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How do I know if I have a cold sore?

How do I know if I have a cold sore?

Cold sore: Your doctor can identify a cold sore. A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It breaks open ; releases fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex type 1 virus. ...Read more

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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How do I know if I have a cold sore or herpes?

How do I know if I have a cold sore or herpes?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold sore or pimple?

Cold Sore: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It is filled with fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex virus. I am assuming that you already know the various appearances of acne. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold sore in my nose or shingles?

How do I know if I have a cold sore in my nose or shingles?

Distribution.: Cold sores are typically a single blister, or a small solitary group of blisters. Shingles would usually extend from your nose along one cheek, and around to the back of the head. But not every case is typical, and there are other causes of sores in the nose, such as bacteria, traumatic injury, and various tumors. If the sore persists, let your doctor take a look and tell you exactly what it is. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have stis, I have cold sore?

HV 1 or 2 ?: Oral herpes is a common infection of the mouth area. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1). There are two types of hsv, termed hsv-1 and hsv-2. See links for more information: 1) http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/oral_herpes/article_em.Htm 2) http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000606.Htm. ...Read more

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Its been 4 days and my cold sore hasnt completly formed. Last time i had a cold sore it completely formed on the 2nd day, I don't know if I have a cold sore.

Its been 4 days and my cold sore hasnt completly formed. Last time i had a cold sore it completely formed on the 2nd day, I don't know if I have a cold sore.

COLD SORES DO NOT LO: Cold sores do not behave and look the same all the time and it may be different this time.If it is cold sore it will dry soon and clear up in few days. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a cold sore in the middle of my upper lip but it doesn't really look like one?

Cold sores: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. If uncertain - your doctor can determine. ...Read more

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I don't know if I have a cold sore or not. The don't rle tingle and it hasn't been like 10 days one day I woke up n had like zits on round my mouth.

See your doctor.: You should be seen by your doctor. The diagnosis can't be made properly without being seen. You may have a bacterial infection as opposed to cold sores, which are caused by a virus....the treatment is different. ...Read more