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Does chapstick help to heal cold sores?

Does chapstick help to heal cold sores?

Not really: Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Why do I get cold sores after I apply chapstick?

Why do I get cold sores after I apply chapstick?

Contaminate chapstip: I am not sure. If you have cold sore blisters it is best not to share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss in order to prevent spreading the infection to someone else. ...Read more

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Hi so I’ve had cold sores before but haven’t in a while, my lips were dry and I put chapstick on then they swelled up little blisters everywhere?

Maybe allergic: By the history this sounds like an allergic reaction to the lip balm. However, do you feel the same symptoms (burning, tingling or pain) that you feel when you get your cold sores? If you can't tell, then it would be best to go see a dermatologist who can make the diagnosis usually by seeing the lesions. The Dr. May have to perform a viral culture to be sure. A culture is not painful. ...Read more

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How come everytime I use Chapstick/lip balm my lips get cold sores/blisters?

How come everytime I use Chapstick/lip balm my lips get cold sores/blisters?

Well: Could be a couple things one you could've used the Chapstick when you had herpes and keep re-infecting yourself. Another possibility is you use the Stick when you're out in the sun and sunburned can cause a flareup of herpes. For specific diagnosis and treatment recommend health visit ...Read more

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I have 2 cold sores on my bottom lip and used this Chapstick that says it treats cold sores and chapped lips, called Herpecín L but after I applied it my lips started stinging. Why?

I have 2 cold sores on my bottom lip and used this Chapstick that says it treats cold sores and chapped lips, called Herpecín L but after I applied it my lips started stinging. Why?

Herpes labialis: OK, so forget anything topical for these cold sores. In fact, using the chap-stick after you get better is somewhat analogous to re-using toilet paper. It stings because of the pH difference between your damaged lips and the chemicals in the preparation. The best form of treatment for cold sores (herpes basically). is valacyclovir 1gr tablets...2 in the morning and 2 in the evening. Your done! ...Read more

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Can lip balm make anyone else break out into cold sores?

Can lip balm make anyone else break out into cold sores?

HSV-1 contamination?: I have not heard of this being a trigger. However, if you used lip balm that was previously used by someone with a cold sore - you could become infected with the herpes simplex virus type 1 (if not previously exposed). ...Read more

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What to do if I have a cold sore, I've tried ice, chapstick, and toothpaste with salt! What else can work?

Cold sore: Kenalog (triamcinolone) in orabase preparation can be effective zovirax, other antiviral preparations can help, if painful topical pain relievers like orabase or orajel can be effective for discomfort. ...Read more

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Do I need to throw away my personal care items after a breakout of cold sore like shampoo, soap, lotions, chapstick etc?

No: So you got a "cold sore". Probably herpes simplex type 1. The virus is present, but hiding in the ganglion of a nerve. It is there all the time. Your immunity prevents any spread to another place on your body. You already carry it and cannot "catch" it again. If recurrence is a problem, protection from the sun can reduce frequency. Valacyclovir pill is very effective. Forget any topicals or herbs. ...Read more

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What is the cause of cold sores?

What is the cause of cold sores?

Direct Contact: Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv). They are typically transmitted through broken skin. Sometimes through kissing, sharing eating utensils or drinking cups, or other forms of touching another person's saliva. ...Read more

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Can oral sex cause cold sores?

Can oral sex cause cold sores?

Definitely, yes: HSV infection can be transmitted from mouth to genitals during oral sexual contact. Therefore, people with oral HSV who are sexually active should use condoms or protection barriers with every oral sexual encounter. ...Read more

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What can cause cold sores and how do you prevent them?

Herpes simplex: Is divided into two types: HSV type 1 and HSV type 2. Both of these conditions can affect your mouth or your genitals and can be spread via oral sex, but not trough clothing. There no cure for HSV infection and often stress is an aggravating factor. Cold sores generally clear up without treatment within 10-14 days. ...Read more

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If my partner has cold sores can I catch it if they haven't had a break out for a long time. I got scared cause we don't usually kiss just in case?

If my partner has cold sores can I catch it if they haven't had a break out for a long time. I got scared cause we don't usually kiss just in case?

Cold sores - HSV1: I'm afraid cold sores are quite infectious - and the real trouble is, your partner 'could be' infectious without an obvious breakout. We call this asymptomatic viral shedding. There's no real way to know if that's occurring since you would need PCR measurements to confirm (viruses cannot be seen!). You can keep your risks lower by avoiding kissing/other contact when there's an obvious breakout. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

What causes cold sores?

Virus reactivation: Cold sores are caused by reactivation of a latent ("sleeping") virus in the nerves that supply sensation to the inside of the mouth. This is a "herpes" virus, but is most often not the same virus as the one that causes genital herpes. After contracting the virus from someone else's oral cavity, the virus can be reactivated by various triggers, including a common cold or other stressors. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

Herpes simplex: Real cold sores, which usually occur on the edge of the lips, are caused by herpes simplex virus. This is contagious by touch, and that is touching anywhere. So if you have active cold sores, you need to practice good handwashing anytime you might have touched the sore. Unfortunately, you can also spread them when you don't even have an active sore, in your saliva. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

Herpes simplex virus: Oral herpes, occurs with symptoms of cold sores or fever blisters, is an infection of the mouth and cause by herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2. After initial infection, the viruses are transported to the sensory nerve cell bodies, where they become latent and reside lifelong. Upon trigger, these virus then multiplies new virus particles, transport, and releases to the nerve terminal. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

HSV1: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1).
An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. ...Read more

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Can sex cause cold sores?

Can sex cause cold sores?

Yes - oral sex: One of the most common sexually transmitted diseases situations that can occur is the transmission of herpes related cold sores to the genital area. ...Read more

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What can cause consrant cold sores?

Something else: Usually cold sores come and go...Maybe you have something else... I would suggest seeing an oral medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Why causes multiple cold sores at once?

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Herpetic lesion: Small, multiple cold sores is the cause of herpetic lesion, and should be treated with antiviral medication. ...Read more

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What could be the causes of repetitive cold sores, ?

Stress: Stress brings out herpetic viruses that are stored in our nerve ganglion in the form of cold sores. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cold sores and what can be done for it?

What are the causes of cold sores and what can be done for it?

Laser: Canker sores or aphatous ulcers have no know cause except they are triggered by trauma, stress, spicy, citrus food. Not everyone gets them though. They are recurring and even though there are some medication that help cut the cycle down from 14 days, I am a big proponent
of laser treatment. Recent studies have shown laser treatment of the area can stop the pain immediately and cut the cycle ...Read more

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What are the causes of cold sores and how can I get them to go away?

HSV-1: Cold sores are painful blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). 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 3 x/ day at the onset can help. ...Read more

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Hi. I have had 3 cold sores in 3 weeks. When one goes away, another one came up. Could there be an underlying cause?

Hi. I have had 3 cold sores in 3 weeks. When one goes away, another one came up. Could there be an underlying cause?

Maybe: Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, UV rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period. ...Read more