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Doctor insights on: Cold Sores On My Big Toe

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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 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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I think I'm getting cold sores on my foot. What should I use?

I think I'm getting cold sores on my foot. What should I use?

As Dr. Sparacino: Noted, speak to your doctor about this. I have never heard of anyone getting "cold sores" on their feet. My pure and unadulterated guess (not seeing your feet) is they aren't cold sores. ...Read more

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How long does the hand foot and mouth disease usually last? And will all the cold sores go away at once or little over time?

How long does the hand foot and mouth disease usually last? And will all the cold sores go away at once or little over time?

About a week: HFM is a viral infection that causes blisters on palms, soles and in the mouth. Can be associated with moderate fever. The ulcers in the mouth will fade at different rates. Drink cool liquids, soft foods like pudding, yogurt, ice cream. Avoid acids like Orange Juice. Annoying but usually a self limiting condition. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can also help with the pain. ...Read more

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I got a cold sore on my foot. Is this unusual?

I got a cold sore on my foot. Is this unusual?

Not a cold sore: A cold sore (herpes) is extremely unlikely on the foot. Something else is causing this, even if it looks like the kind of cold sore you might get on your mouth. See a doctor if it doesn't heal or you otherwise remain concerned. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I stubbed my 12 weeks ago big toe cold out side burning inside what could it be?

I stubbed my 12 weeks ago big toe cold out side burning inside what could it be?

Nerve trauma: Trauma to nerve or possibly blood vessels. You have had this problem for a long time. Consult with podiatrist. Is there swelling, or a wound. Can also be infection or fracture/bone injury. ...Read more

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Banged big toe on a chair Saturday and it really hurts and it is swollen and black and blue.... Hot or cold compress?

Cold: To help relieve inflammation. If your pain is yet to improve, consider seeing a doctor just to ensure that you did not fracture your toe. Best wishes. ...Read more

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A couple of days ago pain started in the ball of 1 foot mostly below big toe. Now making me limp. Getting over a bad cold. Is cold possible cause?

A couple of days ago pain started in the ball of 1 foot mostly below big toe. Now making me limp. Getting over a bad cold. Is cold possible cause?

Gout?: Doubtful that common cold would cause pain in foot below big toe. More likely culprit in middle aged men is gout. Go see your doc for exam & diagnosis. You may need blood test to check your uric acid level. Goal is <6mg/dl. Check online for low uric acid diets. Go to http://my. Clevelandclinic. Org/disorders/gout/hic_gout. Aspx & http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/gout/ds00090 for more info. ...Read more

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I have sores all over my body. I used method for a year. I have been off of it for two days now. I'm done using it. My big toe and foot are swollen?

I have sores all over my body. I used method for a year. I have been off of it for two days now. I'm done using it. My big toe and foot are swollen?

Get checked: Given your current condition and history, I would get evaluated by a doctor immediately. If the swelling worsens, if the pain becomes unbearable or if the foot/toe becomes numb, go to an emergency room. Without knowing your details it may be useful to seek a drug rehabilitation/treatment facility additionally for continued support. I wish you success in your sobriety. ...Read more

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My big toe on my right foot is always cold. Is there something wrong here?

My big toe on my right foot is always cold. Is there something wrong here?

Possibly: This problem can only be solved by seeing her doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, her doctor should be able to tell her what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Heel pain in young children my 5year old daughter keeps complaining of pain in her left heel and big toe. It seems worst when we are out in the cold?

Heel pain in young children my 5year old daughter keeps complaining of pain in her left heel and big toe. It seems worst when we are out in the cold?

Foot Pain: Must have history to be able to narrow this down. How long has this been going on? 6 months or a week? Does she have a blister or any redness overlying the sore area. Is the complaint only outside in the cold? Or is it only with walking? Does it wake her up at night? Is it worsening over time? Or is it a stable complaint? Does she have fever? a limp? OK to try tylenol (acetaminophen) for a week, needs eval by doc ...Read more

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Sharp pain in big toe for the last 2 weeks. Some swelling. No other physical symptoms. Cold makes it worse. Not moving it makes it worse. Please help.

Sharp pain in big toe for the last 2 weeks. Some swelling. No other physical symptoms. Cold makes it worse. Not moving it makes it worse. Please help.

Have you had a: Pedicure recently? Is the swelling near the nail? You may have a mild infection.
"Not moving it, makes it worse" is puzzling.
Can you tell us anything more? ...Read more

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My big toe goes numb sometimes in the past 2 weeks and my some fingers get really cold while others are really warm. What's going on?

My big toe goes numb sometimes in the past 2 weeks and my some fingers get really cold while others are really warm. What's going on?

See a doctor: The two problems could even be unrelated/coincidental. Numbness can be caused by a pinched nerve, nerve damage, and even poor circulation. See your doctor and also ask about raynaud's disease/phenomenon which is spasm of the blood vessels in the fingers and toes illicited by exposure to cold. ...Read more

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For the last week I've had pain in my right big toe and surrounding area, like a bunion. My big toe feels cold and numb at times. Any suggestions?

For the last week I've had pain in my right big toe and surrounding area, like a bunion. My big toe feels cold and numb at times. Any suggestions?

Do you have back: Issues? Sometimes a pinned nerve in the back can cause these symptoms. Look to see if the toe feels cold or is actually cold...... ...Read more

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I broke my big toe a couple days ago. My foot is wrapped and in a boot. My toes are cold. Is that normal?

Toe: Make sure booth is not too tight, okay to remove booth a few times a day. If still cold as compared to other toes, see doctor. ...Read more

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Hi doc, I'm having servers pain in my feet around my big toe it feels like cramps especially when it is cold outside it get bad. What do you think cau?

Hi doc, I'm having servers pain in my feet around my big toe it feels like cramps especially when it is cold outside it get bad. What do you think cau?

Could be a few: Different things, a better answer could be served up with an in office exam, but around the big toe you may have a functional hallux limitis, anterior tarsal tunnel syndrome, tendonopathy, cramps (which have many causes.), neuropathy.
Coldness bothering more is possible as could cause "tighness" feeling secondary contracture of muscles or decreased blood flow. ...Read more

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Sometimes at the end of the day when I take my socks off my big toe is bright red and warm, when the rest of my foot is freezing cold.

Raynaud's Phenomenon: If your shoes aren't irritating the toe, another possibility is raynaud's phenomenon. In this syndrome, which is basically a short circuit of the nervous control of the peripheral circulation, cold temperatures and sometimes just moist environments can cause blood vessels to clamp down and restrict blood flow to fingers or toes. The great toe has better circulation and may not be effected equally. ...Read more

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My doc thinks I have sympathetic reflex dystrophy. Would this explain the horizontal ridges on my big toe and foot becoming cold with elevation?

My doc thinks I have sympathetic reflex dystrophy. Would this explain the horizontal ridges on my big toe and foot becoming cold with elevation?

RSD/ ridges: RSD affects the nerve function. Esp autonomic nerves that control temperature regulation and sweating and swelling. The lines or ridges can be from the swelling increasing or decreasing. See a neurologist or a physical therapist. Aggressive physical therapy to stop the nerve irritation helps. There are also topical and oral meds that can help ...Read more

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Chevron bunionectomy 2 yr ago. I constantly have the need to pop my big toe and have to pull it straight out. Tenderness top of joint. Worse when cold?

Chevron bunionectomy 2 yr ago. I constantly have the need to pop my big toe and have to pull it straight out. Tenderness top of joint. Worse when cold?

That can only B-: -answered by Ur surgeon. If there was fixation using a screw, it's possible if many B causing a problem with the flexor tendon 2 the great toe. Get an appt 2 have it looked @. ...Read more

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Why are my hands and feet always very cold and nearly purple and my toes on each foot beside the big toe feel very sore like bruised?

Why are my hands and feet always very cold and nearly purple and my toes on each foot beside the big toe feel very sore like bruised?

You might have: Something called raynauds. It is not serious but if you live where it is cold, then this condition caused especially fingertips, fingers and toes to turn bluish purple and sometimes even white. People who have it really bad will find it happens even when putting their hand in the freezer at home or in the grocery store. Verapamil sometimes helps but other meds might help more. ...Read more

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Why do you get cold sores right before a big date?

Why do you get cold sores right before a big date?

Too much stress: Cold sore is the recurrence of herpes after initial infection. The most common cause of cold sore is the stress.

Stress level is normally esclated before big event and if you had herpes infection before, cold sore is likely to happen. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes cold sores on your tongue. Because I have this big red sore on my tongue since sunday?

Can you get herpes cold sores on your tongue. Because I have this big red sore on my tongue since sunday?

Yes: Yes you sure can. They are usually painful sores. If you see your doctor at the first sign of a cold sore he/she can prescribe a medicine to help. Usually Famvir (famciclovir) or Acyclovir are used. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes cold sores on your tongue. Because I have this big red sore on my tongue since sunday?

Canker sore: What you are describing sounds more like an apthous ulcer, or canker sore. It has a red center with a whitish rim. It can be pretty painful and last a good week or two. There are otc products like kanka or zilactin that can reduce pain. Your dentist can prescribe apthasol or cauterize it with a laser.
Herpes, or cold sores tend to appear on the outer part of your lips rather than in your mouth. ...Read more

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I have a big problem with herpes (cold sores). During 3 weeks I got 4 herpeses. I am taking lysine, vitamin c, ganoderma lucidum, but with no effect?

I have a big problem with herpes (cold sores). During 3 weeks I got 4 herpeses. I am taking lysine, vitamin c, ganoderma lucidum, but with no effect?

Antiviral drugs: There are several oral antiviral drugs that your physician can prescribe for you and which should work much better. Make an appointment and discuss what would be best for your particular situation. ...Read more

Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more