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Can you get a cold sore on your lips after they are sun burnt?

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Dr. William Jurewitz
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely!

Lip cold sores are usually caused by a recurrence of a herpes type1 virus, that lies dormant in your system until there is a stress.
Lip sunburn is the perfect stress to bring back the herpes sores. You probably contracted the virus as a child. It stays in your body, "asleep", until at times of stress - fever, emotional upset, sunburn, etc - it causes new sores. These usually resolve in 10-14 days.

In brief: Absolutely!

Lip cold sores are usually caused by a recurrence of a herpes type1 virus, that lies dormant in your system until there is a stress.
Lip sunburn is the perfect stress to bring back the herpes sores. You probably contracted the virus as a child. It stays in your body, "asleep", until at times of stress - fever, emotional upset, sunburn, etc - it causes new sores. These usually resolve in 10-14 days.
Dr. William Jurewitz
Dr. William Jurewitz
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Dr. Darrell Herrington
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely

Any irritation to lips which chronically hold the herpes virus may prompt the activation of a new lesion.
Wear a lip protection with sun block.

In brief: Absolutely

Any irritation to lips which chronically hold the herpes virus may prompt the activation of a new lesion.
Wear a lip protection with sun block.
Dr. Darrell Herrington
Dr. Darrell Herrington
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Dr. Ashu Syal
Pediatrics - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: Yes

Sun burn can damage outer protective skin layer hence exposing to all sorts of viral and bacterial infections.

In brief: Yes

Sun burn can damage outer protective skin layer hence exposing to all sorts of viral and bacterial infections.
Dr. Ashu Syal
Dr. Ashu Syal
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