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I have what I assume to be a cold sore next to my nose. Does this mean that I have herpes? I have a sinus infection right now, could that have caused it

I have what I assume to be a cold sore next to my nose. Does this mean that I have herpes? I have a sinus infection right now, could that have caused it

Cold Sore: I think it best to go to your doctor and have him/her check this out. If it is a cold sore, there is medication you can take. If it is a bacterial infection, you may need antibiotics. Hope this helps! ...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 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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Yesterday, I had a cold sore under my nose, until today, it's still itchy how will this affect my eating?

Yesterday, I had a cold sore under my nose, until today, it's still itchy how will this affect my eating?

It shouldn't: Some food may be more irritating to the sore than others but you should be able to eat pretty much anything you normally do. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a cold sore under my nose, help me get rid of it please!?

What to do if I have a cold sore under my nose, help me get rid of it please!?

Antiviral cream: You need prescription meds like topical zovirax cream or oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) if it's really severe. ...Read more

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What can I put on a cold sore in my nose?

What can I put on a cold sore in my nose?

Nose sore: A small dab of oragel numbs the area. It is safe in nose. A tiny dab of neosporin with pain relief ointment helps. ...Read more

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Can you get a cold sore on bridge of your nose after a cold?

It could happen: Recurrent oral herpes (cold sore) outbreaks usually occur in pretty much the same place every time, usually on or near the lips. But it can happen anywhere nearby, including the nose. If the bridge of your nose is a new place, a cold sore is less likely. If this is your first possible outbreak, probably it's something else. If in doubt, see a doctor for professional evaluation and testing. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can wiping your nose a lot bring out a cold sore?

Hello docs. I was wondering can wiping your nose a lot bring out a cold sore?

Having an upper: Respiratory infection (which could cause a runny nose) may trigger cold sores. Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, uv rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period. ...Read more

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Never had a cold sore. Just developed one directly under my nose. What does this mean?

Exposure to HSV: This means that at some point, you have been exposed to someone who has had a cold sore, or carries the hsv (herpes) virus and was 'shedding' virus. Transmission can occur even if a cold sore is not present, fyi. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore in your nose be contagious if you pick it?

Can a cold sore in your nose be contagious if you pick it?

Cold sores: Yes. If the cold sore is painful, it is usually viral as in herpes. If it is an open sore and oozing, it could be strep or staph infection. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore in the healing stage. I have something in my nose that is sore. Could I have spred it to my nose that fast.

Probably not: It probably has nothing to do with your cold sore. Most likely it has to do with a slight infection of the hair follicles inside your nose. Try using some Bacitracin ointment inside your nose three times a day for a few days and see if that helps. If not you should see an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...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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Could it happen such that a cold sore in your nose be contagious during oral sex?

Yes: If it is a herpes simplex virus cold sore it can be spread to the genitalia during oro-genital contact. 10% of genital herpes infections are caused by the oral herpes simplex 1 virus.
Are you sure the nasal lesion is a cold sore and not a staph. Aureus infection? ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of a cold sore in the nose fast?

Your doctor can: Prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in European studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. ...Read more

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Since having a blister (cold sore) up my nose it hasn't healed and bleeds often..... Can you help?

Since having a blister (cold sore) up my nose it hasn't healed and bleeds often..... Can you help?

Needs attention: I would have a physician look at it. There are many reasons you could have a sore in your nose and most are benign but because its not healing you need a good plan for maintenance or observation. Maybe even a biopsy. ...Read more

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Need help. I've got a cold sore but I also have like a stuffy nose could that be the reason why I have one?

Possibly, an upper: Respiratory infection could be a trigger for a cold sore. Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, uv rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore spread if I wash my face? I get one on the columella of my nose. If I shower/wash my face, will it spread by water?

Possible: Good question and the answer is yes. However alot lower if washing that act is removing the virus and the cells that get infected. Now touching your face after the sore would be a mechanism of spread. ...Read more

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Boyfriend has cold sore-like rash on left side of nose that keeps peeling. Has been there for 6months. Scratching it makes it worse and inflamed.?

Boyfriend has cold sore-like rash on left side of nose that keeps peeling. Has been there for 6months. Scratching it makes it worse and inflamed.?

See doctor: A peeling rash lasting for 6 months should be examined by a doctor since it may be from a skin cancer even for someone about your age. ...Read more

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I never get cold sores in my nose, but have blown my nose a lot and irritated it. 3 tiny scabs came that don't hurt to touch, could it be a cold sore?

I never get cold sores in my nose, but have blown my nose a lot and irritated it. 3 tiny scabs came that don't hurt to touch, could it be a cold sore?

Possibly: Possibly it could be an infection transmitted via contact but it could just be abrasion from multiple blowing the nose and wiping the nose. A medicated ointment would help. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a cold sore scab fast? I get 1 by the same side of my nose since I was 7 every 2 yrs. Why? How do I stop it from happening?

Antibiotic ointment: I suggest Bacitracin ointment 2-3 times daily. Get some prescription for antivirus (eg valtrex) and start at first sign of blister the next time as the blister will be smaller, heal faster. ...Read more

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Hx of cold sores 1-2/yr. Just got over a cold with severe runny nose, now cold sore on corner of nose a week ago. Should I be worried it is spreading?

Hx of cold sores 1-2/yr. Just got over a cold with severe runny nose, now cold sore on corner of nose a week ago. Should I be worried it is spreading?

POSSIBLY: Though some may argue the possibility of "auto-innoculation" or spreading the virus to other tissues, it is common and frequent in my experience. Treat it with anti-viral meds (acyclovir or derivatives) either symptomatically or prophylactically. Best recommendation: don't touch a sore. Wash hands before and after using the bathroom. Inform your sexual partner (s) of possible infectivity ...Read more

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My nose is peeling and under it is raw red skin is that MRSA or a cold sore? I am a nurse

My nose is peeling and under it is raw red skin is that MRSA or a cold sore? I am a nurse

Probably neither: You will benefit from a diagnosis. Possibly you are reacting to something you have used there such as peroxide or alcohol or Bacitracin or neosporin, etc. When you go to the dermatologist, bring everything you have used. Avoid scrubbing. ...Read more

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I have had a cold for a few days and I have been blowing my nose a lot and now I have what looks like cold sore blisters below my nose. What can it be?

I have had a cold for a few days and I have been blowing my nose a lot and now I have what looks like cold sore blisters below my nose. What can it be?

Sore nose: This sounds like abrasions from blowing your nose so much with superficial skin breakdown. There may be a mild superficial localized infection in the skin. A topical antibiotic like neosporin or Bacitracin 2-3 times a day should clear it. If it gets worse, then go see your doctor or an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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I woke up with blisters on top of rim of left side of nose, look like blisters I get on lip when I have a cold sore. Help?

I woke up with blisters on top of rim of left side of nose, look like blisters I get on lip when I have a cold sore. Help?

Could be related: Yes what you are seeing on your nose may be a clinical manifestation of herpes. The best thing to do is see for doctor when such an eruption occurs and a culture can be obtained. There are many good topical and oral treatments for herpes to minimize flare ups. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more