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sick cold symptoms spitting out green mucus chest pains body aches waking in night sweats every night fever and cold sores wats going on?

 sick cold symptoms spitting out green mucus chest pains body aches waking in night sweats every night fever and cold sores  wats going on?

See a physician!: Your symptoms are worrisome for possible pneumonia. You may need antibiotic treatment. It's not possible or proper to make a diagnosis without examining you and taking a medical history. Stop looking for answers on the internet and see a physician as soon as possible. Your delay in seeing a physician may allow any infection to get worse, making it more difficult to cure. ...Read more

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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 have herpes lesions on right side chest, arm pit, and back. Never a cold sore. What type of herpes is this?

I have herpes lesions on right side chest, arm pit, and back. Never a cold sore. What type of herpes is this?

Herpes zoster: Your chosen topic tags show you already know about herpes zoster (shingles). Almost certainly that's what you have. I hope you are on treatment with valacyclovir or similar drug, sometimes accompanied by prednisone or other steroid drug. ...Read more

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Red, sore, bumps that keep recurring.First occured on collar bones, now lower on chest.Antibiotics, bactroban, (mupirocin) anti-histamines&cold sore patches don't help?

Red, sore, bumps that keep recurring.First occured on collar bones, now lower on chest.Antibiotics, bactroban, (mupirocin) anti-histamines&cold sore patches don't help?

See dermatologist: I think it is time for you to consult a dermatologist who may do a biopsy of the lesion to look at the potential causes for your skin problem. Some times this may be from a drug you have been taking. ...Read more

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What are cold sores?

What are cold sores?

A lip ulceration: "cold sores" are a laymen's term for herpes labialis. This is a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1. An alternative name for the condition is a "fever blister". It is often painful, but not always, may become crusty and is contagious. The condition usually resolves within two weeks but may reside as a life-long virus. Prompt topical and oral treatment may prevent eruption. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

What causes cold sores?

Virus reactivation: Cold sores are caused by reactivation of a latent ("sleeping") virus in the nerves that supply sensation to the inside of the mouth. This is a "herpes" virus, but is most often not the same virus as the one that causes genital herpes. After contracting the virus from someone else's oral cavity, the virus can be reactivated by various triggers, including a common cold or other stressors. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

Herpes simplex: Real cold sores, which usually occur on the edge of the lips, are caused by herpes simplex virus. This is contagious by touch, and that is touching anywhere. So if you have active cold sores, you need to practice good handwashing anytime you might have touched the sore. Unfortunately, you can also spread them when you don't even have an active sore, in your saliva. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

Herpes simplex virus: Oral herpes, occurs with symptoms of cold sores or fever blisters, is an infection of the mouth and cause by herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2. After initial infection, the viruses are transported to the sensory nerve cell bodies, where they become latent and reside lifelong. Upon trigger, these virus then multiplies new virus particles, transport, and releases to the nerve terminal. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

HSV1: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. ...Read more

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Can abreva work on cold sores?

Can abreva work on cold sores?

Yes,: There is no cure for cold sores. However, some medications may relieve pain and soften HSV crusts on the skin. Abreva is one of them. ...Read more

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Is turmeric ok for cold sores?

Is turmeric ok for cold sores?

No evidence: While one study looking at the ingredient in turmeric (curcumin) suggested antimicrobial properties (not in humans), there is no evidence turmeric treats cold sores. Curcumin is not the same as the dried spice. Mores studies are necessary of the active ingredient before doctors can prescribe it as a viable treatment. ...Read more

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How can cold sores be prevented?

How can cold sores be prevented?

You can't: There's no cure for hsv infection and the blisters may recur sporadically — often in response to stress or a weakened immune system. Antiviral medications can help cold sores heal more quickly and may reduce the frequency of recurrences. Once you've had an episode of herpes infection, the virus lies dormant in nerve cells in your skin and may emerge again as an active infection. ...Read more

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Diarrhea linked with cold sores?

Diarrhea linked with cold sores?

Unlikely: Cold sores, usually a recurrence of herpes simplex, often arise during periods of stress which may be due to gastrointestinal problems causing diarrhea, or even to emotional issues. The diarrhea is not likely to be caused by the herpes simplex virus. ...Read more

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Best way to get rid of cold sores?

Valacyclovir: If it is a herpes lesion, it initially will feel like an itching or burning sensation. The lesion will appear like a cluster of grapes. If you start taking the valacyclovir right away the sore will go away within a couple of days. If not the blisters will break, the skin will crust over and after a week to ten days it will heal. ...Read more

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What to do for cold sores on lips?

What to do for cold sores on lips?

Many alternatives: Depending on location, size, level of pain, something as simple as cool compresses may help. There are over the counter meds like abreva, chap sticks to keep the skin moisturized and then there is topical acyclovir, an prescription ointment. ...Read more

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What does abreva do to cold sores?

Abreva: Abreva (topical Docosanol) is an antiviral medication that can be used to treat recurrent oral/ facial herpes simplex virus infections. It works by blocking fusion of plasma membrane & envelope of herpes simplex virus. This decreases replication of the virus. ...Read more