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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
That can: Happen.

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
May or may not pop.: 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 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Doubt herpes: Herpes lesions are unlikely to contain "hard white pus". Probably it was just a pimple. But see your doctor if you remain uncertain.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Secondary infection: Popping any sore on any part of your body is never a good idea, due to the ever present risk of acquiring a secondary bacterial infection.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You will release: A huge # of herpes simplex type 1 viruses - yes, contagious !
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Herpes virus: Comes teaming out of the lesion.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
No, see doc soon...: Uncomplicated canker sore or cold sore of lip should run its uneventful course though expecting to suffer from topical pain. Topical undue swelling ne ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 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
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Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
30 years experience Infectious Disease
Nothing: Nothing in particular.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Virus comes teaming: Out of blister.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Potential to spread: If you have cold sore blisters it is best not to share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss in order to prevent spreading the infection ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mohammad Khan
29 years experience Pediatrics
May heal soon: May not need any treatment if get worst or painful pls see a physician.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
What to do: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Antibiotics are imperative for stre ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Call your dentist: Your dentist can answer that question. He needs to see where the lesion is to determine diagnosis.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
What to do:: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *For an ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Canker movable gums: Canker sores are usually located on tissue that moves in the mouth; for example, the inside of the cheek, under the tongue; cold sores are usually loc ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
I don't know.: 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
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Frist
45 years experience Dentistry
Stress, exposures to: Some will get them from excessive exposure to sunlight, others to tomatoes, others to spicy foods. By far the major contributor appears to be stress ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
What to do: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Antibiotics are imperative for stre ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Pimple vs cold sore: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus ( ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Amost: ZERO.....but remember you must be aware of the early symptoms (tingling etc) just before the lesions break out to be completely sure you don't infect ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Consider seeing: Your physician to discuss antiviral medication.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Idelle Brand
39 years experience Dentistry
Laser treatment: Use of lasers on the cold sore will usually stop the pain and heal the sore quicker. Topical anesthetic (anbesol) will relieve the pain in the interim ... Read More
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