Many people develop small blisters or spots inside the mouth and around it. However, two different conditions may lead to this state of affairs – cold sores or canker sores. There is a difference between these two, being based on their appearance and location.
Canker Sores vs Cold Sores
Speaking of canker sores, these appear only inside the mouth. Basically, they can be seen on the inner side of the cheeks and lips, on the tongue and in the throat. Fever blisters, otherwise known as cold sores, on the other hand, appear on the outside of the mouth, affecting the chin, lips, nostrils and cheeks.
However, cold sores may also affect the inner mouth area, along with the gums, tongue and roof of the mouth. Yet, their appearance is different than that of canker sores. Namely, cold sores are smaller and are likely to disappear faster. Cold sores resemble blisters which are filled with fluid. Once the fluid bursts and reaches the outside of the blister, the area evolves into a sore. On the other hand, areas affected by canker sores look like large, shallow ulcers.
Facts about Tongue Blisters
Blisters appearing on the tongue are most probably caused by Herpes simplex virus type 1. Their first breakout is known to last longer than most other infections do, taking place during childhood, resulting in blisters inside the mouth, especially on the tongue. The virus remains present in the body of the affected person, reappearing once the conditions are adequate again, which is usually whenever the host's immune system is compromised.
Treatments for Tongue Blisters
During the time you are affected by tongue blisters, make sure you eat food which can easily be swallowed and drink only drinks which do not irritate blisters.
Do not kiss during this period since you might spread the infection. Rather, try to stay relaxed, apply a mixture of half hydrogen peroxide and half water directly onto the blister/sore with a cotton swab and avoid eating nuts, seeds and grains, focusing on eating dairy products, legumes, fish, meat and wheat germ.
Vitamin C supplements will strengthen your immune system and help it fight the tongue blisters off. Additionally, taking 3 grams of lysine daily will boost your immune system too, helping your body get rid of the tongue blisters naturally.
Finally, taking herpes prescription drugs is a step worth taking. Also, you will need to provide your body enough rest in order for it to fight off the infection and have a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.