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can you have a cold sore that turns 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. 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 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
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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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
cold sore: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It breaks open ; releases fl ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
50 years experience Dermatology
No.: Cold sore has nothing to do with 'cold'.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Sure: See your physician about treating the cold sore.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
49 years experience Infectious Disease
It could : Hsv-1 can cause genial infection as well.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
46 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: By kissing, by touching the sore and then touching the genital area, or by oral sex.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Possibly: Oral herpes can occur in genital area.

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