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What does it mean when your cold sore leaks?

What does it mean when your cold sore leaks?

As the fluid: Oozes out it contains an enormous # of herpes simplex 1 viruses - you are highly contagious. ...Read more

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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Do you think I should go to school with a leaking cold sore?

Do you think I should go to school with a leaking cold sore?

Prevent spread: Wash hands frequently and well. Avoid touching the cold sore. If you have cold sore blisters it is best not to share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss in order to prevent spreading the infection to someone else. ...Read more

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I recently got a bad cold sore my upper lip that is completely swollen and hasn't stop leaking for 2 days. Should I still go to school?

I recently got a bad cold sore my upper lip that is completely swollen and hasn't stop leaking for 2 days. Should I still go to school?

Yes But: Do not play with it or it will get bigger. 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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Cold sore just forming by my nostril (no leaking blisters) and someone kissed me briefly. Lip may have come close to it. How high is his risk of inf?

Cold sore just forming by my nostril (no leaking blisters) and someone kissed me briefly. Lip may have come close to it. How high is his risk of inf?

Low but possible: The risk is low but it's still possible since you can't be sure no fluid got in contact with the uninfected person. ...Read more

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What is a cold sore?

What is a cold sore?

"fever blister": Cold sores are little blisters that form on the lips or mouth. They are caused by a herpes simplex virus. The blisters often break open and leak a clear fluid, then scab over after a few days. ...Read more

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Is a cold sore heaper?

Cold sores: 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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Do a cold sore pusses?

Do a cold sore pusses?

It can appear so..: 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. ...Read more

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First cold sore, what to do?

First cold sore, what to do?

Cold sore: Your physician can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. 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. ...Read more

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What is similar to a cold sore?

What is similar to a cold sore?

Similar in what way?: As a viral entity, recurrent hsv is similar to shingles-the recurrent form of chicken pox virus. As an inflammatory lesion, it can be confused with recurrent aphthous ulcers or angular chilitis. As an unknown/undiagnosed lesion, it can mimic a pre- or cancerous lesion in some stages, or even simple trauma. Definitive diagnosis can be made with accurate history, clinical presentation and biopsy. ...Read more

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What should I do for a cold sore?

OTC: There are treatments like abreva that are over the counter and work well. If you get them all the time you may want to ask your md for an rx for acyclovir. That said they heal by themselves in 7-10 days. ...Read more

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What happens if u pop a cold sore?

What happens if u pop a cold sore?

You will release: A huge # of herpes simplex type 1 viruses - yes, contagious! ...Read more

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What are the stages of a cold sore?

What are the stages of a cold sore?

3 stages: Stage 1 the virus enters the shin thru a small break or abrasion in the skin and a sore may develope.
Stage 2 the vius moves into your nerve tissue.
Stage 3 the virus awakens due to stress and causes new sore or symptoms. ...Read more

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Would if be okay to pop a cold sore?

Best to leave intact: 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 could be causing a repetitive cold sore?

What could be causing a repetitive cold sore?

Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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What should I put on a cold sore that is popped?

What should I put on a cold sore that is popped?

3 things: The herpetic lesion lasts7-14 days no matter what.
If it is unsightly you can get special little band aids to cover.
You can use an rx antiviral creme to lessen time and severity.
Lastly. Otc cremes can be used which are mostly palliative. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore, what to do?

Your doctor can: Prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). 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. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a cold sore?

Some options: 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. Your physician can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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What triggers cold sore breakouts?

Stress: Any type of stress. Emotional, physical etc.
Physical stress includes hormonal, sleep deprivation, immune diseases, medications, and many more. Too much sun!
discuss this w your dr. So the causes can be determined and addressed! ...Read more

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I have a cold sore what should I do?

Cold Sore: Cold sores are caused by a virus. It will heal itself in 7-10 days. Alternatively you may use an otc med like abreva which will shorten the time if it is on your lip or see your dentist or md for an rx for zovirax ointment ($$$) again for the lip. If it is intra-oral zovirax (acyclovir) is available in pill form. ...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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Could a cold sore or herpes be contracted from objects?

Yes: If you share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss someone with a cold sore and you were not previously exposed ot the herpes simplex type 1 virus, you can become infected. You may or may not develop cold sores in the situation - depending on your immune system. ...Read more

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This doesn't feel to be a bump, it's just kind of there. Is this a cold sore?

I do not know what: The cause of your lesion is. A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It breaks open ; releases fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex type 1 virus. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a cold sore?

Antiviral meds: Most cold sores are a type of herpes (not the same type usually that causes genital lesions) and if caught early (ie when the area starts to tingle or burn) can be suppressed with an antiviral medication like Famvir (famciclovir) or acyclovir. If you can't get a script for one of these meds, try applying ice to the area 4-5 times a day as this will inhibit viral replication and speed healing. ...Read more

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How get rid of cold sore fast?

How get rid of cold sore fast?

Options - not fast: 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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How do I get rid of a cold sore?

How do I get rid of a cold sore?

Oral antiviral.: The only effective treatments for cold sores are the oral antivirals, such as Valtrex (valacyclovir) and famvir. Topical cold sore treatments, no matter what you've heard or read, have little or no effect. Treatment can be intermittent or continuous, depending on location and frequency of episodes. Your doctor or a dermatologist can determine what you need and write the prescription. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a cold sore?

Oral antiviral.: The only effective treatments for cold sores are the oral antivirals, such as Valtrex (valacyclovir) and famvir. Topical cold sore treatments, no matter what you've heard or read, have little or no effect. Treatment can be intermittent or continuous, depending on location and frequency of episodes. Your doctor or a dermatologist can determine what you need and write the prescription. ...Read more

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Can you get a cold sore on finger?

Herpetic whitlow: It's possible to develop herpes simplex virus lesion on a finger or thumb. ...Read more

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How to get rid of this cold sore!?

Cold sore: 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) or another antiviral medication. Laser treatments are also used to tx cold sores. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of a cold sore?

Viral Infection: It is called herpes labiales simplex. It dries up withthe application of kenalog (triamcinolone) in orabase. Some use the newer antifungal cream. ...Read more

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How to get rid of cold sore quickly?

Not quickly: 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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How to get rid of a cold sore quick?

Not fast: 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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Will using abreva cause a cold sore?

Will using abreva cause a cold sore?

Don't use any one: Else's medications. New abreva should not cause a cold sore but hopefully will help it. ...Read more

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Is pus coming out of cold sore okay?

Pus?: Cold sores will drain fluid, sometimes purulent. Normally they will form a dry scab after a few days and heal after 5 to 10 days. Topicals are not worth discussion. Valacyclovir 2Grams at prodrome [initial tingling before the blister] will modify the attack, sometimes abort it. Oral acyclovir will also work but may require much larger dose. ...Read more

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Can you get a cold sore on your gums?

Definitely, yes: Canker sore is the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (the cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. Cold sores typically result from a viral infection called herpes simplex virus (HSV) and are also self-limiting. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a cold sore fast?

Your doctor can: Prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). 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. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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Easiest way to get rid of a cold sore?

Use antiviral: The use of antiviral topical like zoviras or abreva can reduce the duration of cold sores. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore start out as a pimple?

Can a cold sore start out as a pimple?

Cold Sores: Cold sores can erupt spontaneously and after minor trauma, so yes a pimple could lead to a cold sore. Pimples are causes by bacteria, and cold sores are caused by a virus, so they are two different processes happening one after the other. ...Read more