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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Overview)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital herpes through oral sex.


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What are the signs and symptoms of a cold sore or herpes?

What are the signs and symptoms of a cold sore or herpes?

Sxs: What are the symptoms? Cold sores can cause pain of lip/ mouth with blisters. They may be accompanied by fever, swollen glands & sore throat. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,014 doctors shared insights

Cold Sore (Overview)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital herpes through oral sex.


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Is there a lab test that can be done to determine if I have hsv type 1 ? The sore is gone, but the Dr. Who told me was a cold sore, seemed unsure.

HSV1 blood test: Yes, a blood test can tell if you are infected with HSV1, the usual cause of oral herpes (cold sores). Alternatively, you can wait and see if you have another outbreak, and the sore can be tested for the virus. If you google "cold sore" or "oral herpes", you can find photos of typical outbreaks to help determine if that's what you have. ...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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What's effective treatment for cold sore?

What's effective treatment for cold sore?

Pills: Valacyclovir is usual. Acyclovir cheaper but may be more difficult to use and less effective. For occasional episodes of recurrent herpes 2 gram [2 pills] taken immediately, preferably at first tingling prodrome, will ameliorate or even abort an attack. For frequent attacks we use 500mg valacyclovir daily to prevent attacks Various creams are available but not worth discussion because of meagre re ...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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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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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