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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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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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I've gotten 4 large bleeding cold sores in past 5 months. On aclivir for 12 months. Any prescription for relief? Over the counter creams don't help.

I've gotten 4 large bleeding cold sores in past 5 months. On aclivir for 12 months. Any prescription for relief?  Over the counter creams don't help.

Recurrent cold sores: Sometimes cold sores (herpes simplex infections) break through antiviral medication treatments like acyclovir. That can happen because Acyclovir may not be strong enough. There are two stronger and longer acting antiviral medications, valacyclovir and famcyclovir that may do better at preventing recurrence. Recurrence is also more likely if daily doses are skipped even once in a while. ...Read more

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If cold sores can be popped-whitish fluid-can they bleed after popping-like a pimple would-or is this more typical of a pimple? Unsure if HSV or zit

If cold sores can be popped-whitish fluid-can they bleed after popping-like a pimple would-or is this more typical of a pimple? Unsure if HSV or zit

Yes: Any open sore can bleed in the end with pressure as there are some blood vessels there. We don't recommend you popping them as this may cause risk of infection in an open sore. ...Read more

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What counts as a sore that can contract an std, aside from cold sores, by kissing? Does it have to be a bleeding sore or does any sore pose a risk?

What counts as a sore that can contract an std, aside from cold sores, by kissing?  Does it have to be a bleeding sore or does any sore pose a risk?

Open sore: Any ulceration can be problematic and either represent an infection or develop into an infection. If a ulcer (sore) is present it needs proper wound care. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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My 11-year-old daughter has a bleeding cold sore on the roof of her mouth, which appears pale, with other small sores. One side of her throat hurts.

My 11-year-old daughter has a bleeding cold sore on the roof of her mouth, which appears pale, with other small sores.  One side of her throat hurts.

Viral Infection: Sounds like she has a viral infection such as Hand Foot and Mouth Disease or Herpangina. they are caused by a herpes like virus called Coxsackie. Generally these are viruses that young( ...Read more

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How do I stop my cold sore from peeling? When a cold sore peels is it supposed to bleed?

How do I stop my cold sore from peeling?   When a cold sore peels is it supposed to bleed?

You can lubricate: You can use vaseline or Aquaphor or chapstick. It will heal in a week or so. If you get these, you can take a pill at the first tingling (prodrome) which will make it less severe and heal sooner. Valacyclovir and acyclovir are used for this. Medicines applied to the sores are not worth much, in spite of their claims. A prescription needs to be filled in anticipation of the next attack because it m ...Read more

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My cold sore turned in to a cut on my lip and it keeps splitting open and bleeding. What can I do to make it heal?

My cold sore turned in to a cut on my lip and it keeps splitting open and bleeding. What can I do to make it heal?

Try this: If this does not help, then please see a dentist: try putting vitamin e on the cut. To do this you break open a gel cap and put the oily vitamin on the cut several times a day. If it does not go away, have it checked. ...Read more

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I had a small cold sore and tiny cut on my lip, which was not bleeding. I shared a cigarette with stranger, what sort of diseases i can get?

Rare..: It would be very uncommon to see you infected with any disease just for the fact of sharing a cigarette, unless you knew that this person suffers from a particular disease. Cold sores are very common and will probably go away in a few days. Lip balms will help recover. If no improvement after 10 days, see a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Patterson
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Bleeding (Definition)

Bleeding is a term describing the loss of blood. It can occur inside the body due to damage to blood vessels or organs or outside the body during menstruation or when there is a ...Read more