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Doctor insights on: Do You Get Back Your Normal Lips Back Without A Scar After Cold Sore Is Gone

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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 very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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How do you get rid of a cold sore scar on your lip??

How do you get rid of a cold sore scar on your lip??

Limited options: If you are referring to an active cold sore, medications like Valtrex (valacyclovir) can speed healing a little bit, but it mostly needs just time. If you are talking about a true scar it will become less noticeable in time, but scars can really only be revised, not eliminated. Talk with a plastic surgeon about your management options. ...Read more

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I get cold sores and this last one I had left a bright red spot on my lip. Like a scar. The cold sore is healed though. Will this scar go away?

I get cold sores and this last one I had left a bright red spot on my lip. Like a scar. The cold sore is healed though. Will this scar go away?

Yes, most likely: Most cold sores are pretty superficial and will leave a reddened area for a while which usually fades over months, not days. If the cold sore had a secondary infection or the scab was picked, it can injury the deeper layer of skin and cause it to scar. This generally doesn't happen ...Read more

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So I have a scar on the skin below the lips from a cold sore about 3 months now. Should i be applying something to it or just pray it gets better?

So I have a scar on the skin below the lips from a cold sore about 3 months now. Should i be applying something to it or just pray it gets better?

Keeping it moist: May benefit.... Don't get caught up in all of the magic cures that have not had the test of science...... There are many out there. The best person to ask is your friendly neighborhood dermatologist. ...Read more

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What can be done for a red scar right above my upper lip caused by a cold sore?

What can be done for a red scar right above my upper lip caused by a cold sore?

Silicone: Gels. Biocorneum. Whyskin.Com has best prices. Lasers may activate cold sores so i wouldnt do that. Time will help too. ...Read more

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Will vitamin E work well for getting rid of cold sore scar on the upper lip area?

No: There is very little evidence to suggest that vitamin e will help treat a cold sore. ...Read more

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Is ginger root good for returning color to a scar on the lip that is scarred from a cold sore? Dark brown lips with a reddish patch on upper lip.

Is ginger root good for returning color to a scar on the lip that is scarred from a cold sore? Dark brown lips with a reddish patch on upper lip.

No data to support : Ginger is purported to have antiimflamatory properties, so one might think it would help healing scars. But I do not believe there is sound scientific data to support that it would help to return color to your lip. ...Read more

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I need help, I have had a scar on my top lip for about over a year now and I don't know if it is a cold sore/HSv-1. Any insight?

I need help, I have had a scar on my top lip for about over a year now and I don't know if it is a cold sore/HSv-1. Any insight?

Oral herpes: If you had a typical herpes outbreak at that spot, maybe that's the cause of the scar. Otherwise, HSV isn't the cause. If you have oral herpes, it is not active (and low risk of transmission) until and unless you have a fresh outbreak with new blisters or sores. Up to half of all adults have oral HSV1, so you wouldn't be alone. A blood test can tell if you have HSV1, but probably not necessary. ...Read more

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I have a red spot after having a cold sore on my lip. What is the best treatment to help the scar go away? Mederma?

I have a red spot after having a cold sore on my lip. What is the best treatment to help the scar go away? Mederma?

Depends on where...: Hi there, to adequately answer your question I would need a couple more pieces of information. (1) where exactly is the red spot? By that I mean is it on the red smooth "inner" part of the lip or is it on skin on the "outer" part of the lip? (2) how long ago did the cold sore go away? Mederma can work if it is on the outside, but not inside the lip. ...Read more

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I had a cold sore then it healed and turned white and now it won't tan. It's pretty big around my mouth. How can I get it back to normal?

I had a cold sore then it healed and turned white and now it won't tan. It's pretty big around my mouth. How can I get it back to normal?

Not much to do: When the skin is lighter after a problem at that location, it is called post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. That means the area lost some pigment-making cells, or the pigment-making cells are there but not making as much pigment. Thus, there is less (or very little) color there. The color returns in most cases and can take months to a year. If worried, one can see a Dermatologist after 1-2 months. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your lip to swell when you get a cold sore?

Is it normal for your lip to swell when you get a cold sore?

Cold sore: Yes, it is. A cold sore is an open wound and as such the surrounding tissues will swell in an effort to help it heal. ...Read more

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Is it normal if you get a canker sore or a cold sore for your lip to swell really bad?

Is it normal if you get a canker sore or a cold sore for your lip to swell really bad?

No, see doc soon...: Uncomplicated canker sore or cold sore of lip should run its uneventful course though expecting to suffer from topical pain. Topical undue swelling needs to be checked out ASAP to see if developing nearby soft tissue infection-cellulitis. To do things correctly, follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. Best wishes to health... ...Read more

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How do I know when my cold sore is gone? I get swollen lower lip, no blister or sore. Swab tested HSV1 +ve. Mostly healed, very dry and chapped lips

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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How do I know when my cold sore is gone? I get swollen lower lip, no blister or sore. Swab tested HSV1 +ve. Mostly healed, very dry and chapped lips

Chapped lips + HSV1: also called cheilitis is a common, treatable and preventable condition. Stay hydrated, apply lubricant, do not lick your lips and use your nose for breathing. No other treatment is necessary.
There no cure for HSV1 infection and often stress is an aggravating factor. Cold sores generally clear up without treatment within 10-14 days. Hope it helps. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more