Sores on Side of Mouth

Updated on December 14, 2009
E.M. asks from Louisville, KY
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About 2 weeks ago I noticed my daughter had what looked like a rash/ pimples on the corner of her mouth. I just kind of watched it and in a few days it was gone. well now its back and I have them too! I have no idea what in the world this could be they are almost like pimples and scabs mixed with a little rash around them... anyone ever have anything like this?? thanks!

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answers from Fayetteville on

Did she have something similar on her feet and hands? It could be hand/foot/mouth disease. My friend's baby had it, and since it is contagious, my friend got it too. Take her to the doctor as soon as possible to prevent spreading whatever you both have to others around you.

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answers from Killeen on

E., I agree with the others...impetigo is very contagious and is treated with a simple topical antibiotic. It could also be a herpes virus....don't panic, there is a mouth type! Just a little doctor's visit for your daughter and they should be able to prescribe something for both of you. Good luck and be thankful....this is just the beginning! lol!



answers from Chattanooga on

It sounds like cold sores and yes they are very contagious. They are very common and are passed by contact. They are a virus and need to run their course. However, Carmex medicated lip balm helps treat them and prevent new ones from forming. Sometimes, just before an outbreak of sores, you will feel a tingly sensation in that area. That is the best time to use the Carmex. It is a fantastic lip balm that cures chapped lips too! You can find it at any Walmart usually in the check out line. It's about a dollar.



answers from Louisville on

Hi E.,
My 7 year old gets something similar called angular cheilitis. But it usually shows up on both corners of the mouth not just one. It's a fungal infection...his doctor actually told me to put the teeniest bit of lotrimin cream just in the corners (not in the mouth) to get rid of the fungus. Some doctors say it is a result of a vitamin deficiency (riboflavin) but others disagree. Ha! I've kept my son's at bay by consistantly using a lip balm with coconut butter in it.

Just thought I would throw that out to you to look up so you can see if that sounds like what you are dealing with! Good luck! :)



answers from Nashville on

it sounds like emphentigo (totally spelled wrong..LOL) it is a spreading bacteria that I got from a mosquito bite one time, then scratched it too much. Pretty soon it was all around my foot. Neosporin or an antibiotic cream help, but it is contagious, so if you kissed her..which I am sure you do!!! It could spread. A type of herpes sydrome, but not herpes, at all. If it continues more than a couple days with the ointment, I would get it checked. Good luck, Merry Christmas, and God Bless.



answers from Jacksonville on

Could be hand, foot and mouth disease. It is very contagious. Go to the doctor.



answers from Memphis on

Could it be inphantigo (I don't know the correct spelling) but I know what you are describing sounds similar to that and it is very contageous.



answers from Asheville on

this is an instance where you need to call your pediatrician.


answers from Raleigh on

I would go to the dr. It is probably either cold sores or hand/foot/mouth disease. If it is cold sores, ask that you be put on Valtrex (yes the Herpes medicine). I have cold sores as well, and within a day of taking Valtrex, they are gone (since cold sores are a form of Herpes). I don't know what they would do to help your daughter, but again, I would go to the dr. so you have the best diagnosis! Good luck!



answers from Raleigh on

Once they are gone buy some new toothbrushes! Also, do not share toothpaste, if you are now, in the future.



answers from Memphis on

It could be an allergic reaction of sorts. That happens to kids a lot.

A previous commenter mentioned impetigo but didn't know the correct spelling. I don't know anything about it, but that will give you the correct spelling if you want to Google it yourself.



answers from Greensboro on

Hi E.,

It could be any of the things the moms have already mentioned. It does sound more like a fever blister which is what was mentioned as the herpes virus. These and the other conditions come out when the immune system is at it's lowest point.

Several things can be done. First is make sure she is getting the proper nutrition. Avoid synthetic chemicals in foods such as processed foods, pesticides, preservatives, hormones, and antibiotics. Fast food is the worst because they usually combine the chemicals in the processing with the simple sugars that are bad in white breads and white potatoes.

An absorbable multivitamin/mineral complex would be good for her and you as well. If it is a fever blister, L-Lysine is an amino acid that is supposed to be in your body but is depleted with stress and the immune system drops. It can be purchased at the health store.

Fresh air and exercise helps as well. I detoxed my home and removed all synthetic chemicals about 5 years ago and we don't get sick anymore. We are now able to keep our immune systems strong. All of this is easy and very inexpensive. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll be glad to walk you through it.

God bless,




answers from Knoxville on

It sounds kind of like impentigo(sp?). It is an infection but from what I remember it does not go away without treatment, oral antiobiotics and possibly topical as well.



answers from Clarksville on

it sounds like thrush to me but I am not sure, I would make an appt with the doctor and find out for sure what it is.