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what is cold sores and it's causses and treatments..

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Dr. Amy Tezza
Dr. Amy Tezza answered
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Viral : Cold sores that occur on your lips are caused by a herpes simplex virus; it's usually type 2; type 1 can also cause sores on the mouth but are primarily genital. Stress and illnesses can precipitate an outbreak as can sun exposure. Antivirals like Acyclovir and Famvir (famciclovir) are not as useful for hsv 1 as they are for type 2 but are worth a try; start at the first symptoms (tingling prior to outbreak).
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Shallow mucosal ulce: The are shallow mucosal ulcers that initially can start as blisters. It is usual ly caused herpes virus and antiherpes topicals reduce symptoms and duration of ulcers.

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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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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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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.
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A 22-year-old male asked about a 22-year-old female:

What types of illness can cause cold sores?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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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