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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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I have a cold sore and was wondering whether it could be an impetigo spot?

I have a cold sore and was wondering whether it could be an impetigo spot?

Cold sore: For people who do develop signs and symptoms, a cold sore usually passes through several stages, which include: tingling and itching. Many people feel an itching, burning or tingling sensation around their lips for a day or two before cold sore blisters erupt. Blisters. Small fluid-filled blisters typically break out along the border where the outside edge of the lips meets the skin of the face. ...Read more

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Can cold sore be turned into impetigo?

Can cold sore be turned into impetigo?

Uncommon: A cold sore is typically caused by a viral infection. Impetigo is a bacterial infection. While uncommon, the cold sore can become secondarily infected by the bacteria that causes impetigo. You should notice a honey-crust appearance with impetigo and a lesion that persists longer than usual. ...Read more

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Can you have a cold sore that turns into impetigo?

Can you have a cold sore that turns into impetigo?

Not exactly: Most cold sores are caused by a virus while most impetigo is due to bacteria such as staphylococcus. One does not lead to the other. However, if you have a weakened immune system then you may be at risk to develop both of these problems around the same time. ...Read more

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How do cold sores accur?

How do cold sores accur?

Virus: Two kinds of these are common, and both caused by virus. Least worrisome, is the aphthous ulcer. Occurs on the soft tissues of the mouth -- inside lips, cheeks, under tongue. The worse one is herpes.The first time you get it, it can be anywhere in the mouth and outside the mouth. After that , in the mouth, it will only be on tight tissues -- roof of mouth, and right along gum line around teeth. ...Read more

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How to remove cold sores?

How to remove cold sores?

Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. ...Read more

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How dangerous are cold sores?

How dangerous are cold sores?

THEY ARE NOT: Dangerous at all, very annoying though depending on location. ...Read more

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How to remove your cold sores?

How to remove your cold sores?

Options: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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What is the cause of cold sores?

What is the cause of cold sores?

Direct Contact: Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv). They are typically transmitted through broken skin. Sometimes through kissing, sharing eating utensils or drinking cups, or other forms of touching another person's saliva. ...Read more

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How to stop recurring cold sores?

Talk to MD: First make sure that you don't have an immune problem. May need oral meds and suppression. ...Read more

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What are reasons to get cold sores?

Herpes: Cold sore are caused only by the herpes simplex virus. There is no cure yet but they can be controlled with otc meds like abreva or rx like Valtrex (valacyclovir) or acyclovir. Common triggers to breakouts are mental/emotional stress, illness, severe environmental change (bitter cold). Basically things that stress your body. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cold sores?

Burning and pain: A cold sore is caused by a common virus-herpes simplex. They begin as a burning sensation in the lip area and this is followed by the formation of a blister. The blister ruptures and leaves a painful ulceration that then crusts over and heals within 10-14 days. There are some topical agents that can speed healing or abort the formation of the blister if caught early. ...Read more

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What is cold sores look and feel like?

Blister: Herpes simplex (cold sores/ fever blisters) arise from virus hibernating in a nerve. If the immune system is down & ignores the virus due to stress, concurrent illness (hence fever blister or cold sore), steroids, immunosuppressant medicines or chemo the virus reactivates. 1st most feel itching/burning in a local area of the lip/nose/tongue, then a red area forms followed by a painful blister. ...Read more

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Could I have an immunity to cold sores?

Most people have: Been exposed to herpes simplex virus 1 at some point ; don't have cold sores. ...Read more

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Should you keep cold sores moist or dry?

Medicated,Moist: A cold sore is contagious when it is cracked and weeping. It can infect another mucus membrane( ie: eye, ) or another person. There are prescription medications that help to heal the sore and therefore help to stop the spread of the virus. These are ointments and keep it soft with less cracking. Avoid touching the cold sore and if you do, wash your hands immediately afterwards. No kissing too! ...Read more

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What's the optimal ointment for cold sores?

TYPE I HERPES: Zovirax (acyclovir) ointment 5% is effective for many individuals who suffer from recurrent cold sores. It is best applied when the first signs of a cold sore appear....That itchy, tingly sensation in the lip along with the slightly elevated area where it will eventually break out. Apply very small amounts up to 6-8 times a day until all signs of the lesion disappear. Keep some on hand and begin early. ...Read more

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6 cold sores in less then a month what cold it be ?

Herpes Simplex: Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus (hsv1) usually (though it can be hsv2) that many sores in a short period could be due to stress or trauma. You note that you have "mouth ulcers" which are generally white while herpes is red. You are also on heavy pain meds & no reason given for them but that may be the stressor. Your dentist can determine what you have & give meds to help. ...Read more

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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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How to treat cold sores?

How to treat cold sores?

Cold Sores: If you have frequent cold sores, you can talk with your doctor about acyclovir. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus and Acyclovir is an antiviral. Over the counter regiments include drugs such as abreva. ...Read more

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

A bacterial skin infection ...Read more