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Just healed from a cold sore outbreak. Can I boil my toothbrush, camelback bottle, etc., or do I have to replace them? Read I could re infect myself.

Just healed from a cold sore outbreak. Can I boil my toothbrush, camelback bottle, etc., or do I have to replace them? Read I could re infect myself.

Herpes simplex: Once you are infected with this virus it remains with you for a lifetime, and in some persons will reactivate and produce lesions. It is not reinfection and you do not have to worry about boiling your toothbrush or anything else. ...Read more

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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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What can I do for a really bad first cold sore outbreak?

What can I do for a really bad first cold sore outbreak?

Eat Yogurt: Herpes simplex virus is when you get little cold sores on the outside of your mouth or the tip of your nose. Try not to touch the cold sore, you could spred it to other parts of your face or eyes. Steep a tea bag then cool it- apply to cold sore to releive pain. Lysine, 3, 000 milligrams daily until the sore goes away. Or eat yogurt which is rich in lysine. You can buy lip clear which has lysine. ...Read more

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Is kissing safe after a cold sore outbreak?

Is kissing safe after a cold sore outbreak?

Lets wait: You have a herpetic viral sore. Not usually fatal but wait a week after sore is gone so you dont share it with your loved ones. ...Read more

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What can be done for my serious cold-sore outbreak?

What can be done for my serious cold-sore outbreak?

Cold sore: Most cold sores are infections by viruses. There are many medicines that can help. ...Read more

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How do u get rid of cold sore outbreak?

How do u get rid of cold sore outbreak?

Get to it fast!: Cold sores are caused by herpes viruses . The sooner they are treated, the better. When you first feel that little tingle that announces a future outbreak is the time to start the medication. Try abreva or campho-phenique. Consult your doc if you need something stronger or if accompanied by pain in the throat with swallowing. ...Read more

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How can I relieve a cold sore outbreak?

How can I relieve a cold sore outbreak?

COLD SORE: By being prepared not to kiss somebody with cold sore or having the medication in case you get the infection, . ...Read more

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What is a good way to reduce / eliminate cold sore outbreak and recurrance?

What is a good way to reduce / eliminate cold sore outbreak and recurrance?

Lower stress: Not an easy answer but usually stress is a major culprit. Try vit b complex, some studies show that stress will deplete your body of vit b rapidly. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i'm having a cold sore outbreak?

Cold sore: For people who do develop signs and symptoms, a cold sore usually passes through several stages, which include: tingling and itching. Many people feel an itching, burning or tingling sensation around their lips for a day or two before cold sore blisters erupt. Blisters. Small fluid-filled blisters typically break out along the border where the outside edge of the lips meets the skin of the face. ...Read more

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What should I do if I kissed somone with a cold sore outbreak?

What should  I do if I kissed somone with a cold sore outbreak?

Herpes Labiales: Advise that someone to get rx if contaminated due to exposure to you. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a cold sore outbreak? I think I may be getting one :(

Abreva: This is an over-the-counter cream that you start using as soon as you feel the outbreak coming on. It is supposed to interrupt the viruses attachment to cells and thus prevent the outbreak. If that doesn't work after 24 hours then go to an urgent care or your doctor for the prescription pills to stop the outbreak. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Viral Infections (Definition)

Viral infections are common causes of illness. Severity of viral infections can range from minor colds ...Read more