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

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. ...Read more

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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to stop recurring cold sores?

Talk to MD: First make sure that you don't have an immune problem. May need oral meds and suppression. ...Read more

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What are reasons to get cold sores?

What are reasons to get cold sores?

Herpes: Cold sore are caused only by the herpes simplex virus. There is no cure yet but they can be controlled with otc meds like abreva or rx like Valtrex (valacyclovir) or acyclovir. Common triggers to breakouts are mental/emotional stress, illness, severe environmental change (bitter cold). Basically things that stress your body. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cold sores?

Burning and pain: A cold sore is caused by a common virus-herpes simplex. They begin as a burning sensation in the lip area and this is followed by the formation of a blister. The blister ruptures and leaves a painful ulceration that then crusts over and heals within 10-14 days. There are some topical agents that can speed healing or abort the formation of the blister if caught early. ...Read more

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What is cold sores look and feel like?

Blister: Herpes simplex (cold sores/ fever blisters) arise from virus hibernating in a nerve. If the immune system is down & ignores the virus due to stress, concurrent illness (hence fever blister or cold sore), steroids, immunosuppressant medicines or chemo the virus reactivates. 1st most feel itching/burning in a local area of the lip/nose/tongue, then a red area forms followed by a painful blister. ...Read more

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Could I have an immunity to cold sores?

Most people have: Been exposed to herpes simplex virus 1 at some point ; don't have cold sores. ...Read more

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Should you keep cold sores moist or dry?

Medicated,Moist: A cold sore is contagious when it is cracked and weeping. It can infect another mucus membrane( ie: eye, ) or another person. There are prescription medications that help to heal the sore and therefore help to stop the spread of the virus. These are ointments and keep it soft with less cracking. Avoid touching the cold sore and if you do, wash your hands immediately afterwards. No kissing too! ...Read more

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