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Cold Sores On My Head Symptoms
Probably not: Cold sores--or herpes simplex reactivation--usually will present as an area at the lip red border or just beyond, that initially may sting or burn and then goes on to develop a cluster of tiny blisters. These may coalesce into one or more larger blisters and finally open. Cracking at the corners of the mouth is often from licking due to dryness (ie allergies). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small dark reddish patch on bottom lip with a little cut with no other symptoms. Never had cold sores before, so what is it ? Suddenly appeared too.
Two different things: Cankers (recurrent aphthous ulcers) are an "auto-immune" type reaction to trauma/stress (such as biting your lip). They occur on the loose membranes of your lips, cheeks and floor of the mouth. Your dentist can treat with prednisone, laser or chemicals to cut pain. Cold sores are hsv. Abreva helps those some, but most need doc rx. Both go away without treatment in 10-14 days (pain only 3-5 days). ...Read more
Should I take igm & igg blood test for Hsv if exposed to g herpes but no outbreak, have other symptoms, and had mouth cold sores in the past. Advice?
Depends: If the exposure is within a couple of weeks, IgM would be the test to get. On the other hand, there is no harm if getting IgG which would indicate exposure months or years ago. Unfortunately an infected person, even in the absence of symptoms,may infect other people. Until this situation has been settled, insist on condom use. ...Read more
Is a HSV igm & igg blood test helpful after g herpes exposure 6+months ago? No genital outbreak, other symptoms, but have had mouth cold sores before.
Probably yes: The HSV IgG tests are excellent, and a negative result for HSV2 6+ months after exposure shows you were not infected. The HSV1 result should have been positive if your diagnosis of past cold sores is correct, but once in a while the test misses HSV1 (but rarely HSV2). The IgM result doesn't help one way or the other -- it's inherently unreliable anyway, never done by herpes or STD experts. ...Read more
It hurts to swallow, have cold sores in mouth, swollen glands in neck, and somewhat achy all over; what would cause all these symptoms?
Yes: Typically cold sores start out as vesicles (clear pimple) and burst into a ulcer. A white headed pimple is a localized infection resulting in a build up of puss.. In rare occasions , an ulcer can be secondarily infected with bacteria resulting in a white headed abscess. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Herpes lablialis (cold sores) are caused by a virus that lies dormant in your body (specifically the trigeminal ganglion -which is part of the 5th cranial nerve). The virus can be reactivated by trauma, sunlight, stress, fever, etc and manifests itself as a cold sore. It does not start with or from a blackhead. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I use an electric toothbrush. I get cold sores frequently. How can I sanitize my toothbrush? At $22 per head i cannot afford to replace each time.
Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate): Ask your dentist to write a rxn for peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate). It is an antimicrobial mouth rinse. You can rinse your brush head in hot water , then let it soak in this for 15 - 30 minutes, then rinse again and allow to dry. Also, you might invest in 2 brush heads and alternate so they dry completely. Good luck. The cold sores are viral.If herpes, ask your dentist for rxn for acyclivir. Often helps. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Can you get oral herpes from someone who u don't kiss but she gives u head but doesn't have any open sores or cold sores and I had no cuts on my d?
Possible but unlikel: Hi Roy. It's possible for someone to shed the herpes virus and be asymptomatic. People with oral herpes may secrete the virus 2% to 9% of the time when they are not having sores. That being said, if they are asymptomatic and secreting the virus, the amount of virus being shed is much less. You can be tested for infection. I would recommend knowing your sex partner And both of you testing for STD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Single Red bump on my upperlip line
It doesn't have a head or any pus I've never had a cold sore. Could it be a pimple since sores come in clusters?
Red lesion lip/: Best to be examined and bx if needed>>>>> ...Read more
Do I have a yeast infection ? . I have cold sores and after intercourse with my girlfriend i notice white dots on the head of my penis ?
You may do nothing.: Depends. Some people thought it just an annoying condition, 7-10 days later, it would go away anyway. So do nothing is an reasonable option. Some people thought it's serious, then you need help from dermatologists who may prescribed oral medicine like Acyclovir to stop it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A viral infection: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. Pre-teen children's cold sores are non-std's. They get the virus from family & friends. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cold sores: Most cold sores are called aphthous ulcers. They are caused by a virus that the majority of the population has. There is no cure, it usually lays dormant in the nerve endings and erupts in an incident after stress, trauma or external stimulants. They usually last 7-10 days and there are meds that can lessen the duration and intensity. Herpes is another possibility. See a dentist to have evaluated. ...Read more
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