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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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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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What does a canker sore look like?

What does a canker sore look like?

Aphthous ulcers: They are usually round ulcers with a grayish-white colored surface surrounded by a red inflamed circle. ...Read more

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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

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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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Can cold sores appear white in colour?Like a whitehead?No tingle, no blister. Feels like canker sore or bitten lip. Not sure how to tell...

Can cold sores appear white in colour?Like a whitehead?No tingle, no blister. Feels like canker sore or bitten lip. Not sure how to tell...

White is Good: When a canker sore or "aphthous ulcer" is in the process of healing it turns a whitish color. You are on the mend. Leave it alone, don't pop it! maybe some salt water or baking soda gargles...If you want to feel better but actually, nothing is shown to significantly speed up healing once it gets to this stage. You're in the home stretch....1-2 weeks more and you'll be able to suck lemons again. ...Read more

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What does herpes look like on eyeball?

What does herpes look like on eyeball?

Like a tree branch: A herpetic eye infection causes an ulcer on the cornea. Classically it looks like a tree branch in shape and is called a dendritic ulcer. There is a new topical medication called zirgan which works quite well. ...Read more

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What does herpes look like on your lips?

What does herpes look like on your lips?

Herpes simplex: This is what are often called "cold sores". They begin with small blisters, break open and form shallow ulcers which are tender and painful. ...Read more

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What does MRSA look like when healing?

Same as non MRSA: Mrsa is a resistant form of a common bacteria that resides on the skin of most persons. It is not more likely to cause infection but it may not respond as well to many antibiotics. The look and nature of the wound would vary widely depending on the location and degree of infection. But, in general, skin infections should look the same as a regular staph infection as it heals. ...Read more

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What does nipples herpes look like?

What does nipples herpes look like?

Herpes: A few weeks after being exposed to herpes a person may develop fever, muscle aches ; pains, headache ; swelling of groin lymph nodes. The lesions may be preceded several days by itching ;/or pain. They start as red bumps which then develop into blisters. When the blisters break open they ooze fluid or bleed. The affected area can be tender. I would have the lesion medically checked for correct dx. ...Read more

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Does genital herpes look and feel like zits?

Does genital herpes look and feel like zits?

Thanks for asking!: Gential herpes typically hurts like crazy and is usually preceeded with a terrible tingling sensation. Zits do not really hurt or tingle. Both are annoying and you should go see your dermatologist or primary care physician for a diagnosis. Genital herpes respond very well to a oral pill, Acyclovir or similar and the lesions go away. ...Read more

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What does lupus look like in mouth?

What does lupus look like in mouth?

Painless ulcers: Mouth ulcers are sometimes the first signs of lupus and occur in 10-45 % of lupus patients. The are usually painless sores. Some lupus patients have gingivitis if they have dry mouth. ...Read more

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What does lupus look like in mouth?

What does lupus look like in mouth?

Mouth sores!: Usually painless, but can hurt. Frequently associated with low white count. Systemic lupus is the great mimick! ...Read more

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What does skin look like when impetigo is healing?

What does skin look like when impetigo is healing?

Impetigo healing: You can usually tell that impetigo is responding to treatment by the following observations: decreased size of sore, resolution of crusting, lessening of redness, sores healing over and appearing more dry and gradual return of normal skin coloration. ...Read more

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What exactly does herpes look and feel like on the genital area?

What exactly does herpes look and feel like on the genital area?

Painful blister: No matter it is herpes simplex or herpes zoster. The herpes always start from sporadic blisters and then ruptured later on. And they are paiful. ...Read more

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What does a minor canker sore look like?

What does a minor canker sore look like?

White ulceration: Whitish or pinkish ulceration surrounded by a red halo of tissue. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can a cold sore/fever blister look like?

Can you tell me what can a cold sore/fever blister look like?

Cold sore: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It breaks open ; releases fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex type 1 virus. ...Read more