually heal on their own but if sores don’t go away after a week or two, consult a doctor.