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A 37-year-old female asked:

why have do i get coldsore at 37 years old?

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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
Infectious Disease 14 years experience
Viral infection: Cold sores are symptoms of herpes simplex infections, which can be primary or recurrent; once you have the infection, the virus goes latent in your body and resurfaces during times of stress.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

About how long does it take for a coldsore scab to come off?

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Dr. Michael Green
Dentistry 9 years experience
7-19 days: Cold sores generally run their course in 7-10 days! zovirax or Valtrex (valacyclovir) can cut the duration in half!
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A 28-year-old female asked:

If someone has a coldsore and they are drinking out of a cup with a straw and pour some of there drink into a different cup. Can you get coldsore too?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Herpes Exposure: Nope. Casual contact does not transmit viruses like this.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How would i know if this is a coldsore?

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Cold sore: A cold sore involves the border areas between the skin and mucous membrane and is often mistaken for a canker sore which occurs only on the mucous membrane and not the skin. It is caused by hsvi and can be triggered by sun exposure, stress, another viral illness etc. If severe, your doctor can prescribe an anti-viral drug to hasten the healing.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Please advise how to shorten the healing time of a coldsore?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Natural healing: Coldsores are usually caused by a virus and so have their own timing to heal. The good news is that area of the body has excellent blood supply and so inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) occurs as the body increases blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins carry bad stuff away. No special tricks are needed, just stay healthy.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

What is the cycle of a coldsore?

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Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dermatology 21 years experience
Herpes simplex : Cold sores are caused by the hsv1 virus. Initially, the cold sore appears as a cluster or single vesicle or blister on a red base. Over a few days, the blister opens and becomes crusted and then heals over the course of 1-2 weeks. The severity and length of the outbreak can be reduced using creams such as abreva or oral prescription anti-viral medications such as valtrex (valacyclovir).

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