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Doctor insights on: Cold Sore Outbreak Viral Infections

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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


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What leads to cold sore, herpes simplex virus?

What leads to cold sore, herpes simplex virus?

Yes: 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. 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). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior. ...Read more

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Can herpes cold sores cause a skin bacterial infection?

Can herpes cold sores cause a skin bacterial infection?

Viral infection: Cold sores are a viral infection (herpes simplex virus type 1). However, it is possible that a person could develop a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Cold sore = herpes simplex virus 1?

Cold sore = herpes simplex virus 1?

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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Can reoccuring herpes outbreak cause cold symptoms?

Can reoccuring herpes outbreak cause cold symptoms?

Yes: Yes. However its is very often the other way around. You get a cold, it lowers your immune system and then you get a cold sore. ...Read more

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Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Cold sores - HSV1: Yes - cold sores and fever blisters are the same thing and are most commonly caused by HSV-1. Rarely, HSV-2 can cause oral herpes given the increased practices of oral sex compared with decades ago (i.e. the 1950s). You will note STRESS causes these to come out (for example after a fever from another illness), so best to keep stress levels to an absolute minimum. These are infectious to others BTW ...Read more

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Can kissing spread viral tonsillitis?

Can kissing spread viral tonsillitis?

Yes: Any active viral illness may shed contagious particles in the saliva.Those causing tonsillitis are usually acquired through some chance contact with such material. ...Read more

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Cold sore scar is contagious?

Cold sores are: Reported to be contagious until the lesion actually heals over. ...Read more

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What type of herpes simplex virus causes cold sores?

What type of herpes simplex virus causes cold sores?

Type 1 more common: Cold sores on or near the lips are due to recurrence of herpes type 1 or 2. Herpes viruses, after the initial infection, live in a person's nerves and travel down the nerves to the surface to form blisters that break open, spreading more virus. Type 1 is more common on the lips, and type 2 more common on the genitals. With people engaging in oral sex, either type can be in one or both locations. ...Read more

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Could i spread the herpes simplex virus?

Could i spread the herpes simplex virus?

If you have herpes: Simplex 1 and 2 - it is possible to spread it. ...Read more

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Is viral infection contagious?

Is viral infection contagious?

Depends on the virus: But most spread from person to person by one route or another. ...Read more

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Could epstein barr virus cause mouth sores?

Could epstein barr virus cause mouth sores?

YES: Ebv , the virus responsible for mononucleosis, is also known to cause a condition called oral hairy leukoplakia--commonly found as an early symptom of HIV infection. Ebv is also responsible for several types of lymphoma and nasopharyngeal (nose/throat) carcinoma. Get checked early. Don't wait. ...Read more

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Canker sore like sores that are spreading fever swollen neck glands painful to eat, talk, swallow canker sore or cold sore virus? Help!

Canker sore like sores that are spreading
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swollen neck glands
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canker sore or cold sore virus? Help!

Cold sore virus: It could be herpangina or gingivostomatitis. Herpangina is often caused by the hand-foot-mouth virus (coxsackie virus) & can cause a lot of pain from sores at the back of the throat usually have a high-fever with this. Gingivostomatitis is most often caused by herpes type 1 virus, and these sores are more often around the lips and oral mucosa closer to your mouth. Strep is a possibility as well. ...Read more

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Is the cold sore virus the same as genital herpes virus?

Herpes simplex: There are two serological types of this virus. It was formerly felt that type1 produced oral and lip cold sores and that type2 produced genital herpes, but with oral sex so common both types can be found in both places. The virus is essentially the same, but the serotypes are different. There is also some difference in their capacity to produce central nervous system disease. ...Read more

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Can allergy shots prevent sore throats from cold dry weather? Also protect against throat infections?

Can allergy shots prevent sore throats from cold dry weather? Also protect against throat infections?

No: Allergy shots are meant to retrain your immune system not to over-react when exposed to an allergen that causes allergy symptoms such as pollens, dust mites, cat dander, etc.. When allergic reaction is reduced, inflammation of the airways, upper or lower, is reduced, and that indirectly would make you less prone to symptoms of sore throat, dryness or repeated colds, or airway hyper-responsiveness ...Read more

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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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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?

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?

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?

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

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Is it ok to kiss if you are having a herpes or cold sore outbreak?

HERPES SIMPLEX: Herpes simplex labiales is a viral infection that can be transmitted by kissing by direct contact with the virus. ...Read more

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So I might have had a small cold sore outbreak about a year ago, but I still have a scar from it. Is there anyway to get rid of the scar?

So I might have had a small cold sore outbreak about a year ago, but I still have a scar from it. Is there anyway to get rid of the scar?

Possible: If the scar is noticeable and you really want to get rid of it, then you should probably see a plastic surgeon or possibly a cosmetic dermatologist to see if intervention is possible. If the scar has been there a year, it is likely permanent so the options are concealers or surgical/laser treatments. Good luck. ...Read more

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Cold sore outbreak. What is the recommended dose of valrex?

2g twice a day: The usual dose of Valtrex (valacyclovir) isa 2 grams twice a day for one ...Read more

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Does one's first cold sore outbreak mean that the virus was contracted recently?

Cold sore: Not necessarily. You could have contracted the virus a long time ago, did not cause an infection but made its way to one of your nerve roots to hibernate. For some reason, it decided to come to the surface and cause the cold sore. ...Read more

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Is there anything dangerous with having sex (not oral) during a cold sore outbreak?

Is there anything dangerous  with having sex (not oral) during a cold sore outbreak?

Herpes transmission: Herpes (the virus that causes cold sores) can be transmitted from an infected person to an uninfected person, whether the sex is oral or other, and whether there is an active outbreak of cold sores visible or not. ...Read more

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When is hsv1 contagious? Just before and during a cold sore outbreak? Or are you contagious at anytime, even if you never develop a cold sore?

When is hsv1 contagious? Just before and during a cold sore outbreak?  Or are you contagious at anytime, even if you never develop a cold sore?

Any time: Most people who carry this virus do not know it. Either there are no symptoms or the symptoms have never been appreciated in a definitive way. The virus is known to be shed and cultured periodically in the absence of any symptoms. Although most contagious during acute attacks, there is less kissing if a sore is present, so most transmission takes place between attacks or is transmitted from infec ...Read more

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Had hsv1 since childhood however I never had a cold sore/outbreak. is it safe for me to get a chemical peel or would it trigger an outbreak?

Had hsv1 since childhood however I never had a cold sore/outbreak. is it safe for me to get a chemical peel or would it trigger an outbreak?

Probably safe but...: Many clinicians who do surgery on or near the face (ENT specialists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons) routinely treat their HSV1 infected patients with an anti-HSV drug like acyclovir or valacyclovir around the time of surgery to reduce the chance of reactivating the infection. The drugs are harmless, so why not? Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Suggestions for avoiding a cold sore outbreak?

HSV Suppressive RX: Unfortunately, many patients and many physicians, are unaware of both the risk of asymptomatic transmission of herpes and how effective suppressive treatment can be in preventing it. If you are living with herpes and have one or more uninfected sexual partners, consider discussing the possible advantages of daily suppressive therapy with your doctor. Take prescription Valtrex (valacyclovir) 500-1000mg daily. ...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 and 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 to the genitals, causing genital ...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