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Logan, UT
A 19-year-old female asked:

why is it that when i get cold sores i get a many as 15 at a time? why don't i just get one like other people?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Good question: If you could find a good answer to why this happens you would become very famous. Nobody knows all the reasons that herpes simples infections recur in some people and to different degrees of severity.

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Why do I develop so many cold sores?

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Parma Heights, OH
A 24-year-old female asked:

I get cold sores a couple of times a year. This month alone I have gotten 3+. One heals another one comes, in a different spot. What could be causing so many in a short period?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Oral herpes: Recurrent oral herpes outbreaks are random, but this many oubreaks in such a short time is unusual. First be certain that's what you have. Cold sores occur near the lips, i.e. outside the mouth, or elsewhere on the face. Some people call sores inside the mouth cold sores, but they are canker sores -- entirely different and not caused by herpes. Also, pimples can and other things can look similar.

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