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Why do you get cold sores? Am I treating my skin badly?

Why do you get cold sores? Am I treating my skin badly?

A viral infection: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. Pre-teen children's cold sores are non-std's. They get the virus from family & friends. ...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 and 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 to the genitals, causing genital ...Read more


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I get blistery, painful sores under my nose every time i get sick. What are they and what can I do for them? It's so embarrassing - i hate them!

I get blistery, painful sores under my nose every time i get sick. What are they and what can I do for them? It's so embarrassing - i hate them!

Medication: Sounds like cold sores, which come from the herpes virus. You can try abreva cream which is over the counter at most pharmacies. It is fda approved to shorten the duration of cold sores. Or you can get a prescription for Valtrex (valacyclovir) or Famvir from your doctor. ...Read more

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Could you explain why do I always get cold sores around my lips?

Could you explain why do I always get cold sores around my lips?

Cold sores: In general, I would normally tell a patient that chronic cold sores is common on some people ...Read more

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I always get cold sores and spots when i shave how can I resolve this?

I always get cold sores  and spots when i shave how can I resolve this?

Acyclovir: Have your md or dentist give you rx for Acyclovir . You can take it in small doses daily to minimize the risk of getting recurrent cold sores. ...Read more

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Help I have blistered my toes and they are really hurting. What do you advise?

Help I have blistered my toes and they are really hurting. What do you advise?

See below: Soak in warm water with epsom salt, apply antiseptic and bandaids try to put a pad around the blister to remove pressure from it. ...Read more

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What do I do if i keep getting cold sores in my mouth?

Oral Herpes Simplex: is a contagious infectious disease. There is no cure for cold sores.. Identifying triggers may help a person to prevent recurrences by removing these factors. ...Read more

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Why am I getting cold sores? How can I reduce them?

Why am I getting cold sores? How can I reduce them?

Triggers.: Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, UV rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period.Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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Why do I have dry skin around my nose piercing and how do I treat this?

Why do I have dry skin around my nose piercing and how do I treat this?

Contact dermatitis : you may have an allergic contact dermatitis to a metal in a piercing such as nickel, try to remove and see if the dryness goes away ...Read more

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What do you advise if i was extremely stressed today and a cold sore came up on my bottom lip. What do you advise if i was wondering how i could help get rid of it faster?

What do you advise if i was extremely stressed today and a cold sore came up on my bottom lip. What do you advise if i was wondering how i could help get rid of it faster?

Cold sores: Your Dr can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3 times a day at onset, can also hasten healing. ...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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I have pimple-like spots in my legs and arms. I don't know what is it? Why did i get these? How to treat this? Please help me. Thank you.

I have pimple-like spots in my legs and arms. I don't know what is it? Why did i get these? How to treat this? Please help me. Thank you.

Need diagnosis first: before cause and treatment can be given. If you have dry skin, it is not uncommon to get plugged hair follicles called keratosis pili that can sometimes get inflamed, and is treated with moisturizers. If you have infection/folliculitis, this would be Rx with antibiotics. Or this may be some other type of rash. An exam by your doctor is a starting point. ...Read more

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I have been noticing dry flaky skin on my legs and i want to know what I should do go tothe doctor or try a home remedy?

I have been noticing dry flaky skin on my legs and  i want to know what I should do go tothe doctor or try a home remedy?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have really sweaty hands, what can I do to prevent it?

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I have really sweaty hands, what can I do to prevent it?

Hyperhidrosis: Increased sweating or hyperhidrosis is common: http://dermnetnz.Org/hair-nails-sweat/hyperhidrosis.Html there are prescription antiperspirants that may help. Injection with botulinum toxin can also stop the sweating temporarily. If it is more widespread or not responding to the topicals, there are systemic medications that can decrease sweating. Your dermatologist will help guide you. ...Read more

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What can I for my bad chapped lips if i don't have vaseline?

What can I for my bad chapped lips if i don't have vaseline?

Chapped lips: To prevent or treat chapped lips you can apply honey or coconut oil to the lips several times a day. Or you can apply fresh cream to your lips for ten minutes. Wash off with tepid water. ...Read more

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I have a canker sore on my mouth and it's hurting when I talk or eat . I was wondering what medicine do you recommend using . ?

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I have a canker sore on my mouth and it's hurting when I talk or eat . I was wondering what medicine do you recommend using . ?

Covering It Up: Here are a couple of good choices to relieve pain from canker sores. Warm salt water rinsing with 1tsp salt in 8 ounces of warm water. Rinse at least three times per day. Before you eat, you can put an ointment over the sore. Orabase is found in most pharmacies and works well to cover the sore before you eat. Also, avoid foods with tomatoes, spicy or citrus. ...Read more

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I have hives when touching cold, what should I do to treat?

I have hives when touching cold, what should I do to treat?

Cold urticaria: I would encourage you to see an allergist to assess this further. ...Read more