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Is it likley to give someone head while having a cold sore and them not getting anything? How soon should I have him get tested?

Is it likley to give someone head while having a cold sore and them not getting anything? How soon should I have him get tested?

Relax: The other person probably already has this virus. Most adults have it but only a few have symptoms. If he already has it, he will not get it from another person. Since the virus is sometimes present between attacks, most transmission occurs from a person having no sore at the time. People who carry the virus but do not know it account for the majority of infections to contacts. A blood test can de. ...Read more

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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Hello, I have what looks to be a pimple just above my lip. It appears to have a white head. It is a little sore. I do have cystic acne and get pimples on my face. I'm writing you to find out if it is just a pimple or whether it could be a cold sore. I d

Hello, I have what looks to be a pimple just above my lip. It appears to have a white head. It is a little sore. I do have cystic acne and get pimples on my face. I'm writing you to find out if it is just a pimple or whether it could be a cold sore. I d

MOST LIKELY COLD SOR: The location and description is more suggestive of a cold sore. Having said that it is very difficult to say with certainty what it is without looking at it. If you are concerned about it get it checked by your doctor ...Read more

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Can my baby get herpes simplex from her head being in close proximity to a cold sore? Also, how long can the virus live on skin?

Can my baby get herpes simplex from her head being in close proximity to a cold sore? Also, how long can the virus live on skin?

Yes possible: Herpes (simplex) is contagious disease, possible to get infected by constant contact. Once infected will stay in the body for ever. ...Read more

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Can my baby get herpes simplex from her head being in close proximity to a cold sore? Also, how long can the virus live on skin?

Can my baby get herpes simplex from her head being in close proximity to a cold sore? Also, how long can the virus live on skin?

Be very careful!: Herpes can be very dangerous in newborns up to age 1 month. HSV is transmitted by direct contact with infected sores or tissues. No kissing her until healed and frequently wash hands or use alcohol gel (like PurelĀ®), especially after touching your face. "Head in close proximity" probably is no risk. You might take anti-HSV Rx (e.g. valacyclovir). Call and discuss all this with baby's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Had what looked like a canker sore/white head directly on bottom lip. Popped it and it went away. Not a cold sore. Usually get with chapped lips.?

Had what looked like a canker sore/white head directly on bottom lip. Popped it and it went away. Not a cold sore. Usually get with chapped lips.?

See your dentist: See your dentist. You may have had an aphthous ulcer which is very similiar and not a cold sore. It appears on soft muscosal tissue and lasts for 3-7 days. It appears from stress and iatrogenic; unknown causes. It disappears usually after 7 days but, it is red and painful. Viscous Lidocaine rinses and Lidex (fluocinonide) cream topically applied to the area help. ...Read more

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My long distance boyfriend has a cold sore and I'm seeing him this weekend- can I kiss his face and can he kiss my face? Like cheek/forehead not mouth

My long distance boyfriend has a cold sore and I'm seeing him this weekend- can I kiss his face and can he kiss my face? Like cheek/forehead not mouth

It depends...: Is the diagnosis certain? Facial herpes can occur, but less common than oral (lips, etc), and it is unusual to have outbreaks in two area, i.e. both cheek and forehead. If he has it and you do not, best to avoid kissing and other direct contact, e.g. no oral sex on you. You could have a blood test. If already positive for HSV1 (as are half of all people), you're immune, can't catch it again. ...Read more

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2 week old baby got kissed on the forehead by my aunt who has a cold sore. What are the chances my baby will contract this virus now? I've never had 1.

2 week old baby got kissed on the forehead by my aunt who has a cold sore. What are the chances my baby will contract this virus now? I've never had 1.

???: Hard to say. I am sure you wiped it off ASAP after aunt not looking. The likelihood is questionable, as the forehead is not a moist surface and no membranes were involved. Greater risk if area then touched and fingers got into mouth or nose or eyes Do not hesitate to protect your child by advising -especially family- people not to kiss child when a sore is present. They don't like it - too bad. ...Read more

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I have a "cold sore" that has my gland swollen and my head hurting?

I have a "cold sore" that has my gland swollen and my head hurting?

Please see your gyn: Or primary doc today as they can prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) or similar to help cure the cold sore as quickly as possible and make sure there is no secondary or other infection or issues. ...Read more

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I have a small white head on my actual lip and I popped it and puss came out. I've head a cold sore before but this doesn't seem like one.?

Correct: This was not a cold sore. They don't have puss in them. It may have been a blocked oil duct of some kind. Either way, as long as it doesn't show any signs of infection, it's not dangerous for you. Hope it gets better! ...Read more

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About two weeks ago when I had a cold sore I noticed a lot of my left lymph nodes (neck and head) were swollen... two weeks later and they still are??

About two weeks ago when I had a cold sore I noticed a lot of my left lymph nodes (neck and head) were swollen... two weeks later and they still are??

Time: The enlarged lymph nodes are the body's response to an infection and may take up to 6 weeks to resolve. If the problem persists beyond 6 weeks or are getting larger, contact your doctor ...Read more

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Hello it normal to have jaw ear head and sinus pain with a cold sore?

No: I would suspect separate causes. Pain/stress with jaw/sinus problem can be a trigger for viral activation and appearance of cold sore, but the jaw/sinus problems need to be evaluated to determine cause. ...Read more

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Herpes simplex one on head of my penis? Not sure who gave it to me, but should I confront the one with cold sore?

Herpes simplex one on head of my penis? Not sure who gave it to me, but should I confront the one with cold sore?

Herpes: Herpes is a viral infection of the skin. It always comes the first time from another person. Herpes on your penis could come from your penis contacting the virus in a woman's vagina, or a persons mouth or anus, or even their hand. It doesn't pay to confront anyone about where your infection came from, and you should use condoms for sexual activity. Herpes can be treated easily with pills, or cream. ...Read more

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I have a swollen painful bump on my nostril is it a cold sore? I've had it for 3 days and doesn't have a head like a pimple. It's very red and painful

I have a swollen painful bump on my nostril is it a cold sore? I've had it for 3 days and doesn't have a head like a pimple. It's very red and painful

A good history: A good social and medical history would be helpful to try to pinpoint what you may have. It is certainly likely that you have a cold sore, but I am more inclined to believe that you have a simple pimple in that area. I have seen several like this, they tend to get very red, no visible head on the skin surface, and very painful. ...Read more

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I almost had oral sex with a woman with a cold sore. She put her mouth on the head of my penis, barely. It was for 1 sec. Should I worry about gen herpes?

Herpes: Herpes is contagious whether one has a cold sore or not. It can also be true that one is not contagious when they have a cold sore. The cold sore is now known to be meaningless as an indication of infectiousness.

75% of us have herpes type one. Once you have this common infection you cannot get it again. Ever. ...Read more

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I had a pimple on lower lip and it was bugging me so I popped it, over night lip became swelled and I'm not sure if it has turned into cold sore or not, lip appears swollen with sore filled with fluid and white head. Feels irritated?

Abscess?: Although it may just be swelling from the trauma of "popping" it (the lips are very sensitive), it may have developed into an abscess. It should certainly be evaluated by MD. It may need antibiotics or to be drained. Most urgent care clinics can take care of this, as well as primary care offices, though they may shy at draining since it's on your lip. ...Read more

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Cold sore or zit? Started as red bump in corner of lips, tried to pop like zit (no white head), crust formed, traces left 2 weeks later

Cold sores: It is most likely a cold sores. If this is the first time you have it, most likely you have been exposed to somebody with it. It is caused by Herpes virus. Sometimes treatment is needed esp if it become recurrent. ...Read more

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I was at the dentist said I might have a cold sore, I doubt it I have a pimple like bump no head it hurts when I bit it in my lip but that's it ideas?

Bump: There are many possibilities and merely giving you a list of them is not really helpful. Almost all will be gone within a couple of weeks and nothing to be concerned about. If it's important for you to know what it is, see an Oral Surgeon for a more likely definitive diagnosis. In almost all cases we can diagnose these lesions just by observation. A few require a biopsy. Usually gone anyway! ...Read more

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I have one bump on my upper lip! It has been there for 3 to 4 days! It came to a head and I popped it!! Now it is a flat hard spot! It does itch so I assumed it was a cold sore but it's not a blister or a cluster just one bump??

I have one bump on my upper lip! It has been there for 3 to 4 days! It came to a head and I popped it!! Now it is a flat hard spot! It does itch so I assumed it was a cold sore but it's not a blister or a cluster just one bump??

Sounds like you: May have a MUCOCOELE a small mucous containing
cyst which originates on the line joining your lip tissue
and your skin! It should slowly resolve but if persists ask your Dentist for a referral to an oral/plastic surgeon for excision!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Had oral sex. Girl had a cold sore. She put mouth on head of penis for 1 sec. Didn't touch sore. I told her to stop. What is my risk of getting gen. Herpes?

Had oral sex. Girl had a cold sore. She put mouth on head of penis for 1 sec. Didn't touch sore. I told her to stop. What is my risk of getting gen. Herpes?

Risk is low: Mother risk of contracting herpes with this contact is very low, it still is possible. The only way to tell is to see if you develop any sores. ...Read more

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Lump by left side under jawline and where jaw meets the neck. I feel it everytime I turn my head left. I'm not sick, no fever. Just cold sore on lip?

Reactive node: Commonly lymph nodes will swell when there is an infection. If it doesn't resolve, be sure to get it checked out. Its of more concern if firm and nontender. ...Read more

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Bad cold sore throat congested head and nausea sign of pregancy?

Bad cold sore throat congested head and nausea sign of pregancy?

No: Although early morning and sometimes later in day nausea may be associated with pregnancy the other manifestations suggest you have a viral illness. ...Read more