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Doctor insights on: Can I Go Swimming When I Have Cold Sores

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Can I go swimming with a scabbed over cold sore, that in the last stages of healing?

Can I go swimming with a scabbed over cold sore, that in the last stages of healing?

Wait for complete: healing. Just because the cold sore is scabbed over doesn’t mean it's no longer contagious. Eat, talk, smile, and your scab can break and the fluid can leak out. If you have any further queries click this --> https://www.healthtap.com/experts/12714048-dr-vahe-yetimyan ...Read more

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Needing expert help. I have cold sores for the first time?

Needing expert help. I have cold sores for the first time?

Your doctor can : Prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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Please help me! I have cold sores all over my face, and they're getting worse!?

Please help me! I have cold sores all over my face, and they're getting worse!?

If the lesions are: All over your face, they may not be from herpes. Please see your physician or your dermatologist for evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Extremely scared that I might have herpes and that I'm not active but I have done things with a guy and I'm scared because I have cold sores ?

I do not understand: If you have cold sores you have herpes...herpes simplex 1. That does not mean that you have genital herpes- herpes simplex 2. IF you are scared, see your doctor for more information. That should help a lot. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have cold sores does that mean i can't have intercourse without spreading the herpes?

Depends: It depends on what type of activity you engage in. Herpes virus is spread from skin to skin.If you don't want to spread it, avoid bringing it into contact with any area that would be at risk.There are a variety of things you can do during sex that share pleasure without exposure. Think it through. ...Read more

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Not sure why this happened, but doctor says I have cold sores. Am trying to figure out what it is before I tell my boss.?

Not sure why this happened, but doctor says I have cold sores. Am trying to figure out what it is before I tell my boss.?

No need...: ...To tell your boss, unless you want to. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus. Effective oral treatments are available by prescription. Topical treatments are, by and large, ineffective. Relax, not the end of the world. ...Read more

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I have cold sores on my top lip year-round. Even when it "heals", its still there..What do I do?

I have cold sores on my top lip year-round. Even when it "heals", its still there..What do I do?

Cold sores: Cold sores frequently brek out when your immune system i compromised. Since you state that you have chronic fatigue and depression this could be allowing the virus to break out. There is also antiviral medication available which may help... You should discuss this with you physician or dentist. ...Read more

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My tongue feels sore at the tip. I have cold sores but this has been sore for 3 weeks. My tongue looks raw and bumpy.

My tongue feels sore at the tip. I have cold sores but this has been sore for 3 weeks. My tongue looks raw and bumpy.

Sore tongue: It could be a viral or fungal infection. Impossible to diagnose without a visual examination. See your dentist, ENT specialist, or family physician. ...Read more

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Supposing I have cold sores(herpes 1, ), can I get genital herpes?

Supposing I have cold sores(herpes 1, ), can I get genital herpes?

Yes: Having hsv-1 does not confer any protection from getting hsv-2. Always practice safe sex and use protection whenever you can (condoms). ...Read more

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If I have cold sores, does it mean that i will have herpes/ genital herpes in the future?

No: Be sure to employ good hand washing after touching the cold sore. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus, but you can have it orally and not genitally. ...Read more