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Can you get a cold sore on your tonsil ?

Can you get a cold sore on your tonsil ?

Yes: A viral infection can affect any of the area of the oral cavity (mouth) or oropharynx (back of throat). ...Read more

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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My sister has lost her voice and her tonsils are swollen they are not red and the left one has a cold sore like sore on it and her throat hurts ?

Probably viral: But it would not hurt at all to see a doctor and make sure this is not due to beta-strep. If that is present, antibiotics for 10 days will help to prevent post-streptococcal complications like acute rheumatic fever. This should be done immediately. ...Read more

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I cut my lingual frenulum from kissing. For the next few days, i suffered from a mouth ulcer, a cold sore, infected tonsils, headaches, and my gums seemed to lower. Could it be hiv?

I cut my lingual frenulum from kissing. For the next few days, i suffered from a mouth ulcer, a cold sore, infected tonsils, headaches, and my gums seemed to lower. Could it be hiv?

No, relax: You may be overreacting. More likely, you have strep throat or pharyngitis. The cold sore is probably stress-related because you have pharyngitis are perseverating over this situation. Hiv transmission rate is very small orally, unless you were both bleeding. That being said, you should consider the possibility that there are much less painful ways of kissing people. ...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 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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What are the earliest symptoms of cold sores (oral herpes)?

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