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Do cold sores itch?

Do cold sores itch?

They can: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril & sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain & itching. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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Do canker sores turn into cold sores?

Do canker sores turn into cold sores?

No: Cold sores are caused by a virus, and canker sores are auto-immune (some suspect a bacterial or viral link, but that's not proven). In either case, one type of sore does not change into the other. ...Read more

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Do cold sores bleed?

Do cold sores bleed?

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

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Are all cold sores herpes?

Yes: But are all cold sores properly labeled and diagnosed ...THAT is the question! ...Read more

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How are cold sores (herpes simplex) and canker sores different?

How are cold sores (herpes simplex) and canker sores different?

Canker vs Cold Sore: Here is a great comprehensive answer to your question: http://www.Uhs.Umich.Edu/coldcankersores. ...Read more

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Do cold sores have whiteheads?

Do cold sores have whiteheads?

No: Apthous ulcers (cold sores) are usually shallow, ulcerative with a crater in the center, and painful. Generally do not have a white pustule in the center. ...Read more

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Why do cold sores always blister?

Why do cold sores always blister?

Location of virus: Herpes outbreaks (cold sores) create viral inclusion bodies in the outer layer of skin (the epidermis). The presence of these viral inclusion bodies disrupts the normal architecture of the epidermis, allowing for the formation of blisters. ...Read more

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How are cold sores different from canker sores?

How are cold sores different from canker sores?

Many differences: Canker sores and cold sores are common disorders of the mouth, irritating millions of americans. Although many people use the terms canker sore and cold sore synonymously, they are different conditions. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus and are contagious while canker sores cause is unclear and is not considered contagious. ...Read more

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Are canker sores contagious?

Are canker sores contagious?

NOT contagious: 'cold sores' are caused by virus=herpes simplex. Canker sores are associated with dental work, extra brushing, mouth injuries, spicy or acidic foods. Toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulfate have been implicated. Canker sores may also occur in immunosuppressed patients(or hiv). Also noted are food sensitivities: chocolate, coffee, strawberries, nuts, cheese and acidic foods, e.g. Pineapple. ...Read more

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Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Cold sores - HSV1: Yes - cold sores and fever blisters are the same thing and are most commonly caused by HSV-1. Rarely, HSV-2 can cause oral herpes given the increased practices of oral sex compared with decades ago (i.e. the 1950s). You will note STRESS causes these to come out (for example after a fever from another illness), so best to keep stress levels to an absolute minimum. These are infectious to others BTW ...Read more

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Cold sore scar is contagious?

Cold sores are: Reported to be contagious until the lesion actually heals over. ...Read more

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Difference between canker sores and cold sores?

Vrus vs. environment: A canker sore or aphthous ulcer usually is caused by stress to movable tissue areas and has a white center surrounded by a reddish area.. The stress could be from food allergy or caused by trauma. A cold sore is caused by the herpes simplex virus and occurs around the lips and could infect the throat and can affect gum tissue as well. ...Read more

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Can lip picking with no cold sores cause genital herpes?

No: Once someone has been infected with herpes more than a few months, the virus they is not transmitted to other body areas. Even with active cold sores, herpes is never transmitted to a person's own genital area. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Cold sore = herpes simplex virus 1?

Cold sore = herpes simplex virus 1?

Eat Yogurt: Herpes simplex virus is when you get little cold sores on the outside of your mouth or the tip of your nose. Try not to touch the cold sore, you could spred it to other parts of your face or eyes. Steep a tea bag then cool it- apply to cold sore to releive pain. Lysine, 3, 000 milligrams daily until the sore goes away. Or eat yogurt which is rich in lysine. You can buy lip clear which has lysine. ...Read more

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Can anbesol cream (for canker sores) work on cold sores?

Be Careful: It is important to know that "cold sores" are caused by a virus called the Herpes virus. They are easily spread from one person to another. A canker sore, or Aphtous ulcer, is probably caused by an autoimmune reaction (the body fighting itself) Medicine for one of these is not intended for the other type of mouth sore. The anbesol cream is probably mostly for numbing the sore. ...Read more

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Do cold sores usually hurt?

Yes: Cold sites hurt due to the damage caused by the viral outbreak. The initial tingly stage, called a prodrome, progresses to a vesicular, or blistering, outbreak which is quite painful. Once the vesicles burst, the lesion scabs and generally is no longer painful. Total time 7-14 days. ...Read more

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I have little scabs inside my nose that don't hurt when i touch them, but could they be cold sores? I don't get them there but have blown my nose a lot

I have little scabs inside my nose that don't hurt when i touch them, but could they be cold sores? I don't get them there but have blown my nose a lot

Nasal Vestibulitis: Crusting in nostrils where nasal hairs are located is common and can be treated with topical antibiotic ointment. Blowing your nose a lot with tissue papers can cause direct irritation to skin and is not recommended. See an ENT doctor! ...Read more

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First thought it was HSV1/cold sores but no reddening, pain, crusting, itching, or scabs. Feels like bumpy lips and chapped...not sure what this is.

First thought it was HSV1/cold sores but no reddening, pain, crusting, itching, or scabs. Feels like bumpy lips and chapped...not sure what this is.

Needs to be seen...: A diagnosis can't be given via this online question format --- a physician needs to see the areas of concern to be able to determine the cause. You should make an appointment with your physician (or consider the video virtual consult feature of HealthTap Prime) if the areas of concern persist. ...Read more

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I never get cold sores in my nose, but have blown my nose a lot and irritated it. 3 tiny scabs came that don't hurt to touch, could it be a cold sore?

I never get cold sores in my nose, but have blown my nose a lot and irritated it. 3 tiny scabs came that don't hurt to touch, could it be a cold sore?

Possibly: Possibly it could be an infection transmitted via contact but it could just be abrasion from multiple blowing the nose and wiping the nose. A medicated ointment would help. ...Read more

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My daughter keeps getting cold sores. Lots of dots then scab. Anything preventative I can do?

My daughter keeps getting cold sores. Lots of dots then scab. Anything preventative I can do?

Antiviral: Some antiviral medications have been shown to be helpful in preventing flare ups and decreasing the severity of the flare ups that occur. Talk to her doctor about what options are available. ...Read more

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I had a number of cold sores and they are now healing and I have a large scab on my face. Should I put neosporin or anything to make it heal faster?

Cold sores: you could put neosporin on the open lesions but taking prophylactic antivirus may be better. In addition taking it when you have an outbreak may help better ...Read more

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Scab on top lip no past of cold sores or dry/cracking lips. 2 wks now, keeps scabbing & peeling (not picking) Have tried keeping wet 1wk then dry 1wk?

Scab on top lip no past of cold sores or dry/cracking lips.  2 wks now, keeps scabbing & peeling (not picking) Have tried keeping wet 1wk then dry 1wk?

See your doctor: Since it is persisting for 2 weeks, you should see your doctor to have it evaluated. In the meantime, look for any changes in products you use on lips, toothpaste, facial cleansers to make sure no new ingredients have caused an issue. ...Read more

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How many scabs form for a cold sore until it's completely healed?

Cold sores: In general, most cold sores will resolve within 10-14 days. There is no science in predicting how many scabs a sore has to go through before it is completely healed. That can depend on a lot of factors, such as a patient picking at the lesion over and over. All the best! ...Read more

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I have a cold sore it scabbed and fell off but now looks like another scab is forming i'm wondering how many scabs have to before it's completely gone?

I have a cold sore it scabbed and fell off but now looks like another scab is forming i'm wondering how many scabs have to before it's completely gone?

One or more: No magic number, depends on skin conditions, moisture, picking at it, etc. More important is how well-healed / progressed the lesion is under scab when/if it comes off. ...Read more

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Once cold sore scabs over, should you keep it moisturized or dry out?

Keep moist: Once a wound has scabbed over, it does tend to heal better when it stays moist, at least until the scab comes off. Vaseline works really well for this. ...Read more

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Cold sore may have brushed the very slightest against his lips. Almost gone and scabs came off. Left with mark that hurts on my lip. Will he get it! ?

Possible: It is possible that he will get it but it is also possible that he already has the virus and has just not had an outbreak yet or that he didn't get exposed to enough virus to get it. Wish I could give you a more definite answer but only time will tell for sure. ...Read more

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What works in taking care of a cold sore scab?

What works in taking care of a cold sore scab?

Cold sores: 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

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Is it bad to peal off my cold sore scab?

YES, it is bad: It will expose the fluids which are teaming with viruses. Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. >. ...Read more

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What should I put on my cold sore that has started to scab?

Cold Sore: If it is scabbing it is almost healed so nothing or a little vasoline so it does not open when you move your lips. ...Read more

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What can you do after the scab of a cold sore fell off?

Scabbing: Remain aware that even if the scab is no longer on the cold sore that you can still spread herpes through viral shedding. ...Read more

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How to make a cold sore scab heal faster so I wont shed?

How to make a cold sore scab heal faster so I wont shed?

Choices offerred: Medically the options are: 1. Topical 2. Oral pills. Over the counter topical are focused on symptomatic relief-not much for decreasing healing time. Prescription meds like topical acyclovir/penciclovir reduces healing time by 1/2 day as well as decrease pain. Oral meds like famvir/valtrex/zovirax decrease the duration during an outbreak of herpes simplex-cold sores. ...Read more