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Can you get fever blisters or cold sores in your arm pit?

Can you get fever blisters or cold sores in your arm pit?

Yes: Yes you can though rare. It depends on the site of the initial herpes infection.

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 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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Can u get cold sores on yr arms & back ofhands?

Yes: You could get cold sores any place on your body if someone kisses you while they have an active cold sore.

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I have a spot in my arm that has red irritated skin with small fluid filled bumps. I have cold sores and am wondering if it could be related to that.?

I have a spot in my arm that has red irritated skin with small fluid filled bumps. I have cold sores and am wondering if it could be related to that.?

Possibly: Related. If you are suspecting a herpes infection, which is whst cold sores are, it would be helpful to see your Doctor to culture that fluid for a definitive diagnosis.

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Can herpes appear other places than lips mouth eyes and genitals? I get cold sores on my lips often but now I have had breakout on hands arms back

Can herpes appear other places than lips mouth eyes and genitals? I get cold sores on my lips often but now I have had breakout on hands arms back

Yes: Herpes can appear throughout the body. Common infection of the skin or mucosa may affect the face and mouth (orofacial herpes), genitalia (genital herpes), hands (herpetic whitlow), eye (herpes keratitis) and even brain (herpes encephalitis). Please consult your physician to make sure that you do not have a spread of herpatic infection.

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I've had cold sores once per year for years but now have herpes once a month on different parts of my skin like elbow, knee. Why? I don't play sports

I've had cold sores once per year for years but now have herpes once a month on different parts of my skin like elbow, knee. Why? I don't play sports

This is something: I think would be better handled by your primary doctor. If they feel it's herpes outbreak monthly or more frequently:you could be prescribed medication. This medince could be taken daily to supress frequent outbreaks.

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I have herpes lesions on right side chest, arm pit, and back. Never a cold sore. What type of herpes is this?

I have herpes lesions on right side chest, arm pit, and back. Never a cold sore. What type of herpes is this?

Herpes zoster: Your chosen topic tags show you already know about herpes zoster (shingles). Almost certainly that's what you have. I hope you are on treatment with valacyclovir or similar drug, sometimes accompanied by prednisone or other steroid drug.

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My Cousin has a cold sore soon after he touched it he touched my arm. He touched my arm for 3-4 seconds. Could I catch the virus like that I had no cuts?

My Cousin has a cold sore soon after he touched it he touched my arm. He touched my arm for 3-4 seconds. Could I catch the virus like that I had no cuts?

Unlikely: Herpes is highly transmittable, but that brief a contact is unlikely to cause infection unless there was an open sore and a break in your skin surface. You should be fine, just be on the lookout for an out reak in the local area for up to a month

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I was using arm&hammer advance white toothpaste &now I think have a cold sore on the corner of my mouth and maybe a pimple on my lip? How do I fix it?

I was using arm&hammer advance white toothpaste &now I think have a cold sore on the corner of my mouth and maybe a pimple on my lip? How do I fix it?

Toothpaste?: Could be from toothpaste but is unusual. Do you think you might have been exposed to herpes simplex virus. Kissed a boy with a cold sore recently? Or do you have history of cold sores. Dr can prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) or you can buy abreva lip sore treatment over the counter. Don't squeeze pimple or anything on lips, since that will create greater infection.

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Are the bumps on my elbow related to my cold sore?

Are the bumps on my elbow related to my cold sore?

Probably not: You would need an exam to determine the best possible diagnosis for any "bumps" on your elbow, but generally speaking, elbow lesions are not usually associated with cold sores. Best wishes.

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5 yr old son has an itchy bumpy rash, for lack of a better word, on his elbow. It doesn't look very red but bumpy almost like a cold sore. Have pic?

5 yr old son has an itchy bumpy rash, for lack of a better word, on his elbow. It doesn't look very red but bumpy almost like a cold sore. Have pic?

Eczema possibly: The elbow is a common spot for eczema to flare up. If there is a history of eczema, allergies or asthma it increases chance of it being eczema. If there is no concern that it is infected a trial of a low dose over the counter steroid could be tried to see it improves. A follow up with regular provider to go over response to treatment would allow for long term treatment plan.

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I shot ice day before yesterday in forearm & foot now it's swollen, red, and has fever. I've been in bed with a cold& sore throat ever since. Any sugges?

I shot ice day before yesterday in forearm & foot now it's swollen, red, and has fever. I've been in bed with a cold& sore throat ever since. Any sugges?

See a doctor: This has me concerned – I think you have a infection from where you injected those drugs. This can progress, including infection of the bloodstream, with organ dysfunction and possibly death if not treated properly. Sorry to scare you, but you need to get help right away. Doctors are professionals – you should not be judged for drug use – and medical records are private. Hope you get better.

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How do cold sores accur?

How do cold sores accur?

Virus: Two kinds of these are common, and both caused by virus. Least worrisome, is the aphthous ulcer. Occurs on the soft tissues of the mouth -- inside lips, cheeks, under tongue. The worse one is herpes.The first time you get it, it can be anywhere in the mouth and outside the mouth. After that, in the mouth, it will only be on tight tissues -- roof of mouth, and right along gum line around teeth.

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How to remove cold sores?

How to remove cold sores?

Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores.

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How dangerous are cold sores?

How dangerous are cold sores?

THEY ARE NOT: Dangerous at all, very annoying though depending on location.

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How to remove your cold sores?

How to remove your cold sores?

Options: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir).

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What is the cause of cold sores?

What is the cause of cold sores?

Direct Contact: Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv). They are typically transmitted through broken skin. Sometimes through kissing, sharing eating utensils or drinking cups, or other forms of touching another person's saliva.

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