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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you get cold sores can you still give oral sex? Even though a cold sore is not present and is dormant under the skin? Will it do anything?
Herpes simplex: This virus can be transmitted by oral sex with or without the presence of active lesions. On the other hand, if you have been intimate with the other party previously they probably have already been infected. Discuss the options with your partner. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
11 days ago i noticed in my upper lips in the sides and not in the center some seemingly white bubbles or spots underneath the skin. My first thought was that it could be herpes. However, i was waiting to get cold sores or anything similar to a blister be
Glands: These could just be prominent glands. Could it be that you just never looked so closely before? Any symptoms like pain or itching> ...Read more
Recurrent virus: Cold sores are a sore from a virus (herpes simplex). The first episode can happen anytime but differs, usually appearing as small blisters in a close grouping near the lip.After healing, the virus hibernates in nearby nerves.The virus can returns to activity but the sores appear as a patch along the lip.In both episodes, the virus is being shed from the active wound ; be contagious. ...Read more
Possible herpes?: One possibility is herpes, which is a viral infection that lives in a nerve tract once it enters the body and may recur from time to time. Other possibilities may relate to pressure on the area or other dermatologic causes. Less obvious cause could even be gluten intolerance. All conjecture until a dermatologist actually sees it and hears more about the history. Don't try to treat it yourself. ...Read more
It is unpleasant: I believe that some people feel there is stigma if you develop herpes simplex type ii (genital). I don't think there is a taboo about herpes simplex i (oral). However, many people know that they are contagious and so they may not want to have contact with someone who has an active cold sore lesion. ...Read more
What are the odds of getting cold sores? Can you get cold sores from drinking from the same straw?
Cold sore: Cold sores/fever blisters/ herpes. Things like fevers can cause them to come out, stress to the area (chapped lips) can do it as well. You can get topical stuff (abreva) to put on them to help them go away. If they get really bad you can get prescription meds. You can get cold sores from the virus that causes them which can be transmitted through sharing straws. ...Read more
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