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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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Bad cold sore throat congested head and nausea sign of pregancy?

Bad cold sore throat congested head and nausea sign of pregancy?

No: Although early morning and sometimes later in day nausea may be associated with pregnancy the other manifestations suggest you have a viral illness. ...Read more

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Is itchy, sore throat (w/ coughs) normally accompanied by warm sensation around neck?Had sore throats bfore w/o warm sensation.Home remedies/treatment?

Is itchy, sore throat (w/ coughs) normally accompanied by warm sensation around neck?Had sore throats bfore w/o warm sensation.Home remedies/treatment?

Itchy sore throat: Your complaint may be due to a post nasal drip, allergies or sinus problems. However, it is always best to get a throat culture to rule out a strep throat. Home remedies may be salt water rinses. Or saline nose drops depending on cause. ...Read more

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I had a fever, runny nose, headache, chills, cold sore, and mouth sore all appear at the same time. What could this be?

I had a fever, runny nose, headache, chills, cold sore, and mouth sore all appear at the same time. What could this be?

Infection: With fever, chills and headache, your symptoms likely represent some kind of infection. If your runny nose is mostly clear, it is probably a viral infection. I'd recommend increasing fluids, taking some anti-oxidants and vitamins. Chicken soup still works great and has some clinical research to back its use. ...Read more

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Could i spread a cold sore by hands ?

Could i spread a cold sore by hands ?

Herpetic Whitlow: Is when herpes is spread to hands. It can be spread to other parts of the body as well -it you touch an active lesion that is teaming with herpes virus. ...Read more

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Are sore boobs, fever, cough & catarrh an early symptom of pregnancy?

Are sore boobs, fever, cough & catarrh an early symptom of pregnancy?

Can't understand: Part of the question. Temp may ^ with pregnancy - but should not be a fever. Breasts can be sore. Cough is not a pregnancy symptom. The only thing which is diagnostic in early pregnancy is a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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For the last week, sore throat, sore neck glands, hot flashes no fever. What is this?

For the last week, sore throat, sore neck glands, hot flashes no fever. What is this?

Dr. can check throat: Infections of the tonsils, throat, neck lymph nodes, or sinuses, can cause sore throat and neck ache. For some people, ear pressure or ear pain can also cause sore throat, and neck ache or headache. A primary care doctor can check to see if it is a routine problem such as strep throat, which needs antibiotics. For pain, there is Tylenol (acetaminophen), Motrin, and other over-the-counter drugs. ...Read more

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Feel cold like symptoms but it never ends in a cold. Just weak cold symptoms?

Feel cold like symptoms but it never ends in a cold. Just weak cold symptoms?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor and have an evaluation, for among other things, to exclude hypothyroidism.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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First signs of sore throat. Any home remedies?

First signs of sore throat. Any home remedies?

Yes: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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Do a cold sore pusses?

Do a cold sore pusses?

It can appear so..: Small cold sores often appear with just slightly yellowish fluid (plasma-like) but larger ones can look like puss-filled lesion. The body white blood cells attack the virus, cause inflammation, fluid accumulation and thus appears as puss. These often resolves spontaneously. If it becomes larger and large with more redness/pain, it could secondary infection/boil. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is sore throat and cough is sign of early pregnancy?

Is sore throat and cough is sign of early pregnancy?

Early pregnancy: Even though there are several symptoms can happen with early pregnancy usually becomes apparent 5- 6 wks from first day of last menstrual period. Sorethroat and cough are probably not one among them. Have it checked out. ...Read more

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Is tingling and pulsing a sympthom of an oncoming cold sore?

Is tingling and pulsing a sympthom of an oncoming cold sore?

Possibly: Your description could indicate a coming cold sore. Try keeping the area lubricated with carmex or abreva. If this gets worse, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Painful throat,low grade fever,night sweats for first 2 nights, nasal congestion, bad cough, is this sign of HIV ARS at 3 weeks? Or viral infection?

Painful throat,low grade fever,night sweats for first 2 nights,  nasal congestion, bad cough, is this sign of HIV ARS at 3 weeks?  Or viral infection?

Virus: It sounds like a bad cold or the flu. Start with hydration, rest and OTC rx. If it persists then see your doctor for a good checkup especially if the cough persists. ( may be bronchitis or less likely pneumonia) ...Read more

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What can I do for a cold at home. Feeling cold and hot, sneezing, sore throat, dry cough and runny nose . Is this flu?

What can I do for a cold at home. Feeling cold and hot, sneezing, sore throat, dry cough and runny nose . Is this flu?

Influenza usually: Manifests with severe headache, cough, and high fevers. Home remedies are antipyretics, antihistamines, cough supressants, and decongestants, all otc. Make sure you stay well hydrated, use a vaporizer, rest, and avoid allergens. See a doctor if it lasts more than a week. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had a sore neck, headache, stuffy nose & sore throat for 3 days. Is this just a cold?

Had a sore neck, headache, stuffy nose & sore throat for 3 days. Is this just a cold?

Sounds like...: If these symptoms have been going on just for there days and not severe or worsening over a period of the next week then should be resolved on its own. However in order to improve quicker plenty of fluids and rest are very important. ...Read more

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Is hot and cold flashes and hurting boobs a sign of pregnancy?

Is hot and cold flashes and hurting boobs a sign of pregnancy?

Breast : Tenderness ; swelling can be. Take a home pregnancy test if you are late for your period. ...Read more

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Do cracked lips later turn into a cold sore?

Do cracked lips later turn into a cold sore?

Depends.: Cracked lips alone probably would not turn into a cold sore. However if the cracked lip is the result of a sun burn, then this would likely trigger a cold sore. ...Read more