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Can I Have Mrsa In My Cold Sore I Had Mrsa About 3 Months Ago
Red Skin: Without performing cultures (viral and bacterial), it is difficult to say with 100% certainty. It would be best to get to a qualified provider who is able to perform a Tzanck smear and that would clinch the diagnosis immediately. Cultures may take days to get results back. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
So I have a cold sore on the corner of my mouth and it has been hurting for a few days so i squeezed it and puss stuff came out is this mersa?
Probably not: Its hard to be certain. Cold sores can easily become colonized by normal skin bacteria, which probably caused the pus you saw. The only way to tell if it is MRSA is to get a culture. But if you are otherwise healthy and this is not getting worse, you ought to be able to just ride this out. ...Read more
Virus: Cold sores are cause by the herpes virus, which "hides out" between flares. Physical or emotional stress can trigger a flare. Bright sunlight can trigger a flare. Foods or supplements with the Amino Acid arginine can trigger a flare. Doc can prescribe meds to suppress virus (if frequent or severe flares) or topical med to shorten course of flare. ...Read more
Got my first cold sore three weeks ago and it's not going away. I've tried abreva, zyclovir, etc. Should i let it dry out naturally, or keep it moist?
I am prone to this cold sores and even have one now about three days ago I noticed a small bump on the left side of my tongue it is not painful I was just wondering if it could be a cold sore spread into my tongue or my health anxiety makes me think it's
Not a cold sore: Cold sores occur on the outside of the mouth/borders of lips, not in the mouth and are caused by the herpes virus. Canker sores, which are not caused by the herpes virus occur in the mouth, and are typically painful. This could just be an enlarged tongue papilla, which is common and not a problem. Have your doctor check it to be sure. ...Read more
I have had three small pimple like bumps on my bottom lip now for like over a month now with the symptoms of a cold sore but they haven't open or grew?
Are they painful?: If they are not painful they may be small cysts called milia. They can be removed by your local dermatologist and are not dangerous. Cold sores are painful. ...Read more
I have a small bump on the left side of my tongue that I noticed about two or three days ago. I also have a cold sore on my lip I was wondering if the two could be related? I suffer from health anxiety so this is making me think I have oral cancer
Don't jump to cancer: You are right to think about your health anxiety - and you'd be right to get that under control. There are psychotherapists who specialize in this type of anxiety - it's fairly common. But the probable connection is a virus (herpes) or something like that and you can ask your Dr or a pharmacist for symptom relief. Canker sores should go soon, so if it lasts - see your Dr. Best! ...Read more
Old sore: Cold sores usually resolve in seven to ten days when no intervention is used. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat 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 w lysine ...Read more
Sometimes as fast as: 3 to 4 days. Your doctor can prescribe valtrex. 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 regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatment. ...Read more
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