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What can you do to prevent cold sores HSV 1 cold sore treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?

What can you do to prevent cold sores HSV 1 cold sore treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?

Reduce stress: Cold sores are from a virus that is permanently in your "system" and comes out when you're stressed, lack of sleep, minor trauma, lowered resistance, etc. Once you've got one, you'll always have it. Often treated by a dentist using s soft tissue laser (without actually touching the sore) & makes them heal faster. See your md if medical issues exist. ...Read more

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


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How are blisters and cold sores different?

Same: If you are referring to "fever blisters" and "cold sores" they are different names for the same thing, caused by virus (herpes). ...Read more

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How are cold sores and herpes different?

Terminology: Cold sores are caused by one of the human herpes virus subtypes hsv 1 or 2. ...Read more

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How can cold sores and mouth ulcers be cured?

How can cold sores and mouth ulcers be cured?

They can't be cured: Both are caused by a virus that lives on nerves and are self limiting to about 14 days. There are treatments to shorten the duration of the outbreaks and limit the pain, but certain stimuli will cause these outbreaks to reoccur from time to time. ...Read more

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What is cold sores and it's causses and treatments..

What is cold sores and it's causses and treatments..

Shallow mucosal ulce: The are shallow mucosal ulcers that initially can start as blisters. It is usual ly caused herpes virus and antiherpes topicals reduce symptoms and duration of ulcers. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores and fever blisters in the mouth and lips?

What causes cold sores and fever blisters in the mouth and lips?

Virus: Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus and is a very common infection to get. It is estimated that 90+% of population has been exposed to this virus in childhood. Usually it is triggered by stress, lack of sleep, excess sunlight etc.. Sometimes people get them recurrently or once in awhile or sometimes once then never again. It depends but can be treated by Acyclovir and related drugs too. ...Read more

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Are cold sores and fever blisters the same thing?

Are cold sores and fever blisters the same thing?

Yes: Cold sores and fever blisters are terms people use to describe a viral infection which usually affects the lips. The most common cause is by the hsv1 virus. They can be treated with anti-viral medications. An episode typically lasts about 10-15 days. ...Read more

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Which is better Valtrex (valacyclovir) and or zovirax for cold sores?

Which is better Valtrex (valacyclovir) and or zovirax for cold sores?

Both work well!: Everyone responds differently to different anti-viral medications! i usually start by prescribing zovirax (acyclovir) and see how a person responds! i often have the patient take 5 capsules a day and also have them apply the ointment to the lesion topically! if that doesn't help, we'll try valtrex! ...Read more

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Cold sore) what are the reazons to get cold sores?

Cold sore)  what are the reazons to get cold sores?

?: I am assuming that when you say reasons you mean causes.Cold sores are caused by certain strains of the herpes simplex virus (hsv). You get the first episode of herpes infection from another person who has an active lesion. Shared eating utensils, razors and towels, as well as kissing, may spread hsv-1. Oral sex can spread hsv-1 to the genitals and hsv-2 to the lips. Hope this helped :]. ...Read more

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What germs can cause cold sores and fever blisters in the mouth and throat?

What germs can cause cold sores and fever blisters in the mouth and throat?

A virus: One cause is the herpes cold virus, and is called acute herpetic gingivostomatitis. Another is caused by the enterovirus, and is called hand, foot and mouth disease. Check with your physician or dentist. ...Read more

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Do cold sores on the mouth also cause genital herpes?

Possible: Cold sore is cause by hsv i while genital herpes is usually caused by hsv ii. Could a cold sore cause genital herpes? It would be possible if the sore is actively shedding virus during oral sex. With cold sore, avoid contact until the lesion is healed over. ...Read more

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How can you cure cold sores and mouth ulcers? Is there a rinse?

How can you cure cold sores and mouth ulcers? Is there a rinse?

No cure- it's herpes: More than likely it's caused by a herpes outbreak (hsv-1 typically). Drinking acidic fluids can make the situation worse; with poor dental hygiene, the burden of bacteria will allow the ulcers to fester. In certain instances, medications such as acyclivro can help. Otherwise, the burden of oral bacterial can be tamed by the use of either listerine or a warm salt water gargle for 1min, 3 times daily. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores and fever blisters in the mouth and throat of children?

What causes cold sores and fever blisters in the mouth and throat of children?

Herpes virus: Herpetic stomatitis is a contagious viral illness caused by herpes virus hominis (also herpes simplex virus, hsv). It is seen mainly in young children. This condition is probably a child's first exposure to the herpes virus. The sores occur in the mouth and throat. ...Read more

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What's effective treatment for cold sore?

What's effective treatment for cold sore?

Pills: Valacyclovir is usual. Acyclovir cheaper but may be more difficult to use and less effective. For occasional episodes of recurrent herpes 2 gram [2 pills] taken immediately, preferably at first tingling prodrome, will ameliorate or even abort an attack. For frequent attacks we use 500mg valacyclovir daily to prevent attacks Various creams are available but not worth discussion because of meagre re ...Read more

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Difference between canker sores and cold sores?

Difference between canker sores and cold sores?

Vrus vs. environment: A canker sore or aphthous ulcer usually is caused by stress to movable tissue areas and has a white center surrounded by a reddish area.. The stress could be from food allergy or caused by trauma. A cold sore is caused by the herpes simplex virus and occurs around the lips and could infect the throat and can affect gum tissue as well. ...Read more

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Can abreva work on cold sores?

Can abreva work on cold sores?

Yes,: There is no cure for cold sores. However, some medications may relieve pain and soften HSV crusts on the skin. Abreva is one of them. ...Read more

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