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I've had occurrences of cold sores on my lip  & chin. They last 7-10 days. Pain, puss, raw. How to prevent or treat? Thanks!

I've had occurrences of cold sores on my lip  & chin. They last 7-10 days. Pain, puss, raw. How to prevent or treat? Thanks!

See your MD: Cold sores are of viral origin. It would be best to have a definitive diagnosis that your condition is "herpes labials" if that is your condition there are medications that can be used to control the condition. There is no reason to allow this to continuously erupt. Please contact your md for an evaluation and treatment. ...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, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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What causes cold sores I have a clump of them on my bottom lip and chin what will get rid of them and how long will it take i also feel really tired ?

What causes cold sores I have a clump of them on my bottom lip and chin what will  get rid of them and how long will it take i also feel really tired ?

Time: If indeed they are cold sores you never get rid of the virus. Stress and uv light are tow of the most common reasons they erupt. If you catch it at the tingling phase you can take viroxin or zovirax (acyclovir). In my office the laser does great for keeping them small and increases healing..But you need to get in early. ...Read more

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Have extreme phobia of cold sores and am taking benzos for anxiety, which make me drool. Can this saliva ASYMPTOMATICALLY spread Hsv1 to chin, cheek?

Have extreme phobia of cold sores and am taking benzos for anxiety, which make me drool. Can this saliva ASYMPTOMATICALLY spread Hsv1 to chin, cheek?

No: You are either going to express them on the chin/cheek or not. HSV1 usually presents on the lips. The saliva is immaterial to spread/emergence of the HSV1. ...Read more

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I have a swollen gland under my chin and on the left side of my jaw. I also have a cold sore on the left side of my bottom lip that is in some pain too. I've dealt with cold sores for around like ten year, but never had swollen glands. Just a little conce

Lymph nodes: Your gland could be swollen for a number of reasons. Activation of the virus that causes the ulcers on your lip or any other weakening of your immune system that led to the cold sores showing up. If you glands stay swollen for more than 2 weeks, go see your doctor for an exam ...Read more

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Do cold sores itch?

Do cold sores itch?

They can: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril & sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain & itching. ...Read more

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What are cold sores?

What are cold sores?

A lip ulceration: "cold sores" are a laymen's term for herpes labialis. This is a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1. An alternative name for the condition is a "fever blister". It is often painful, but not always, may become crusty and is contagious. The condition usually resolves within two weeks but may reside as a life-long virus. Prompt topical and oral treatment may prevent eruption. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

What causes cold sores?

Virus reactivation: Cold sores are caused by reactivation of a latent ("sleeping") virus in the nerves that supply sensation to the inside of the mouth. This is a "herpes" virus, but is most often not the same virus as the one that causes genital herpes. After contracting the virus from someone else's oral cavity, the virus can be reactivated by various triggers, including a common cold or other stressors. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

Herpes simplex: Real cold sores, which usually occur on the edge of the lips, are caused by herpes simplex virus. This is contagious by touch, and that is touching anywhere. So if you have active cold sores, you need to practice good handwashing anytime you might have touched the sore. Unfortunately, you can also spread them when you don't even have an active sore, in your saliva. ...Read more

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