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why am i getting cold sores? how can i reduce them?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Triggers.: Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, UV rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period.Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir).

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of cold sores?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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?

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Dr. David Miller
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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Dr. David Miller commented
Family Medicine 10 years experience
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A female asked:

Why causes multiple cold sores at once?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Herpes, low immunity: Oral antivirals will help, may need maintenance to control problem.
A 49-year-old female asked:

What can cause consrant cold sores?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Any ideas on why i'm getting cold sores and how can I reduce them?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Triggers?: Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, UV rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period.Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in European studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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w lysine 1,000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments.
Feb 23, 2015

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