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Do cracked lips later turn into a cold sore?

Do cracked lips later turn into a cold sore?

Depends.: Cracked lips alone probably would not turn into a cold sore. However if the cracked lip is the result of a sun burn, then this would likely trigger a cold sore. ...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 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 ...Read more


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I have a cold sore on my lip can I use Zovirax (acyclovir) ? But the cold sore has a crack. Please help!!

I have a cold sore on my lip can I use Zovirax (acyclovir) ? But the cold sore has a crack.
Please help!!

Yes you can: Zovirax (acyclovir) is effective. Acyclovir pills may be more effective and less irritating to your already cracked lip. Avoid touching or licking your lip. ...Read more

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I don't think I've ever had a cold sore, however due to the cold weather my lips have cracked and I have a sore area towards the corner of my mouth on the top of the bottom lip which isn't visible when my mouth is shut! It only hurts when I touch it, howe

I don't think I've ever had a cold sore, however due to the cold weather my lips have cracked and I have a sore area towards the corner of my mouth on the top of the bottom lip which isn't visible when my mouth is shut! It only hurts when I touch it, howe

Angular cheilitis: You probably have angular cheilitis. You could apply petroleum jelly or aquaphor to this and your lips frequently. If no improvement consider a topical antifungal like miconazole or even a topical antibiotic since it might be secondarily infected by either yeast or bacteria. ...Read more

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How to prevent a cold sore on lip?

How to prevent a cold sore on lip?

Do not get exposed: Once that you get exposed and have a cold sore, it would be recurrent. Now, there are some people that are resistant to this kind of virus. ...Read more

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What if you pop a cold sore on your lip?

What if you pop a cold sore on your lip?

Secondary infection: Popping any sore on any part of your body is never a good idea, due to the ever present risk of acquiring a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What do you do for a cold sore on my lip?

What do you do for a cold sore on my lip?

Cold sores: Your physician 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 with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. ...Read more

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Would a lip piercing cause a cold sore?

An infection: Your lip piercing may be infected. Get it checked out medically. In the meantime – don’t smoke. Rinse your mouth before and after eating. Clean the piercings 2 to 3 times per day with the solution that was recommended by the piercer. Brush teeth at least twice a day with a soft brush. ...Read more

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Can a 2 yr old get a cold sore on her lip?

Can a 2 yr old get a cold sore on her lip?

Cold sore: Yes a two year old can get a cold sore on her lip as the herpes virus is highly contagious. ...Read more

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Can you get a cold sore by biting on your lip?

Can you get a cold sore by biting on your lip?

Herpes virus: Cold sore is caused by herpes virus which is transmissible by contact (usually kissing). Once you've been infected you always have the virus which can be reactivated by stress, sunburn, trauma, fatigue, underlying illness, having procedures such as laser or chemical peels. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore on my lip affect my unborn baby?

Can a cold sore on my lip affect my unborn baby?

Probably not...: Having a cold sore on you lip, typically a reactivation of your herpes simplex virus, type1. You already have the antibody to this virus. Generally, this should not be an issue. If, however, you have an overwhelming infection, it may affect your pregancy. Also, if you have lesions on the vaginal areas during birth, your doc may recommend c-section etc... Otherwise, baby should be ok. Good luck. ...Read more

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