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Cold Sores On Scalp
Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more
My boyfriend touched his cold sore, didn't wash his hands, than touched my scalped to give me a head massage. Can I get a cold sore on my scalp?
Possible: But very unlikely. Odds are you are already carrying this virus. If you kiss him when he has no cold sore you might get it anyway. The virus is present on the skin intermittently when it looks perfectly clear, between attacks. Most people are infected with no symptoms and are therefore immune. A blood test can tell you. Valacyclovir pills are very effective for symptoms. ...Read more
Virus: Two kinds of these are common, and both caused by virus. Least worrisome, is the aphthous ulcer. Occurs on the soft tissues of the mouth -- inside lips, cheeks, under tongue. The worse one is herpes.The first time you get it, it can be anywhere in the mouth and outside the mouth. After that, in the mouth, it will only be on tight tissues -- roof of mouth, and right along gum line around teeth. ...Read more
Options: 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
Herpes: Cold sore are caused only by the herpes simplex virus. There is no cure yet but they can be controlled with otc meds like abreva or rx like Valtrex (valacyclovir) or acyclovir. Common triggers to breakouts are mental/emotional stress, illness, severe environmental change (bitter cold). Basically things that stress your body. ...Read more
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
Blister: Herpes simplex (cold sores/ fever blisters) arise from virus hibernating in a nerve. If the immune system is down & ignores the virus due to stress, concurrent illness (hence fever blister or cold sore), steroids, immunosuppressant medicines or chemo the virus reactivates. 1st most feel itching/burning in a local area of the lip/nose/tongue, then a red area forms followed by a painful blister. ...Read more
Medicated, Moist: A cold sore is contagious when it is cracked and weeping. It can infect another mucus membrane (ie: eye,) or another person. There are prescription medications that help to heal the sore and therefore help to stop the spread of the virus. These are ointments and keep it soft with less cracking. Avoid touching the cold sore and if you do, wash your hands immediately afterwards. No kissing too! ...Read more
TYPE I HERPES: Zovirax (acyclovir) ointment 5% is effective for many individuals who suffer from recurrent cold sores. It is best applied when the first signs of a cold sore appear....That itchy, tingly sensation in the lip along with the slightly elevated area where it will eventually break out. Apply very small amounts up to 6-8 times a day until all signs of the lesion disappear. Keep some on hand and begin early. ...Read more
Herpes Simplex: Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus (hsv1) usually (though it can be hsv2) that many sores in a short period could be due to stress or trauma. You note that you have "mouth ulcers" which are generally white while herpes is red. You are also on heavy pain meds & no reason given for them but that may be the stressor. Your dentist can determine what you have & give meds to help. ...Read more
Yes they can bleed: A cold sore is a herpes simplex viral infection that occurs most commonly on th lips of the mouth, but can also occur on the penis and vulva, and other places of the skin. During the first stage, they produce a tender sore, that can then form a scab and bleed. Use vaseline to keep the area moist, and try drug- store medicines for cold sores, or get a prescription for acyclovir. ...Read more
Valtrex, (valacyclovir) etc.: Agree w dr. Ryan. Here are more options: 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
Cold sores: Many causes including stress, anxiety, diet, poor hydration, local trauma, recent dental work. Local care like gargling with non alcohol based gargles, local pain control and OTC medicated lip balms help. If they are painful see your doctor for oral medications. If they are recurrent you might see an infectious disease doctor to discuss lysine ...Read more
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
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
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
They have a life:
Nothing gets rid of cold sores. It seems no matter what you do they hang around for about 14 days. If you try to put something on them. They will last 2 weeks. Try to keep them dry (no vaseline or chapstick) and don't pick at them. Limit stress and fatigue.
Unfortunately, some people are prone to getting them. Watch spicy or acidic food and drink. ...Read more