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Cold Sores On Upper Back
Cold sores keep coming back recently. I haven't changed my diet or anything so what is the problem?
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
Tips: To prevent cold sores from occurring wash hands often. Maintain a healthful lifestyle (regular exercise, nutritious diet, adequate sleep, keeping stress at bay). Keep lips well moisturized & apply sun screen to the areas that your cold sores normally pop up. Talk with your physician about supplementing with lysine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My younger sister keeps getting cold sores on her lips. They will appear for a few days, then comes back weeks later what could this mean?
Cold Sores: Cold sores are a herpes infection. You get such an infection from direct contact, such as kissing. Usually there is tingling of the skin followed by blisters which dry up, can scab, and then heal. Rarely, scarring may result. Unfortunately, there is no cure and the virus lives in the nerves forever. Therefore, the sores may come back--usually when under stress or there is sunburn. ...Read more
I keep getting cold sores back to back i saw one coming up so i used the abreva it went down n couple days later it came bk up what is causing that?
Herpes virus: Cold sores are viral infections and the virus "hides" in the nerves close to where the ulcer is. That is why they tend to come back in the same location. The best treatment involves antiviral meds. There is a topical application called viroxin that kills the virus and very effective at the early signs. However if your immune system is low, they come right back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been getting blistery sores on my lower back, whenever i eat tomatoes, or citris foods. Is this herpes or cold sores?
Could be herpes: I have heard of citrus type foods triggering a herpes outbreak. You can also get skin irritation from citric acid if it touches your skin and then you are out in the sun. However, it could all just be a coincidence and your rash could be many other things. There is medication for it if it is herpes, so may worth it to get checked. You can always take a pic of it and show it to your doc later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My dentist thought i had angular cheilstis but it keeps coming back. I have tried everything i used to get cold sores but that was over 5 yrs ago help?
Angular cheilitis: Angular cheilitis is thought to be a multifactorial disorder. It may require an anti-fungal cream. Some patients have a habit of constantly licking their lips which perpetuates the problem. I would suggest that you see a dermatologist for a medical history, exam, evaluation, definitive diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For the past 3 weeks i've been getting cold sores back to back - seems cyclic. Taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) and lysine. What could be the cause? Healthy otherwise.
Immune system: Is a little down. Continue lysine. You can also take homeopathic thus toxicodendron for a week or two to improve symptoms. Consider seeing a chinese medicine practitioner to balance you and boost your immune system. Eliminate junk foods, processed sugars, increase fresh fruits and veggies to boost antioxidants. Drink more water, less sodas, more avocado, cucumber and celery (alkaline foods). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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