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Can you have a cold sore that turns into impetigo?

Can you have a cold sore that turns into impetigo?

Not exactly: Most cold sores are caused by a virus while most impetigo is due to bacteria such as staphylococcus. One does not lead to the other. However, if you have a weakened immune system then you may be at risk to develop both of these problems around the same time. ...Read more

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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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Would it be possible that a cold sore develop into genital herpes?

Would it be possible that a cold sore develop into genital herpes?

Not Usuallt But: Oral herpes is a common infection of the mouth area. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1). There are two types of hsv, termed hsv-1 and hsv-2. See links for more information: 1) http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/oral_herpes/article_em.Htm 2) http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000606.Htm. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore in your nose be contagious if you pick it?

Can a cold sore in your nose be contagious if you pick it?

Cold sores: Yes. If the cold sore is painful, it is usually viral as in herpes. If it is an open sore and oozing, it could be strep or staph infection. ...Read more

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Can you get a TB skin test done while you are sick? It started off as my allgeries and sinus that turned into a cold

Can you get a TB skin test done while you are sick? It started off as my allgeries and sinus that turned into a cold

Yes: A upper respiratory infection will not change the result of a Tb test. It is probably best to stay home and wait until it passes so you don't infect co workers. Any time you have a fever you are infectiious and can spread a virus. In life though work doesn't always give us a chance to rest and get better. Use your best judgement. ...Read more

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A friend has been sick. Can fever or stress cause sores on the mouth that resemble cold sores? It doesn't hurt and can be covered up with makeup.

Herpes simplex: If the sores are on or around the lips, cold sores (herpes simplex)would be likely. If they are within the mouth different types of viral lesions could be present. If these lesions persist or worsen, see your physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have canker sores in my mouth that could be an allergy or a virus. If it's a virus, how long will this take to clear up? Thank you.

I have canker sores in my mouth that could be an allergy or a virus.  If it's a virus, how long will this take to clear up?  Thank you.

2 weeks: Viral canker sores are a variation of the chickenpox virus and usually take about 2 weeks to heal. Do not use anything caustic on it. Warm salt water rinses and/or baby teething salves are good. ...Read more

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I heard that if you have a cold sore and touch it and then touch an open wound that the wound will get infected. Is this true?

Yes: You may spread the virus into open skin areas by touching the cold sore. Please wash your hands and wear gloves if caring for someone with a cold sore as well. ...Read more

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Can you transmit a cold sore to type 2 herpes if you touch your cold sore and went to the bathroom? Freaking out a little bit about getting type 2

Can you transmit a cold sore to type 2 herpes if you touch your cold sore and went to the bathroom? Freaking out a little bit about getting type 2

Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex I and II can both be on the face or genitals, although I is more common around the lips and II, around the genitals. Best not to contact an open sore and wash your hands thoroughly if you do or any other body part that could come in contact. Covering with a sterile band aid might help deter the tendency to forget and touch a cold sore. Abreva (Denavir) OTC can shorten the course. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore look like a canker sore after it's been popped?Can a pimple look this way if it was popped?Not sure if HSV or zit.No tingle, blister.

Can a cold sore look like a canker sore after it's been popped?Can a pimple look this way if it was popped?Not sure if HSV or zit.No tingle, blister.

Depends: The herpes appears in very specific locations and has specific appearance. Not likely mistaken for a zit. Inside the mouth it will be found on the tissues immediately next to the teeth and also on the palate. Outside the mouth, most commonly around the mouth, and under the nose. See your dentist or oral surgeon if needed. Will resolve in 10 - 14 days. Good luck. ...Read more

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I get cold sores. If I make out with someone when a cold sore is not present on my lips, what are the chances the person I kiss will get a cold sore?

I get cold sores. If I make out with someone when a cold sore is not present on my lips, what are the chances the person I kiss will get a cold sore?

Amost: ZERO.....but remember you must be aware of the early symptoms (tingling etc) just before the lesions break out to be completely sure you don't infect your partner! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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If someone who has the shingles really bad more then once or twice. They catch herpes does that also make the cold sore worse too.

If someone who has the shingles really bad more then once or twice. They catch herpes does that also make the cold sore worse too.

Shingles & cold sore: Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, cold sores by herpes simplex viruses. Even though they are in the same family, they aren't same, you can't catch one from the other. However, if a person's immune system is not functioning properly due to illness/medications, they are more likely to get eruptions of both shingles and cold sores because these are usually kept in check by immune system. ...Read more

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If someone with a cold sore kisses a baby, will that baby get herpes or cold sores in the future?

If someone with a cold sore kisses a baby, will that baby get herpes or cold sores in the future?

They can: Cold sores are caused by a herpes virus. It is quite contagious so yes your baby can get herpes from another person and herpes virus stay dormant in our body and can reactivate any time in the future. Mos adults have already had and will ocassionally have cold sores come back. Same with children although it is quite unpredictable. ...Read more

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Can a child with a cold sore be spreading the virus if playing in a community pool?

Can a child with a cold sore be spreading the virus if playing in a community pool?

Possibly: Although community pools are chlorinated to help kill germs and prevent the spread of germs, the virus that causes cold sores is contagious. I suspect the risk is low. Nonetheless, i would suggest that kids with open, active cold sores stay out of community pools to help reduce the risk of transmission. ...Read more

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Could it happen such that a cold sore in your nose be contagious during oral sex?

Could it happen such that a cold sore in your nose be contagious during oral sex?

Yes: If it is a herpes simplex virus cold sore it can be spread to the genitalia during oro-genital contact. 10% of genital herpes infections are caused by the oral herpes simplex 1 virus. Are you sure the nasal lesion is a cold sore and not a staph.Aureus infection? ...Read more

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I got cold chills and a sore throat today does that mean I will have a full blown cold or can I quickly take something to cut it out???

I got  cold chills and a sore throat today does that mean I will have a full blown cold or can I quickly take something to cut it out???

Your Immunity: Cold chills and a sore throat signify that your body is fight off something but how well it will succeed depends on your own immunity and the virulence of the infection. Viruses may hit hard and fast but then usually begin to get better in 3-4 days with resolution in 7-14 days. If you get sick again after this it is usually bacterial. You may just fight it off if u r in good health. ...Read more

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Can you get a cold sore by drinking from someone's else drink that has the cold sore?

Very unlikely: Herpes is transmitted only by direct personal contact, e.g. oral herpes by kissing. Contact with contaminated glasses, eating utensils, etc is very unlikely to transmit the virus. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

A bacterial skin infection ...Read more