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What causes fever blisters/ cold sores on my upper lip?!?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
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In brief: Cold sores

Cold sores/fever blisters are cause by the herpes simplex virus.
There are 2 types—oral & genital. Either type can cause a "cold sore" although the oral type is usually involved with lip lesions. There are several otc treatments to lessen symptoms, but prescription anti-viral meds work better to clear the lesions. Herpes, however, is not cured; it is suppressed & can reappear.—>.

In brief: Cold sores

Cold sores/fever blisters are cause by the herpes simplex virus.
There are 2 types—oral & genital. Either type can cause a "cold sore" although the oral type is usually involved with lip lesions. There are several otc treatments to lessen symptoms, but prescription anti-viral meds work better to clear the lesions. Herpes, however, is not cured; it is suppressed & can reappear.—>.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
—> during periods of physical or emotional stress. The virus can be transferred even if blisters are not apparent. If you take supplements, be careful with arginine, as it can trigger an outbreak. Lysine, on the other hand, may help suppress the virus.
Dr. Jana Tomsky
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Herpes simplex virus

It is very common virus everybody is expossed once upon the time in life.
Outbreak may happen for variety of reasons ( fever, exhaustion, period in woman, etc... Most efective treatemnt is oral anitviral medication ( it is a prescription)

In brief: Herpes simplex virus

It is very common virus everybody is expossed once upon the time in life.
Outbreak may happen for variety of reasons ( fever, exhaustion, period in woman, etc... Most efective treatemnt is oral anitviral medication ( it is a prescription)
Dr. Jana Tomsky
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In brief: Herpes Virus

In many cases these are caused by the herpes virus.

In brief: Herpes Virus

In many cases these are caused by the herpes virus.
Dr. Dante De Crescenzo
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