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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. ...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 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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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