Does one's first cold sore outbreak mean that the virus was contracted recently?

Cold sore. Not necessarily. You could have contracted the virus a long time ago, did not cause an infection but made its way to one of your nerve roots to hibernate. For some reason, it decided to come to the surface and cause the cold sore.

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I get at least one cold sore outbreak monthly. They typically run 14-20 days. 5 sores right now. Why is it so hard to get an oral antiviral rx?

Need New Doctor. It should be easy to get the right treatment for herpes and also to get on a treatment that suppresses outbreaks. Any physician with any kind of experience should be able to easily help you. If your physician is incompetent then you may need to find someone else. Read more...
Talk to your doc.. A typical sore outbreak lasts 10-14 days w/o treatment. If you start medication at the very early onset (some feels/knows before it comes to the skin) it may not even come through the skin, but unfortunately it often does come out despite treatment and may crust over in 3-5 days rather than 10-14 days w/o treatment. Since u have frequent attacks, consult doc for suppressive therapy. Good luck. Read more...
Cold sore? A cold sore is a lesion on the outside of the lip. It's rare to have more than one at a time. You may be describing canker sores (aphthous ulcers), which occur inside the mouth. Unlike cold sores, we don't know the cause of canker sores. Antivirals don't help. Read more...
Not herpes. Aphthae??? See a dermatologist. Read more...

How do u get rid of cold sore outbreak?

Herpes Medication. There are three anti-viral medications used to treat herpes outbreaks. Your family doctor can easily help you with this. Read more...
Get to it fast! Cold sores are caused by herpes viruses . The sooner they are treated, the better. When you first feel that little tingle that announces a future outbreak is the time to start the medication. Try abreva or campho-phenique. Consult your doc if you need something stronger or if accompanied by pain in the throat with swallowing. Read more...

My 4 year old is having a major cold sore outbreak. What can I do?

Diet. Cold sores are viral in nature and will be activated by poor diet and/or infection such as a cold. Lysine in an appropriate dose will clear these sores. This can be given to treat the sores or as a preventive method on a continuous basis. Get the advice of a nutritionist familiar with this concept. Read more...