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Cold Sores On Inner Thigh
I have two pinkish bumps on my inner thigh. They don't hurt and aren't itchy that much at all. It looks like a cold sore in a way. Any idea?
Go see your doctor: I hate to say it but there's not enough information for us/me to hazard a guess. Your doctor needs to examine you and take a thorough history. After all, the possibilities are almost endless ranging from lipoma to sebaceous cyst to ingrown hair to who knows what. Bottom line, go see your doc & give her/him as much info (history) as possible including travel, new meds & foods plus ill contacts. ...Read more
Cluster of small, somewhat red raised bumps, not itchy, on upper thigh. Is this genital herpes? Never been sexually active, had cold sores in the past
Not herpes: You cannot have genital herpes if you never had sex; genital herpes is unlikely to first show up as a rash on the thigh; and your description doesn't sound like HSV. This definitely is not genital herpes, and also not HSV1 from your oral infection. If the rash continues to bother you or doesn't clear up, see a doctor for professional diagnosis. ...Read more
Can a cold sore get through clothes? I have a cold sore and touched my thigh but I was wearing pj bottoms. Can I get genital herpes this way? Sorry
No: No it will not be transmitted through clothes ...Read more
My mom handed me a mug she doesn't have a cold sore. I have PJ bottoms on I then scratched my thigh while I have PJs on. Can I get genital herpes?
Son may have cold sore, touching it and then grabbed my leg/underwear up my skirt. I'm 36 wks prego. Worried about herpes and baby. Can I get it?
No cause for worry: Herpes is not by such contact. To be ultra safe, mention this to your obstetrician. If she feels it necessary, you can have a blood test to see if you might already have HSV1; if so, you can't get it again. Until your baby is a month old, it will be important to prevent intimate contact of your baby with your son (e.g. no kissing). Otherwise no worries! . Best wishes for you and your growing family ...Read more
Sharp pain in ankle while running. Day after ankle feels hot/cold. Sore feeling with random sharp pains running up leg?
Possible\unlikely: It is very unusual but possible for cold sores caused by a virus to appear on the inside of the lip, and when they do, it is most common near the insider border of the lip. They appear more often in clusters and as a blister, unlike canker sores (aphthous ulcers) which occur only inside the mouth and usually as a single white ulcer surrounded by a red inflamed border. ...Read more
Cold sores: Cold sores may develop inside the mouth most commonly but may present almost anywhere on the face, inside or outside of the nose and lips. Cold sores are often referred to as "Fever Blisters". They often present as a cluster of blisters and some people report a "tingling" sensation before they actually appear. Cold sores are of viral origin and are contagious. ...Read more
The sore on my inner top lip on my right side looks like its yellow patch. It burns & tingles from time to time. Herpes or cold sores or canker sores?
Are canker sores inside mouth (gums, inner cheek) a form of HSV 1? Never had any blister-like cold sores outside on/around lips.
Canker sores are ulcers of unknown origin. They may result from stress, citrus foods, irritation or trauma. They usually occur on the inside of the mouth and the tongue.
Aphthous stomatitis (cold sores or fever blisters) are caused by the hsv-1 virus. They usually occur in clusters on the outside of the lips.
Check with your dentist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment for pain. ...Read more
Inner ear infection for 3 weeks, 3 courses of antibiotics. Must be a viral infection? Also cold sores, Should try Acyclovir next?
What type of doctor should I see for large, frequent cold sores. I'm also starting to get mouth sores & my tongue, inner cheeks & throat is sore?
Several: Any dentist, dental specialist, ent, internist, gp, etc, are educated it this problem. ...Read more
See a dentist: Treatment of sores in the mouth can vary dramatically depending on the cause of the sore. So it's wise to see a dentist or physician to diagnose and suggest an appropriate treatment. Cold sores can be controlled, but not cured. Until you can see the dentist/physician, keep the area clean with warm water rinses. If eating/drinking is painful, try bland foods. ...Read more
Find out "triggers": See if you can figure out what you do to cause them to erupt! Most patients have a "trigger", or something they eat or experience that brings the cold sores! It could be emotional stress, extended exposure to sunlight, exposure to certain foods like walnuts, citrus fruits, chocolate, etc! Also, with experience, most people can tell when a sore is starting, so they start the zovirax (acyclovir) that day! ...Read more
Options: Probably won't resolve overnight. 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
Early Treatment Best: Cold sore usually caused by herpes simplex virus. And not many antivirus meds around. One is valtrex (valacyclovir). This will help to cut down days of the infection. But it is better taken early before the break out, when you begin to feel tingling or soreness usually at the corner of the lip. The viruses usually "hide" in your trigeminal ganglion of your lower jaw nerve and break out when immune system is down. ...Read more
Possible herpes?: One possibility is herpes, which is a viral infection that lives in a nerve tract once it enters the body and may recur from time to time. Other possibilities may relate to pressure on the area or other dermatologic causes. Less obvious cause could even be gluten intolerance. All conjecture until a dermatologist actually sees it and hears more about the history. Don't try to treat it yourself. ...Read more