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Why do I get cold sores so often?

Why do I get cold sores so often?

Virus and Stress: Viatmin B12 or vitamin d deficiency. Take a multi-vitamin everyday, spend some time in the sun, and find ways decrease stress. Apply abreva (over the counter) cream as soon as you feel the cold sore. This will shorten (or in some cases get rid of) the cold sore. ...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 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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Why do I get cold sores after i apply chapstick?

Why do I get cold sores after i apply chapstick?

Contaminate chapstip: I am not sure. If you have cold sore blisters it is best not to share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss in order to prevent spreading the infection to someone else. ...Read more

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Why do I get cold sores every time I have my period?

Why do I get cold sores every time I have my period?

Because that can: Be a stressor for the body. Riggers 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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Why do I get cold sores within my mouth after I get a cold sore on my lip?

Why do I get cold sores within my mouth after I get a cold sore on my lip?

Catch it early: If you can catch a cold sore early, when it first starts to tingle, see a dentist that can use a soft tissue laser to kill the virus in the area and stop its spread. It will also help to heal the sore more quickly. If it is already a blister, it is not as effective. ...Read more

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How come i get cold sores a lot?

Cold sores: Cold sores are caused by a herpes virus that stays in your body. When you are mentally or physically stressed the herpes virus travels out along the nerve and produces a cold sore. Lack of sleep, illness, mental stress can all cause frequent cold sores. ...Read more

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I get cold sores on my skin. What should I do?

I get cold sores on my skin. What should I do?

You may do nothing.: Depends. Some people thought it just an annoying condition, 7-10 days later, it would go away anyway. So do nothing is an reasonable option. Some people thought it's serious, then you need help from dermatologists who may prescribed oral medicine like Acyclovir to stop it. ...Read more

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How come i get cold sores after i apply chaptstick?

How come i get cold sores after i apply chaptstick?

Contaminated?: I am not sure. Cold sores are contagious. If you have cold sore blisters it is best not to share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss in order to prevent spreading the infection to someone else. ...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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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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I get cold sores from time to time and they are ugly embarrassing and painful. What are home remedies that actually work?

I get cold sores from time to time and they are ugly embarrassing and painful. What are home remedies that actually work?

Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It may half healing time. ...Read more