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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

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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I have a cold sore and was wondering whether it could be an impetigo spot?

I have a cold sore and was wondering whether it could be an impetigo spot?

Cold sore: For people who do develop signs and symptoms, a cold sore usually passes through several stages, which include:
tingling and itching. Many people feel an itching, burning or tingling sensation around their lips for a day or two before cold sore blisters erupt.
Blisters. Small fluid-filled blisters typically break out along the border where the outside edge of the lips meets the skin of the face. ...Read more

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Can cold sore be turned into impetigo?

Can cold sore be turned into impetigo?

Uncommon: A cold sore is typically caused by a viral infection. Impetigo is a bacterial infection. While uncommon, the cold sore can become secondarily infected by the bacteria that causes impetigo. You should notice a honey-crust appearance with impetigo and a lesion that persists longer than usual. ...Read more

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Is there a way to differentiate between a cold sore or impetigo inside nose? Get occasional cold sores on outer edge of nostril. Dangerous to brain?

Is there a way to differentiate between a cold sore or impetigo inside nose? Get occasional cold sores on outer edge of nostril. Dangerous to brain?

With impetigo: You get honey crusting sores and very contagious. Best treated with bactroban (mupirocin) / Mupirocin ointment. Need to heal the mucosa to stop the sores completely. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a cold sore...?

How do you know if you have a cold sore...?

cold sore: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It breaks open ; releases fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex type 1 virus. ...Read more

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If you have a cold sore does that mean you have herpes? Is it the contagious kind of herpes?

Yes: 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). ...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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Is it bad to kiss someone on the cheek of you have a cold sore? Even if there family?

It depends to the: immunity of the person who is kissed. A blood test can show if you already have the virus and you are immune to the virus or you do not have the virus and not immune to it. People with hsv (cold sore) virus will sometimes transmit the virus on days when there is no sore. But most of us carry this virus with no symptoms since we were children, thus we already have it and are immune to it. ...Read more

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If you have a cold sore should you avoid kissing a partner to prevent passing herpes?

If you have a cold sore should you avoid kissing a partner to prevent passing herpes?

Yes and no: Cold sores are of bacterial origin but herpes is a virus. Either can be passed by contact so you should refrain from contact. ...Read more

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Can you give youself genital herpes if you have a cold sore from masterbating?

Can you give youself genital herpes if you have a cold sore from masterbating?

Herpes: First. There are two herpes viruses. A person cannot give themselves an infection. Infection comes from someone or somewhere else. If you have herpes simplex, or oral herpes, it does not move. You cannot get the same herpes virus a second time. 75% of americans have the oral herpes virus. 25% have the std herpes or hsv type two. ...Read more

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If you have a cold sore on your lip, does this mean you have full fledged infectious herpes?

If you have a cold sore on your lip, does this mean you have full fledged infectious herpes?

Yes: I am not sure what you mean by "full fledged" infectious herpes, but i will say you do have active infectious herpes that can be transmitted and needs to be treated. ...Read more

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How can you safely go to work if you have a cold sore/fever blister if its a restaurant?

If healled: The sore goes through several phase of healing. Blistering and crusting are 2 of the more contagious times for the sore. If you are on medication, and are not in a food delivery type job- then you should be fine. ...Read more

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Is it possible to transmit the herpes virus to your genital area if you have a cold sore?

Is it possible to transmit the herpes virus to your genital area if you have a cold sore?

HSV: There are two types of herpes simplex viruses (hsv) that cause oral and genital herpes. Typically, hsv-1 causes oral disease and hsv-2 genital disease. However, both viruses can cause either infection. Self innoculation (or transmitting oral disesae to the genitalia) is virtually impossible since the virus is inactivated at room temperature and by drying from air. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is true that having oral sex with someone when you have a cold sore (fever blister) will give that person genital herpes?

There is potential: For herpes simplex virus 1 to be transmitted to genitalia. Oral sex has potential to transmit a number of sti's. Herpes simplex, hiv, hpv, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis ; hepatitis can be spread via oral sex. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore, what to do?

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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I have a cold sore what should I do?

Cold Sore: Cold sores are caused by a virus. It will heal itself in 7-10 days. Alternatively you may use an otc med like abreva which will shorten the time if it is on your lip or see your dentist or md for an rx for zovirax ointment($$$) again for the lip. If it is intra-oral zovirax(acyclovir) is available in pill form. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold sore?

Cold sore: Your doctor can identify a cold sore. A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It breaks open ; releases fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex type 1 virus. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a cold sore help me please !?

Options: 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 three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore now! how do I make it go away fast?

Your doctor can : Prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral which can actually help regarding transmission to others. Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream). 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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What to do if I have a cold sore that has gotten mushy?

Cold Sore: Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in European studies to help expedite cold sore healing. Have you talked with your doctor about antiviral medication? ...Read more

Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

A bacterial skin infection ...Read more