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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

What is a cold sore?

A virus infection

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Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by oral Herpes virus. They start as a slightly raised reddish area, then form a cluster of tiny blisters, which break open the next day, leaving a sore (ulcer) to heal up over a week. Sores appear more often when a child is under stress or is ill from another illness. Younger babies with Herpes should see a doctor when a sore appears.
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Dr. Bac X. Nguyen answered:

Do a cold sore pusses?

It can appear so..

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Small cold sores often appear with just slightly yellowish fluid (plasma-like) but larger ones can look like puss-filled lesion. The body white blood cells attack the virus, cause inflammation, fluid accumulation and thus appears as puss. These often resolves spontaneously. If it becomes larger and large with more redness/pain, it could secondary infection/boil. Consult doc. Good luck
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Is a cold sore heaper?

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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.
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What causes of cold sore?

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Cold sore = herpes....it has nothing to do with 'having a cold'. It's a common infection and can be transmitted whenever a sore is present and even when one is not.
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Cold sore on eye, or stye?

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Styes are on the rim of the lid , herpetic lesions are usually on the skin but without seeing it and because herpes can cause problems if it is in the eye Go See A Dctor.
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How can a cold sore start?

HSV- 1

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Cold sores are painful 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.
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How can I stop a cold sore?

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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. Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores.
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Dr. David Drewitz answered:

Will zinc stop a cold sore?

No...

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Zinc might help get rid of common cold/flu symptoms but has no beneficial effect in the treatment or prevention of a cold sore commonly caused by herpes simplex type 1.
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why do you get a cold sore?

Stress, exposures to

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some will get them from excessive exposure to sunlight, others to tomatoes, others to spicy foods. by far the major contributor appears to be stress.
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Dr. Gutti J. Rao answered:

can a baby get a cold sore?

Yes

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Babies also can get sores
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