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Questionable Blisters
July 2001

Q. I am an adult male. As of late I have gotten random blisters in my mouth. They are clear and were only on my gums. Today I got one on the inside of my lip. I only get one at a time. They are not herpes. I have had herpes all my life and I know exactly what it looks like. I usually pop them and rinse with Listerine. Do you have any idea what this is?

A. The condition you describe is stomatits, meaning inflammation of the mouth. It is true that a certain number of blistering conditions are caused by the herpes virus, other viruses can be involved, and in many cases the cause cannot be determined. When the condition flares up, you should see your doctor to see whether a diagnosis can be made. This would lead to appropriate treatment.

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