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Doctor insights on: Chapped Lips Vs Cold Sore

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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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How can I get rid of chapped lips and a cold sore!?

How can I get rid of chapped lips and a cold sore!?

Comfortable: Do anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. However check with your pharmacy for a few items that may make you more comfortable - remember that they generally do not shorten the 2 week time. ...Read more

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Chapped lips all weekend now have a little blister on bottom lip. It feels nothing like a cold sore. Is it just due to chapped lips? Contagious?

Chapped lips all weekend now have a little blister on bottom lip. It feels nothing like a cold sore. Is it just due to chapped lips? Contagious?

Assume cold sore: It is difficult to assess without an exam, but if it is painfull and you have a history of cold sores, you should avoid contact with other parts of your body, especially your eyes or anyone else until it is resolved. If the blister does not resolve or gets worse within a week, you should see your dentist for an exam. ...Read more

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Dry, red skin over upper lip. Crusts over& drys out& flakes. Not a cold sore or impitego. Started out as chapped lips& has been there for 2 months?

Dry, red skin over upper lip. Crusts over& drys out& flakes. Not a cold sore or impitego. Started out as chapped lips& has been there for 2 months?

Get it looked at: You need someone to look at it to diagnose it. How do you know it isn't a cold sore, impetigo, or something else? Answer: have a physician look at it. ...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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Having breakouts along my lip line. Do not tingle like a cold sore, but throb like chapped lips. Have taken 2 gm valtrex, (valacyclovir) no relief. Have picture.

Having breakouts along my lip line. Do not tingle like a cold sore, but throb like chapped lips. Have taken 2 gm valtrex, (valacyclovir) no relief. Have picture.

Patience!: You are probably suffering a common lesion of the lips.
For the time being, you should use over the counter balm with anesthesia, for relief of pain. After five days, if no improvement, consult your doctor (dentist). ...Read more

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How do I know when my cold sore is gone? I get swollen lower lip, no blister or sore. Swab tested HSV1 +ve. Mostly healed, very dry and chapped lips

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Chapped lips + HSV1: Also called cheilitis is a common, treatable and preventable condition. Stay hydrated, apply lubricant, do not lick your lips and use your nose for breathing. No other treatment is necessary.
There no cure for HSV1 infection and often stress is an aggravating factor. Cold sores generally clear up without treatment within 10-14 days. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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My lips are dry and cracking I can't seem to use chap stick lip gloss or even vasoline because ill get a cold sore every time. Anything else I can try?

My lips are dry and cracking I can't seem to use chap stick lip gloss or even vasoline because ill get a cold sore every time. Anything else I can try?

Try this...: Take a topical antiviral ointment like zovirax, denavir, (penciclovir) or viractin and use it in combination with a lip balm or petroleum coating. You could even use abreva. These ointments have petroleum bases which will help lubricate your cracked lips and provide antiviral protection. Make sure you discuss with your dentist why you keep getting cold sores when applying these agents. ...Read more

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What can be done to cure dry lips from cold sore?

What can be done to cure dry lips from cold sore?

Some suggestions.: Try addressing the underlying issues. 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). ...Read more

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Can you get a cold sore on your lips after they are sun burnt?

Absolutely!: Lip cold sores are usually caused by a recurrence of a herpes type1 virus, that lies dormant in your system until there is a stress. Lip sunburn is the perfect stress to bring back the herpes sores. You probably contracted the virus as a child. It stays in your body, "asleep", until at times of stress - fever, emotional upset, sunburn, etc - it causes new sores. These usually resolve in 10-14 days. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you sucked in helium can you get a cold sore on your lips and etc.?

Yes but...: A cold sore is caused by a virus and therefore, sucking on helium will not cause a cold sore. You can get a cold sore on your lips as an independent occurrence simultaneously. ...Read more

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How do I stop cold sore on my lips fom growing? I just noticed it last night. Any home remedies? Thanks

How do I stop cold sore on my lips fom growing? I just noticed it last night. Any home remedies? Thanks

Forget it: No home remedies work for this. None of the creams are worth the money. Prescription pills are very effective but only if taken at the prodrome. Best is valacyclovir 2 grams at once when the first tingling warns of an impending attack. May still help if taken at first appearance of the sore. After the first 12-24 hours it does not matter what you do. Protect from sun (uv) and control of fever redu. ...Read more

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Was given a huge kiss on the lips and I realised my bf had a massive cold sore what are the chances i'll get one?

That depends: An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. ...Read more

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It feels like I am about to constantly get a cold sore on my lips but I don't get one do you know what the cause of this could be?

Herpes: Herpes infections are what cause cold sores. Typically HSV Type 1. Very common, majority of population has been exposed to this virus. However, it's possible that the virus is being activated (the symptoms you describe) but not to the point of actually causing a break in the skin. Try increasing sleep as viral infections tend to be aggravated by stress. Best of luck ...Read more

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How to prevent a cold sore on lip?

How to prevent a cold sore on lip?

Do not get exposed: Once that you get exposed and have a cold sore, it would be recurrent. Now, there are some people that are resistant to this kind of virus. ...Read more

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What if you pop a cold sore on your lip?

Secondary infection: Popping any sore on any part of your body is never a good idea, due to the ever present risk of acquiring a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What do you do for a cold sore on my lip?

Cold sores: Your physician can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir).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 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. ...Read more

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I have a bump on my lip. Is it a cold sore or could it be something else?

I have a bump on my lip. Is it a cold sore or could it be something else?

Maybe not: 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).
An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. ...Read more

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I have this strange bump on my lip, it's not a cold sore so what could it be?

Possibly a mucocele: This may be a mucocele but it would be best to have an otolaryngologist check your lip. You need an exact diagnosis and need to be sure that this is benign. ...Read more

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How can I make lips heal after a cold sore?

Healing: 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. ...Read more

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Is there anything that might resemble a cold sore on or around the lips?

Yes, several things: This depends partly on "resemble". Pimples, small sebaceous cysts, bacterial or fungal infections, angular cheilitis and others all could be confused with herpes. But if you're having repeated clusters of 2+ lesions that over 2-5 days go from bumps to blisters then pimples then open sores or scabs, it's herpes. Canker sores (inside the lips, in the mouth) aren't cold sores and not herpes. ...Read more

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If I took a sip from my friends straw could I get a cold sore from that? I don't think she has anything there was nothing on her lips or anything

If I took a sip from my friends straw could I get a cold sore from that? I don't think she has anything there was nothing on her lips or anything

If you friend does: Not ever get cold sores then you won't get cold sores from her straw. If she is one of the folks that gets cold sores- it is less likely to be contracted if there is no lesion. ...Read more

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Ok I have big cold sore on my bottom lips and it has only been four days since is appeared. I've been applying carmax on it religusly. White color nor?

Ok I have big cold sore on my bottom lips and it has only been four days since is appeared. I've been applying carmax on it religusly. White color nor?

Stay the course: Sores on the lips, the border of the mouth, and inside the mouth will turn white on the edges. The tissue lining the edge will eventually slough off. Do not pick or pull at the edges to hurry it along. You are doing well to keep it protected. Avoid hot liquids or spicy foods. This too will pass. ...Read more

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How can you treat cold sore on lip?

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). ...Read more

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What to do when a cold sore makes ur lip swell?

What to do when a cold sore makes ur lip swell?

1. Apply Ice.: Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). 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 that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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What should I do to make a cold sore on lip go away?

Apply ice: 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). ...Read more

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Is it normal for your lip to swell when you get a cold sore?

Is it normal for your lip to swell when you get a cold sore?

Cold sore: Yes, it is. A cold sore is an open wound and as such the surrounding tissues will swell in an effort to help it heal. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a cold sore causes your lip to swell?

Sometimes: Ice can help. 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). ...Read more

Chapped Lips (Definition)

Chapped lips is a common medical finding in patients whose lips have lost their natural moisture. The most common causes include dehydration, dry environment, ...Read more