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I'm a trumpet player and I just got a cold sore, what can I do?
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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Wait or treat
If it hurts to play, you'll have to "take five" (wait it out).
Anti-herpes drugs can speed healing if taken soon enough.

In brief: Wait or treat
If it hurts to play, you'll have to "take five" (wait it out).
Anti-herpes drugs can speed healing if taken soon enough.
Dr. Joel Gallant
Dr. Joel Gallant
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In brief: Depends on location
If the cold sore is in a place that doesn't make contact with your mouthpiece, you can still play.
You may want to see your family doctor to consider getting on medication for your cold sore, which would speed up healing. If the cold sore is on your lips, best advice is to lay off for a week or so, and continue to practice your music holding your horn up, breathing, and fingering with a metronome.

In brief: Depends on location
If the cold sore is in a place that doesn't make contact with your mouthpiece, you can still play.
You may want to see your family doctor to consider getting on medication for your cold sore, which would speed up healing. If the cold sore is on your lips, best advice is to lay off for a week or so, and continue to practice your music holding your horn up, breathing, and fingering with a metronome.
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