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Cold Sores Scabs
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long until cold sores are not contagious. My bfs scabs came off but we aren't sure if he is still contagious or not. How will we know for sure?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 get cold sores maybe once a year always in winter (cold) in same spot. They scab after 3 days & left a pink mark. Only used coco butter so far.
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?
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?
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
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?
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
The scab fell off my cold sore but now have like 4 little scabs in its place, yellow. My 1st cold sore. How do I clean it? With my hand or cloth?
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
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
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
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
Resolution.: Cold sores usually resolve within 7 to 10 days if left untreated. ...Read more
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