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Doctor insights on: Cold Sores On My Thigh Symptoms

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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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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

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

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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?

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

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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?

Your question: Doesn't really make a lot of sense to me. I can't quite follow it. But basically you need to know that genital herpes requires close skin to skin contact. It doesn't leap through clothing like pjs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cold sores?

What are the symptoms of cold sores?

Burning and pain: A cold sore is caused by a common virus-herpes simplex. They begin as a burning sensation in the lip area and this is followed by the formation of a blister. The blister ruptures and leaves a painful ulceration that then crusts over and heals within 10-14 days. There are some topical agents that can speed healing or abort the formation of the blister if caught early. ...Read more

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What symptoms are associated with cold sores?

What symptoms are associated with cold sores?

Just at ulcer site: Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by recurrent oral herpes virus. They start as a slightly raised reddish area, with a bit of numbness & tingling there. Then comes a cluster of tiny blisters, which break open soon, with some pain; leaving a sore (ulcer) to heal up over a week. Sores appear more often when one is under stress or is ill from another illness. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cold sores and what should I do to help?

What are the symptoms of cold sores and what should I do to help?

Painful blisters: Cold sores are painful blisters on or near the lips, cause by a herpes virus. They can come and go, since the body never completely gets rid of the virus. For many people with cold sores, topical over the counter treatments for pain relief are enough. If not, topical or oral antiviral medications can help if started soon after the cold sore first appears. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Herpes: This could be just from the small cut on your lower lip. Its difficult to say whether or not this is a cold sore (herpes actually). This can suddenly appear..even if you have never had it before. ...Read more

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What are the earliest symptoms of cold sores (oral herpes)?

Pain, tingling, itch: Many people describe either pain, tingling, or itching, beginning as much as a full day before the cold sore actually comes out. They know a cold sore is coming before there's any redness, swelling, or blistering. ...Read more