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Can A Cold Sore Appear On The Penis
Possible\unlikely: It is very unusual but possible for cold sores caused by a virus to appear on the inside of the lip, and when they do, it is most common near the insider border of the lip. They appear more often in clusters and as a blister, unlike canker sores (aphthous ulcers) which occur only inside the mouth and usually as a single white ulcer surrounded by a red inflamed border. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Borofax: Keep the area moist wit a lip cream like borofax for accelerated healing. ...Read more
Cold sores: Avoid picking at cold sores. Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more
No: No, a cold sore is caused by a virus. You probably had the virus and were picking at the spot because as the virus starts to erupt, it causes swelling and tingling at the site. It takes a few days for the scab to form. Eventually it will heal and will be back to normal. There are meds that will shorten the duration of a cold sore. But they work only if taken early. See your doctor asap. ...Read more
Entirely different: I never heard of "lie bump" until now; had to google it. But the answer is definitely no: lingual papillitis (lie bumps) are not herpes, which is the cause of cold sores on the lips. These are entirely separate problems. (And of course telling a lie has nothing to do with this or any other tongue problem -- which you probably knew!) ...Read more
Canker sore or fever blister on the inside of my mouth. Will it make the healing process more difficult?
Warm saltwater.: Warm saltwater rinses 3-5/day will help reduce inflammation and make the area more comfortable. Ibuprofen 400mg every 4 hrs will do the same. Ice directly on the sore for 10 minutes 4-5 times/day is difficult but really works. Eat only soft foods that are not spicy or hot to keep from irritating the area. All these will reduce the healing time but it still takes 7-10days. ...Read more
I have a canker sore and strep throat. A sore similar to the canker sore in my mouth has appeared more on my actual lip. Is this normal?
Herpes?: A very common cause of sores on the lips (not inside like canker sores) is oral herpes ("cold sore", "fever blister"). As these names suggest, other infections like colds or strep throat can trigger herpes outbreaks in persons infected with type 1 herpes simplex virus (HSV1). Herpes is especially likely if it started like a blister or pimple. See a doctor ASAP to confirm diagnosis and Rx advice. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: These are small, circular, shallow ulcers which are usually very tender and painful. ...Read more
HealthTap Prime: The 1st step would be to use HealthTap (HT) Prime to upload a picture or to use ur webcam so a doctor can see the sore, live & in real-time. The doc may want to discuss your risks of exposure as well as any other symptom that you may have. The doctor can also prescribe tests that may help make the diagnosis. Lastly, on HT Prime, a doctor may prescribe medication to treat b4 test results are known. ...Read more
I have herpes simplex 1 and get cold sores on my tongue and inside cheeks can I use the same over-the-counter products as i would for a lip cold sore?
May be oral aphthae: Herpes inside the mouth is uncommon. Oral aphthous ulcers are much more likely. The cause of oral aphthae is not known; sometimes oral ulcers are associated with other diseases or with systemic medication. There is no standard (nor very successful!) treatment for oral aphthous ulcers. Check with your doctor to see if he or she can make a more definitive diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Blister on the inside of my mouth and if i smile or grin it hurts a little. Is it a cold sore or canker sore?
Your Dentist Knows: Cold sores (herpes simplex 1) are usually red and on the surrounding tissues of the mouth. Canker sores (aplthous ulcers) are generally white and on thesoft tissue inside the mouth. Your dentist is trained to tell the difference. Both are made worse by stress & will recur. Herpes is a virus, aphthous is believed to be autoimmune in nature. See your dentist to be sure you know what you have. ...Read more
There's a sore on my boyfriend's inner upper lip. It's white/yellow with red around it. He gets them when stressed. Is it a canker sore or a cold sore?
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