Panorama City, CA
A 22-year-old female asked:
what are reasons to get cold sores?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Herpes: Cold sore are caused only by the herpes simplex virus. There is no cure yet but they can be controlled with otc meds like abreva or rx like Valtrex (valacyclovir) or acyclovir. Common triggers to breakouts are mental/emotional stress, illness, severe environmental change (bitter cold). Basically things that stress your body.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
What is the cause of cold sores?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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 cluster of tiny blisters, which break open soon, leaving a sore (ulcer) to heal up over a week. Sores appear more often when one is under stress or is ill from another illness. Younger babies with herpes should see a doctor when a sore appears.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
What causes cold sores?
12 doctor answers • 31 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Herpes virus: Cold sores are typically caused by the type i herpes virus. It is very common and distinct from genital herpes, which is typically caused by the type ii herpes virus, although there is some overlap between the two.
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Why causes multiple cold sores at once?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Dermatology 46 years experience
Herpes, low immunity: Oral antivirals will help, may need maintenance to control problem.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
What can cause consrant cold sores?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Dermatology 32 years experience
Cold Sores: Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv). There are two types of herpes simplex virus: hsv-1 and hsv-2. Both virus types can cause sores around the mouth (herpes labialis) and on the genitals (genital herpes). Treatment can be with suppressive doses of prescription valtrex, (valacyclovir) 500mg to 1000mg a day.
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A 22-year-old male asked about a 22-year-old female:
What types of illness can cause cold sores?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Oral herpes: Recurrent oral herpes (cold sores, also called fever blisters) is reactivation of infection with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1). As the names themselves imply, other infections (colds, influenza, anything that causes fever) can trigger outbreaks. Sunburn also is a common trigger, prevented by sun block cream. However, most outbreaks have no obvious trigger.
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Last updated Jul 29, 2018
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