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What causes fever blisters/ cold sores on my upper lip?!?

What causes fever blisters/ cold sores on my upper lip?!?

Cold sores: Cold sores/fever blisters are cause by the herpes simplex virus. There are 2 types—oral & genital. Either type can cause a "cold sore" although the oral type is usually involved with lip lesions. There are several otc treatments to lessen symptoms, but prescription anti-viral meds work better to clear the lesions. Herpes, however, is not cured; it is suppressed & can reappear.—>. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Massive outbreak of cold sores on top lip and nostril. Sore tongue, sore gums and sore throat?

Massive outbreak of cold sores on top lip and nostril. Sore tongue, sore gums and sore throat?

First episode?: This sounds like primary herpes simplex gingivostomatitis. Untreated it may last 3 weeks but Acyclovir (zovirax) or valayclovir (valtrex) should lessen it substantially. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Cold sore on my lip. Cures?

Laser: The best way to heal a cold sore is the use of the biolase laser. The pain will be relieved quickly and the sore will heal quickly. If you have the area treated during the early stage of a cold sore when you feel a burning or itching the cold sore will not come back to that area again. ...Read more

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Could cold sores appear on the tongue?

Could cold sores appear on the tongue?

It is possible: First HSV infection may be inside the mouth, but cold sores generally appear outside the mouth on the lips. ...Read more

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Cold sore on top lip and inside nostril, sore gums and roof of mouth?

Cold sore on top lip and inside nostril, sore gums and roof of mouth?

An outbreak. : Sounds like you have an outbreak of cold sores. They do come in numbers sometimes and the best thing do is go to your dentist or md and get a script for acyclovir. If you are prone to these outbreaks or even singular sores..Then have some of that drug on hand at all times. ...Read more

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Cold sores on my vagina?

Cold sores on my vagina?

You could have: Herpetic lesions on the vaginal area. Please see your gynecologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Are canker sores inside mouth (gums, inner cheek) a form of HSV 1? Never had any blister-like cold sores outside on/around lips.

Are canker sores inside mouth (gums, inner cheek) a form of HSV 1? Never had any blister-like cold sores outside on/around lips.

Canker sores?: Canker sores are ulcers of unknown origin. They may result from stress, citrus foods, irritation or trauma. They usually occur on the inside of the mouth and the tongue. Aphthous stomatitis (cold sores or fever blisters) are caused by the hsv-1 virus. They usually occur in clusters on the outside of the lips. Check with your dentist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment for pain. ...Read more

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Hard palate and lower lip canker sores. Speedy remedy?

Hard palate and lower lip canker sores. Speedy remedy?

Need to see dentist.: Canker sores do not typically occur on the hard palate. You have something else, perhaps a herpes infection or something else. See your dentist about this asap for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Do cold sores always appear on the lips?

Do cold sores always appear on the lips?

No: 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). ...Read more

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Do cold sores on the mouth also cause genital herpes?

Possible: Cold sore is cause by hsv i while genital herpes is usually caused by hsv ii. Could a cold sore cause genital herpes? It would be possible if the sore is actively shedding virus during oral sex. With cold sore, avoid contact until the lesion is healed over. ...Read more

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Are the sores on my tongue herpes?

Are the sores on my tongue herpes?

Herpetic sores: Hi it is hard to say that without looking at the sores and finding out symptoms. However, it is possible that the herpes virus can cause sores in the mouth . Please check with your physician and dentist as soon as possible ...Read more

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Rash on chin, around mouth and upper lip, small blister like pimples, causes?

Rash on chin, around mouth and upper lip, small blister like pimples, causes?

Uncertain: There are a # of possible causes. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis would be dermatological evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a white bump on inside of my bottom lip. Cold sore or canker sore?

I have a white bump on inside of my bottom lip. Cold sore or canker sore?

Don't know: There are too many possibilities that it could be. You need to see a doctor and have it looked at to have a real diagnosis. Both of your concerns (cold sore or canker sore) are possibilities along with lots of other things. Most are not serious but it would be a good idea to have it checked out. ...Read more

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Does cold sores grow inside the mouth? Like under the inner upper lip where red flesh is?

Cold sores: Cold sores may develop inside the mouth most commonly but may present almost anywhere on the face, inside or outside of the nose and lips. Cold sores are often referred to as "Fever Blisters". They often present as a cluster of blisters and some people report a "tingling" sensation before they actually appear. Cold sores are of viral origin and are contagious. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores and fever blisters in the mouth and lips?

What causes cold sores and fever blisters in the mouth and lips?

Virus: Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus and is a very common infection to get. It is estimated that 90+% of population has been exposed to this virus in childhood. Usually it is triggered by stress, lack of sleep, excess sunlight etc.. Sometimes people get them recurrently or once in awhile or sometimes once then never again. It depends but can be treated by Acyclovir and related drugs too. ...Read more

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Can the herpes virus spread to my lungs by licking a cold sore on my lips?

No: The kind of herpes virus that gives you a "cold sore" is almost always type I (versus type II which is the typical cause of genital herpes), and lives within your body controlled by your immune system, until there is some "stress" (like a cold) and it can come on on your lip. This may be recurrent (due to colds, sun exposure, other stressors). It typically does NOT spread, even to lungs. ...Read more

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Started with cold sore on cheek, sore on roof of month, feel like sores in throat now painful red dots on tip of my tongue.

Started with cold sore on cheek, sore on roof of month, feel like sores in throat now painful red dots on tip of my tongue.

Could be serious: This sounds like an innocent disease called herpangina from a virus that mostly affects children. And it is possible you have it, if you are exposed to children. However, you are 62. At this age some other more serious things could be happening and I would urge you to see a clinician soon. Meanwhile for comfort you can use warm salt water gargles and Tylenol. Good luck! ...Read more

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The cold sores on my upper lip are so painful what can I do to help that?!?

The cold sores on my upper lip are so painful what can I do to help that?!?

Moisture: Keeping the area moist with a balm like herpecin can decrease the cracking of the lip. Even better, at the first sign/feeling that it may be happening again, try abreva. ...Read more

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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small and 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 to the genitals, causing genital ...Read more