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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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.


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What sort of disease is a cold sore?

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
994 doctors shared insights

Cold Sore (Overview)

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


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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?

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 a Cold (Checklist)

Eat or drink foods and beverages high in vitamin C
Daily
Boost immunity with multivitamins taken in the proper dose
Daily
Drink plenty of fluids
Daily
Get at least eight hours of sleep every night
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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?

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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What are the symptoms of a cold sore that is herpetic?

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

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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
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Drink warm or cold fluids, whatever feels better
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Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms
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Avoid spicy or acidic foods
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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?

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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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?

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