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do cold sores always blister

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Candace Spann
21 years experience Dermatology
Location of virus: Herpes outbreaks (cold sores) create viral inclusion bodies in the outer layer of skin (the epidermis). The presence of these viral inclusion bodies d ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Fisher
32 years experience Dermatology
Herpes: Viruses exhibit rapid rates of mutation which can make immunity difficult to sustain, especially considering chemical drugs for herpes contain only a ... Read More

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A female asked:
Dr. Harlan Wilson
45 years experience Dentistry
Most likely: A blister is the body's mechanism to fight and repair the cold sore.
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Dr. Morey Furman
37 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Cold sores are caused by a virus. (herpes simplex1). Eruptions of this virus are vasicular (blister).
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
43 years experience Dentistry
Same: If you are referring to "fever blisters" and "cold sores" they are different names for the same thing, caused by virus (herpes).
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
HSV- 1: Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1).
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Veres
18 years experience Family Medicine
Cold sores: the herpes virus can always spread to different parts of the body, viral shedding is less after the blister stage though.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashley Emmert
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Cold sores: Why do you think that you have cold sores? It would be difficult to answer without more information
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Mizuguchi
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Yes: Cold sores and fever blisters are terms people use to describe a viral infection which usually affects the lips. The most common cause is by the hsv1 ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
A fever blister: is another name for a cold sore.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Cold sores: 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. Adam Bodian
35 years experience Dermatology
Maybe allergic: By the history this sounds like an allergic reaction to the lip balm. However, do you feel the same symptoms (burning, tingling or pain) that you fee ... Read More

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