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are you supposed to pop cold sores

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Dr. Laura McMullen
20 years experience Pediatrics
Do : Do not pop them! they heal faster and are less likely to get super-infected with a bacteria if left alone. Cold sores or fever blisters are caused b ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Cold sores: These are often due to herpes simplex, and if scratched or irritated may bleed. Generally quite painful and tender. Do not know what you have without ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
50 years experience General Practice
Twitch before: popping? Herpes infections, whether initial or recurring, are usually first felt as a tingling and/or itching sensation in the affected location.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
That can: Happen.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Unfortunately, cold sores can be painful.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Cold sores: Which are also called fever blisters are due to infection with the herpes simplex virus.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Morey Furman
36 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Cold sores can have whitish margins.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
18 years experience Dermatology
?: I am assuming that when you say reasons you mean causes.Cold sores are caused by certain strains of the herpes simplex virus (hsv). You get the first ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Most cold sores are due to herpes simplex virus 1 but some are due to herpes simplex virus 2.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It may half healing time.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Stewart
38 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Viral : Cold sores or "fever blisters" are tiny, fluid-filled blisters that occur on and around your lips. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv- ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Cold Sores: can be contagious. It is possible to transmit from one person to another. But - most people have been exposed to the virus by your age.
A female asked:
Dr. Coyle Connolly
28 years experience Dermatology
Pimple or cold sore: A cold sore is caused by herpes simplex virus and occurs in the same location repeatedly. It is often painful and starts as a a blister before crusti ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashu Syal
Dr. Ashu Syal answered
29 years experience Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: Sun burn can damage outer protective skin layer hence exposing to all sorts of viral and bacterial infections.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anna Rozentul
14 years experience Family Medicine
Oral herpes: I am not aware of any research about lysine and cold sores. Cold sores are caused by a virus called herpes virus. Contact with the active cold sores w ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harlan Wilson
44 years experience Dentistry
Zits: If they are true zits, you want to see a dermatologist who will treat them with an antibiotic of the tetracycline family. These drugs will discolor te ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. R Lee Hinson
37 years experience Dentistry
Canker sores are: Not infectious to others. Herpes lesions are infectious to others. Have your dentist check your issues closely and explain further. Treatment is avai ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
31 years experience Dentistry
Tough, but possible: To contract a herpes infection, you need a variety if conditions to be met. Agent: the viral particles need to be on the area contacted. Volume: enoug ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
20 years experience Anesthesiology
Topical cream: Otc topical creams can decrease your symotoms. If they are recurrent, talk to your doctor about oral antiviral medications.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Cold sore or fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Irrelevant: Cold Sores. Herpes simplex is divided into two types: HSV type 1 and HSV type 2. Both of these conditions can affect your mouth or your genitals and c ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kayvon Javid
19 years experience Dentistry
Ice: Try applying ice this may reduce the intensity of the upcoming cold sore. You can also find a dentist who can use a laser to completely eliminate y ... Read More

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