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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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What are the symptoms of cold sores?

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 are the causes of canker sore?

What are the causes of canker sore?

Be sure of diagnosis: Get examined please. Canker sores are common aphthous ulcers of mouth that occur situationally, often in response to stressors, are bacterial or viral, & can be treated topically with many otc products that reduce local discomfort &potentially speed healing. However, oral/dental problems &a number of systemic diseases cause canker sore-like lesions--crohn's, behcet's, STD to mention a few. ...Read more

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What are the causes of canker sores in the throat?

What are the causes of canker sores in the throat?

Unknown: One of the mysteries of medicine. No known causes. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cold cough?

What are the causes of cold cough?

Virus/ allergy/ bac: There are many viruses, allergens and bacteria that can cause a cold and a cough. Most people will improve with time and many meds can help with symptoms. If symptoms persist more than 1 or 2 weeks or if they are severe seek out your doctor for help. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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What are the stages of cold sores episodes?

What are the stages of cold sores episodes?

3 I know of: Itchiness, eruption (seeing the sore) which can last 10-14 days and resolution. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of canker sores in the throat?

What are the symptoms of canker sores in the throat?

Pain , soreness: On the sore site (gum & lips, floor of mouth, tongue. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a canker sore?

What are the symptoms of a canker sore?

Canker sore: Canker sores are white ulcerations, or crater,with a red border usually on the floor of your mouth, or the area where your cheek meets the gum tissues. They last about a week and will heal naturally. ...Read more

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What are the stages of a cold sore?

What are the stages of a cold sore?

3 stages: Stage 1 the virus enters the shin thru a small break or abrasion in the skin and a sore may develope. Stage 2 the vius moves into your nerve tissue. Stage 3 the virus awakens due to stress and causes new sore or symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a cold sore that is herpetic?

What are the symptoms of a cold sore that is herpetic?

Fever, pain, burning: Fever, tireness, muscle aches, pain, burning senstion, tingling, or itching at the site of the sore. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of ulcers and cold sores?

What are possible causes of ulcers and cold sores?

Virus and Stress: Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) may be caused by a virus that stays inactive in your body until you are stressed or experience illness such as a cold. In addition, it could be caused by a vitamin B12 or vitamin d deficiency. Take a multi-vitamin everyday, spend some time in the sun, and find ways decrease stress. Your dentist or doctor can also prescribe an antiviral. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a fever blister or cold sore?

What are the causes of a fever blister or cold sore?

Virus: Cold sores are normally caused by herpes simplex i & most people have this virus living in the nerves of the mouth. Some rarely have outbreaks while others have them more frequently - usually when under stress. Your md or dentist can prescribe medication to help them resolve faster & reduce the outbreaks. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a fever blister or cold sore?

What are the causes of a fever blister or cold sore?

Skin contact: Herpes simplex or fever blisters are a viral infection transmitted by skin to skin contact with someone who has been infected with the herpes virus. Herpes can be transmitted by someone that does not have an active lesion at the time of contact so active lesions are not necessary to transmit the virus to someone else. ...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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What are the signs of a canker sore?

What are the signs of a canker sore?

In side the mouth: It is a sore area inside the mouth usually located on the cheeks, lips, or under the tongue. It looks whitish with a red area around the outside and can last a couple weeks. It is not found on the gums or roof of the mouth. ...Read more

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What are the causes of perpetual sore throat?

What are the causes of perpetual sore throat?

Sore throat: Some of the more common things that lead to a persistent sore throat include allergies, sinus infection and reflux. A persistent cold would be unusual, but if you have had back-to-back viral infections, this could explain it, too. You could have strep throat or tonsillitis. You could have viral or bacterial pharyngitis. You could even have tonsillolith or tonsil stones that you can see. ...Read more

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What are the common remedies for getting rid of cold sores?

Laser treatment: Our best results is treating the lesions as they are just beginning with a ercr:ysgg laser. ...Read more

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What are the causes of mouth sores or canker sores?

What are the causes of mouth sores or canker sores?

Various causes...: Food allergies, traumas due to injury borh physical, thermal or chemical. A very common disease is auto immune called lichen planus easily treated after a good diagnosis...Other diseases can cause these problems and should be ruled out... Chuck. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a cold sore or herpes?

What are the signs and symptoms of a cold sore or herpes?

Sxs: What are the symptoms? Cold sores can cause pain of lip/ mouth with blisters. They may be accompanied by fever, swollen glands & sore throat. ...Read more