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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes simplex is also known as Herpes. Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 ...Read more


Dr. Randy Baker
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Have a canker sore or cold sore won't go away I'm scared and my vagina burns and I deal with depression and kinda in a bad place right now ?

Have a canker sore or cold sore won't go away I'm scared and my vagina burns and I deal with depression and kinda in a bad place right now 

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Multiple issues: Cold sores are on the external lips & respond well to topical lemon balm oil whereas canker sores are on tongue,gums or inner mouth & respond to licorice lozenges.There are many causes of vaginitis but it's readily treated-see a doc for diagnosis/treatment. While meds can help depression, exercise, counseling & supplements can help too. Vitamin/mineral deficiencies & hypothyroidism can contribute. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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My cold sore went away a week ago and It left 3 small pinkish bumps that won't go away. What should I do?

My cold sore went away a week ago and It left 3 small pinkish bumps that won't go away. What should I do?

Nothing: Give it some time. None of the creams are as effective as prescription valacyclovir or Acyclovir pills taken at the very onset (prodrome) of the next attack. Get your prescription now so you will be prepared to take (usually 2 Grams) at the first tingling next attack. It is very safe. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Riordan
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I'm on valrex. There is a huge, cold sore and i'm putting oitment on it constantly, but the swelling won't go away! any other ideas?

Possible infection: Cold sores can become infected with bacteria although they are initially caused by a virus. When that happens they are worse than usual and resistent to usual therapy. You could try antibiotic ointment but i would recommend seeing your doctor for a culture of the sore and appropriate antibiotics if things continue since rarely a fungus can be involved. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Hello. How common is Oral herpes ( Cold sore ) ? I know it don't go away. Is it dangerous? I have had it since childhood. I get it when its cold.

Hello. How common is Oral herpes ( Cold sore ) ? I know it don't go away. Is it dangerous? I have had it since childhood. I get it when its cold.

Herpes Type One: Herpes simplex is usually found in 75% of the humans in the Western World. It may vary by a point or two depending on the country. Most people get them from family members during childhood. ...Read more

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Needle tip sized bubbles all over my top lip. (not cold sores) they don't go away with cold sore methods. Sometimes itchy! have now 3 wks+ any ideas?

Needle tip sized bubbles all over my top lip. (not cold sores) they don't go away with cold sore methods. Sometimes itchy! have now 3 wks+ any ideas?

HIVES: Hives are the physical sign of an allergy. The allergy you are describing has to be from something you touched or ate that got on the lips. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
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How do I make a cold sore go away overnight?

How do I make a cold sore go away overnight?

Difficult: There is no overnight cure for cold sores. You can reduce the length of outbreak by early use of prescription antiviral medications as well as topical creams. Discuss treatment / prevention options with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Gordon
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Is it possible to make a cold sore go away over night?

Is it possible to make a cold sore go away over night?

Possible, but rare: Very unlikely. If you see a dentist at the very earliest signs of a cold sore developing (the itch or tingle stage) and your dentist treats it with a soft tissue laser (without actually touching it) and treats it with activated oxygen (ozone) and had you apply ozonated olive oil, it will go away much faster, but probably not overnight. ...Read more

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How long do a cold sore take to go away?

How long do a cold sore take to go away?

Varies: It can go away very quickly if treated appropriately, however if it's picked at too much it can leave irritation that may stick around for 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How long is it supposed to it take for a cold sore to go away?

Cold sore: Most often 7 to 10 days, as little as 4 days sometimes. Shorter time course with appropriate medications. ...Read more

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Cold Sore (Definition)

A cold sore is a sore that develops on lips. It is caused by infection with one ...Read more


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