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What Triggers Cold Sore Breakouts
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
I understand that Valtrex (valacyclovir) is MOST effective at the first sign of a breakout, but is taking it after a cold sore erupts effective at all? Thanks!
Having breakouts along my lip line. Do not tingle like a cold sore, but throb like chapped lips. Have taken 2 gm valtrex, (valacyclovir) no relief. Have picture.
I bit the outside of my lip where I always get my cold sores. And now I have a bump in that area. Could I have triggered a cold sore? Or just trauma?
It could be either: one, need to see a doctor for diagnosis ...Read more
My cold sore erupted whilst eating a chinese takeaway - no advance warning. i thought i'd cut my lip . but no. has an allergy triggered it? instantly
No: Cold sore is caused by virus; herpes virus, a virus from same family of chicken pox, genital herpes and shingles. Cold sore usually go away without treatment. But if very painful, antiviral treatment may help reduce the duration of symptoms if started within 24 hrs ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had hsv1 since childhood however I never had a cold sore/outbreak. is it safe for me to get a chemical peel or would it trigger an outbreak?
Probably safe but...: Many clinicians who do surgery on or near the face (ENT specialists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons) routinely treat their HSV1 infected patients with an anti-HSV drug like acyclovir or valacyclovir around the time of surgery to reduce the chance of reactivating the infection. The drugs are harmless, so why not? Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more
Cold sores: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can appear so..: Small cold sores often appear with just slightly yellowish fluid (plasma-like) but larger ones can look like puss-filled lesion. The body white blood cells attack the virus, cause inflammation, fluid accumulation and thus appears as puss. These often resolves spontaneously. If it becomes larger and large with more redness/pain, it could secondary infection/boil. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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