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can a cold sore turn into impetigo

A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
21 years experience Infectious Disease
Not exactly: Most cold sores are caused by a virus while most impetigo is due to bacteria such as staphylococcus. One does not lead to the other. However, if you h ... Read More
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Dr. Jerome Litt
71 years experience Dermatology
COLD SORE & IMPETIGO: Yes.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Curt Stankovic
20 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Uncommon: A cold sore is typically caused by a viral infection. Impetigo is a bacterial infection. While uncommon, the cold sore can become secondarily infect ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Fisher
32 years experience Dermatology
Cold sore: For people who do develop signs and symptoms, a cold sore usually passes through several stages, which include: tingling and itching. Many people fee ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
25 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Yes, differentiation can be done with cultures of the fluid looking for bacterial (staph/strep) or herpes. As for the risk to the brain, the herpes v ... Read More
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Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syal answered
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Herpes can be transferred from the mouth to the genitals.
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Dr. Arthur Torre
51 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
"fever blister": Cold sores are little blisters that form on the lips or mouth. They are caused by a herpes simplex virus. The blisters often break open and leak a c ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
.???: I don't know what that means.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
It can appear so..: Small cold sores often appear with just slightly yellowish fluid (plasma-like) but larger ones can look like puss-filled lesion. The body white blood ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Cold sore: Your physician can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officin ... Read More
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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
32 years experience Dentistry
Similar in what way?: As a viral entity, recurrent hsv is similar to shingles-the recurrent form of chicken pox virus. As an inflammatory lesion, it can be confused with re ... Read More
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