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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Reddish face: To minimize facial redness, avoid Sun, wind, spicey foods and alcohol. The vitamin niacin can cause redness also.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashu Syal
Dr. Ashu Syal answered
30 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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Dr. Darrell Herrington
34 years experience Family Medicine
Absolutely: Any irritation to lips which chronically hold the herpes virus may prompt the activation of a new lesion. Wear a lip protection with sun block.
Dr. William Jurewitz
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Absolutely!: Lip cold sores are usually caused by a recurrence of a herpes type1 virus, that lies dormant in your system until there is a stress. Lip sunburn is th ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Oral herpes: Oral herpes (cold sores) is often triggered by sunburn. If you have a past history of oral herpes and are pretty sure that's the problem, contact your ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Herpes virus returns: Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by recurrent oral herpes virus. They start as a slightly raised reddish area, then form a ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Can be prevented: Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by oral herpes virus. Sores appear more often when a person is under stress or is sick fr ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
35 years experience Internal Medicine
THEY ARE NOT: Dangerous at all, very annoying though depending on location.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Options: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Herpes virus, return: Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by recurrent oral herpes virus. They start as a slightly raised reddish area, then form a ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allan Goldstein
56 years experience Internal Medicine
Talk to MD: First make sure that you don't have an immune problem. May need oral meds and suppression.

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