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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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I'm confused I've gotten a cold sore but it looks like a dry skin spot red what stage is this and what happens now I have no symptoms I used abreva?

I'm confused I've gotten a cold sore but it looks like a dry skin spot red what stage is this and what happens now I have no symptoms I used abreva?

Two possibilities: Either it is not a cold sore but its something else. The second possibility is that the abreva prevented a cold sore from developing. Put vaseline or aquaphor on it for a week or two. If it does not go away see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dry, red skin over upper lip. Crusts over& drys out& flakes. Not a cold sore or impitego. Started out as chapped lips& has been there for 2 months?

Dry, red skin over upper lip. Crusts over& drys out& flakes. Not a cold sore or impitego. Started out as chapped lips& has been there for 2 months?

Get it looked at: You need someone to look at it to diagnose it. How do you know it isn't a cold sore, impetigo, or something else? Answer: have a physician look at it. ...Read more

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Will zilactin-l make an undeveloped cold sore look worse, before it makes it better? Cause im not sure if its a cold sore. I was peeling the skin off of my lips and that's what caused the sore. So if its not a cold sore I sure hate to dry it all out and ma

Will zilactin-l make an undeveloped cold sore look worse, before it makes it better? Cause im not sure if its a cold sore. I was peeling the skin off of my lips and that's what caused the sore. So if its not a cold sore I sure hate to dry it all out and ma

No: It won't. Herpes lesions follow a normal course of development and healing. Sometimes the lesion can be subdued, shortened, and suppressed. Zovirax ointment, Valtrex (valacyclovir) loading dose, or laser treatment at very first prodrome can all be successful at this. I have many "usual" recurring patients who come in at first sign and laser treatment does wonders! ...Read more

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29 female unexpected weight gain cold all the time. Red blotchy sore palms. Mass in neck. Fatigue. Dry skin...body aches. I'm very worried. Thanks?

29 female unexpected weight gain cold all the time. Red blotchy sore palms. Mass in neck. Fatigue. Dry skin...body aches. I'm very worried. Thanks?

See your doctor: You need to schedule an evaluation with your PCP. You describe many symptoms that are consistent with hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid. Your doctor can examine you and order the appropriate lab work as well as an ultrasound or CT scan of the neck to evaluate the neck mass. Don't delay seeking medical treatment. ...Read more

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Is it likley to give someone head while having a cold sore and them not getting anything? How soon should I have him get tested?

Is it likley to give someone head while having a cold sore and them not getting anything? How soon should I have him get tested?

Relax: The other person probably already has this virus. Most adults have it but only a few have symptoms. If he already has it, he will not get it from another person. Since the virus is sometimes present between attacks, most transmission occurs from a person having no sore at the time. People who carry the virus but do not know it account for the majority of infections to contacts. A blood test can de. ...Read more

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I have a "cold sore" that has my gland swollen and my head hurting?

I have a "cold sore" that has my gland swollen and my head hurting?

Please see your gyn: Or primary doc today as they can prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) or similar to help cure the cold sore as quickly as possible and make sure there is no secondary or other infection or issues. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat the red irritated skin from a cold sore?

Time: You have to wait 10-14 days for the infection to heal. ...Read more

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I picked a scab off my cold sore and now the skin is pink what do I do?

I picked a scab off my cold sore and now the skin is pink what do I do?

Nothing: The area below a sore is somewhat raw, hence the color.
Clean area well. Not to worry. ...Read more

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My baby is 4months old and he has white paches on his neck some times they becom red and sticky look bit sore but when they dry skin look like burnt?

My baby is 4months old and he has white paches on his neck some times they becom red and sticky look bit sore but when they dry skin look like burnt?

Skin infection?: It could be a bacterial infection such as staph or a fungal (yeast) infection. The bacterial infection is treated with antibiotics and fungal infections are treated with an antifungal. However, bottom line...Your baby should be examined by a physician to actually address the problem. It is hard to give you a definite answer without seeing the baby. ...Read more

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What to do if it pains all the time and even more so when I touch/pull the skin around it. It's also a little larger than an average cold sore. How do I get rid of it?

What to do if it pains all the time and even more so when I touch/pull the skin around it. It's also a little larger than an average cold sore. How do I get rid of it?

Herpetic lesion?: 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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Had a sore on my ankles won't heal Doctor said I just had dry skin leaks fluid?

Had a sore on my ankles won't heal Doctor said I just had dry skin leaks fluid?

There are so many: Potential diagnoses for an unhealing ankle sore that it can not be narrowed down on the internet. You need a thorough examination, history and blood work. Go and see a different health care provider or a vascular or infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Can kisses during a cold sore lead to a skin infection?

Can kisses during a cold sore lead to a skin infection?

Agree with Dr. Lazo: However, you can transmit the virus even when there is no cold sore present. ...Read more

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Can you reactivate a cold sore by using lipstick, on the 11th day of the healing process where the skin was already flaking?

Can you reactivate a cold sore by using lipstick, on the 11th day of the healing process where the skin was already flaking?

No: Oral herpes outbreaks generally do not recur so soon; few people have more than 3-4 outbreaks a year, usually fewer. Lipstick is not likely to reactivate an outbreak. ...Read more

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