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I get cold sores on my skin. What should I do?

I get cold sores on my skin. What should I do?

You may do nothing.: Depends. Some people thought it just an annoying condition, 7-10 days later, it would go away anyway. So do nothing is an reasonable option. Some people thought it's serious, then you need help from dermatologists who may prescribed oral medicine like Acyclovir to stop it. ...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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Why do you get cold sores? Am I treating my skin badly?

Why do you get cold sores? Am I treating my skin badly?

A viral infection: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. Pre-teen children's cold sores are non-std's. They get the virus from family & friends. ...Read more

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If you get cold sores can you still give oral sex? Even though a cold sore is not present and is dormant under the skin? Will it do anything?

If you get cold sores can you still give oral sex? Even though a cold sore is not present and is dormant under the skin? Will it do anything?

Herpes simplex: This virus can be transmitted by oral sex with or without the presence of active lesions. On the other hand, if you have been intimate with the other party previously they probably have already been infected. Discuss the options with your partner. ...Read more

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How to you get cold sores on your bottom?

How to you get cold sores on your bottom?

Possible herpes?: One possibility is herpes, which is a viral infection that lives in a nerve tract once it enters the body and may recur from time to time. Other possibilities may relate to pressure on the area or other dermatologic causes. Less obvious cause could even be gluten intolerance. All conjecture until a dermatologist actually sees it and hears more about the history. Don't try to treat it yourself. ...Read more

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How come i always get cold sores on my lips?

How come i always get cold sores on my lips?

Triggers: To prevent cold sores from occurring wash hands often. Maintain a healthful lifestyle (regular exercise, nutritious diet, adequate sleep, keeping stress at bay). Keep lips well moisturized & apply sun screen to the areas that your cold sores normally pop up. Talk with your physician about supplementing with lysine. ...Read more

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Can you get cold sores on your feet?

Can you get cold sores on your feet?

I am not aware of : Herpes simplex type i affecting the feet. It often is found on the lips, skin around mouth, nose, chin, mouth, cheeks, & even eye or genitalia. I will flag this question & ask one of the infectious disease doctors to also provide an answer. ...Read more

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Can u get cold sores on yr arms & back ofhands?

Can u get cold sores on yr arms & back ofhands?

Yes: You could get cold sores any place on your body if someone kisses you while they have an active cold sore. ...Read more