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Can Antibiotics Cause Cold Sores
No.: Cold sores (or herpes) is a virus that is transmitted from person to person contact. Once a person has it, it never goes away, but the sores can heal. It can be reactivated by sunlight, stress, sickness (colds, flu). If a person has an infection and takes antibiotics for it, it may seem as though the antibiotics caused the cold sores, but the infection probably triggered reactivation. ...Read more
They can't be cured: Both are caused by a virus that lives on nerves and are self limiting to about 14 days. There are treatments to shorten the duration of the outbreaks and limit the pain, but certain stimuli will cause these outbreaks to reoccur from time to time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Cold weather may increase your chances of contracting the flu. Cold air may drive people to stay indoors and thus increasing your chance of coming into contact with the virus. Also, cold air may lowe your body temperature thus weakening your immune system. Cold air may also "stun" your airways and make one more succeptable to influenza. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can't: There's no cure for hsv infection and the blisters may recur sporadically — often in response to stress or a weakened immune system. Antiviral medications can help cold sores heal more quickly and may reduce the frequency of recurrences. Once you've had an episode of herpes infection, the virus lies dormant in nerve cells in your skin and may emerge again as an active infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Canker sore: Canker sores and yeast infections have different causes and treatments. Yeast is a fungal infection while canker sores are not an infection. The cause of canker sores are related to stress, trauma, chemical sensitivity, vitamin deficiencies, or autoimmune problems, however the exact cause is not well understood. ...Read more
Anbesol: Most 'cold sores' are caused by herpes simplex-1. (HSV-1)(not to be confused with the genital HSV-2.) Anbesol is a mixture of 3 things, Lidocaine and 2 antiseptics. The antiseptics might inhibit HSV-1 a bit, but its more to keep the lesion from getting over infected with a bacteria. So the answer is a mild yes, but don't count on it. ...Read more
Can cold sores be normal or are cold sores linked to the herpes virus. Meaning can someone have cold sores but my have the virus?
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