Cold sores are blisters that form around the mouth and inside the nose often appearing towards the end of a cold. This common and infectious virus can also attack other parts of the face, the genitals (see Genital herpes) and other skin areas.
The tonsils are partially responsible for protecting us from foreign matter in our bodies. They exert their influence most strongly in the childhood years, taking in any foreign material that threatens the body. This also leaves them highly vulnerable to infection during this period of life, and the resulting condition is called tonsillitis. As the child ages, the role of the tonsils becomes less prominent in the immune system, and tonsillitis decreases in frequency.
Painful abscesses in the mouth.
Laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx (voice box), and is characterised by hoarseness.
Toothache refers to pain and tenderness of the teeth, gums, or jaw.
A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract that may be caused by a number of viruses, while influenza is a more severe viral infection with symptoms that tend to last longer and include fever.
Gum problems such as gingivitis and periodontal disease are extremely common, and affect most people at some point in their lives, becoming more prevalent with age.