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How do cold sores look like in relation to herpes?

How do cold sores look like in relation to herpes?

One in the same: Cold sores are lesions caused by herpes visrus infections. They can be mucocutaneous (the lips) or genital. Depending on the location usually dictates with variant of the human herpes virus has infected that skin. ...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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Could these little white things on my lips look like cold sores?

Could these little white things on my lips look like cold sores?

Two possibilities: You may have a small cysts called milia or you just may be seeing the opening to your sebaceous glands through the skin of your lips which is very thin. These are cold fordyce spots. ...Read more

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What is cold sores look and feel like?

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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What to do if i get cold sores a lot, like every month! why?

What to do if i get cold sores a lot, like every month! why?

Avoid triggers: Cold sores (hsv i) are usually triggered by something (sunlight, fever, stress, etc.) some of these can be controlled by avoidance, but others cannot. Do what you can to avoid the triggers...Sunblock, personal hygiene to avoid colds and fever and reduce stress in your life. ...Read more

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Would you like to know the best way to stop cold sores from forming?

Would you like to know the best way to stop cold sores from forming?

Would love to know: Am not sure that anyone knows how to keep cold sores from forming. If you find out, please text me back. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why is it that when i get cold sores i get a many as 15 at a time? Why don't i just get one like other people?

Good question: If you could find a good answer to why this happens you would become very famous. Nobody knows all the reasons that herpes simples infections recur in some people and to different degrees of severity. ...Read more

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What does a cold sore look like?

What does a cold sore look like?

Herpes: Shallow, grey, sometimes with a slightly red border, quite tender. ...Read more

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Is having somethng like cold sores in the nostrils a bad sign?

Is having somethng like cold sores in the nostrils a bad sign?

No: Herpes simplex lesions can reoccur at any mucous membrane junction with skin. Lips and nostrils are the most common sites. It's just random where (or if) yours show up. ...Read more

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Do cold sores itch?

Do cold sores itch?

They can: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril & sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain & itching. ...Read more