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Cold Sore (Overview)

A cold sore is a sore that develops on lips. It is caused by infection with one of the herpes viruses.


Dr. Lisa Roberts
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What sort of disease is a cold sore?

Dr. Lisa Roberts
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What sort of disease is a cold sore?

Oral herpes virus: Cold sores are caused by a very common type of herpes virus that causes infection around the mouth. Many people have been exposed to this virus by oral secretions from another individual (sharing cups or kissing are common modes of transmission). The virus may cause recurrent symptoms in some people. There is no current cure, but some treatments for this who expeience frequent outbreaks. ...Read more

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Cold Sore (Overview)

A cold sore is a sore that develops on lips. It is caused by infection with one of the herpes viruses.


Dr. Charles Lockhart
Board Certified, Dentistry
4 years in practice
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Bump on lip is grey-ish \u0026 have been there for almost 3wks, seemed to be going away at first, how long does cold sore last?

Dr. Charles Lockhart
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Bump on lip is grey-ish \u0026 have been there for almost 3wks, seemed to be going away at first, how long does cold sore last?

7-10 days: Cold sore is a virus that is stored in anyone who has had chicken pox. Usually resolves in 7-10 days. Recommend medical visit to diagnose lesion if no resolution. ...Read more

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Treating Cold Sores (Tip)

Treating Cold Sores

Use aluminum acetate to dry up cold sore, use OTC Abreva to shorten course, and try new Sitavig. ...See more

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Treating Cold Sores (Checklist)

See a dentist for a prescription as soon as it "tingles"
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Ask dentist about using a diode laser to help cold sore heal faster
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Don't touch it, kiss someone, or share eating utensils
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Dr. Marino Tavarez
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Iv had a sore throat, than a multi symptom cold than another sore throat and stuffy head for 2 days, now I feel it in my chest. All in a month,normal?

Dr. Marino Tavarez
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Iv had a sore throat, than a multi symptom cold than another sore throat and stuffy head for 2 days, now I feel it in my chest. All in a month,normal?

Viral URIs: Upper respiratory infections can last a week or more. If no fevers, reasonable to take cough/cold remedies for a few more days for comfort. If symptoms persist or worsen, it is reasonable to see your family doc for throat swab or chest X-ray. ...Read more

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Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
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What are the symptoms of a cold sore that is herpetic?

Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
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What are the symptoms of a cold sore that is herpetic?

Fever, pain, burning: Fever, tireness, muscle aches, pain, burning senstion, tingling, or itching at the site of the sore. ...Read more

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Treating Cold Sores (Tip)

Treating Cold Sores

Start your antivirals when you first feel a burning or tingling sensation —it can prevent outbreak. ...See more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Could you contract HSV if someone licked their fingers then fingered you? No sign of cold sore noticed on mouth, and how fast would you get symptoms?

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Could you contract HSV if someone licked their fingers then fingered you? No sign of cold sore noticed on mouth, and how fast would you get symptoms?

Extremely unlikely: In theory, such indirect exposure could result in transmission. But this happens very rarely, if ever. In busy STD clinics, everyone with genital herpes has had unprotected intercourse (vaginal, anal, or oral); we never see patients whose only exposure was hand-genital contact. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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I've just been recently diagnosed with the cold sore version of the Herpes virus. I have what feels like a swollen vein on the shaft of my penis?

Dr. Marvin Ott
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I've just been recently diagnosed with the cold sore version of the Herpes virus. I have what feels like a swollen vein on the shaft of my penis?

Unlikely: that they are related. The cold sore Herpes is a different virus than the genital version. I completely understand your concern, but the two are very unlikely to be related. If you start having blisters on your penis, see your doctor. I have included a picture of herpes for your convenience. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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I had a sore in genital and i did the culture test. It was(-)and the blood test hsv1(+)and hsv2(-)but i'm already have cold-sore. What dose that mean?

Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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I had a sore in genital and i did the culture test. It was(-)and the blood test hsv1(+)and hsv2(-)but i'm already have cold-sore. What dose that mean?

Herpes simplex: It means that the source of the genital ulcer is not clear. The negative culture makes it unlikely that it was due to hsv, and since you already have recurrences of cold sores you were previously infected with hsv-1. ...Read more

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