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Is there a chance of acquiring herpes form a person who had cold sores 17 days ago?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a sexual relationship with a girl. She had a cold sore under her bottom lip (I could see, and she said her outbreak was a few days before), so we did not have intercourse at that time. After 17 days, there appeared to be no cold sore at all. However, she was wearing making up at t...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is less risk if no active lesions are present. Are there any symptoms like tingling sensation, burning, painful blisters, or fever? Please answer the questions so that I can guide you accordingly.  Read Full »

Can HSV-2 cause cervical cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,Can a cold sore virus cause cervical cancer? I never had sex before, but I have caught a cold sore from one of my friend's children who drank after me. I am worried. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. Most of the cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type1 (HSV-1) that usually occur on lips and usually not transmitted by sexual contact. Another type of cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 (H...  Read Full »

Can I take Valacyclovir for the mouth sores caused due to herpes infection?

Query: Hi doctor, Does Valacyclovir 500 mg help to prevent mouth sores caused due to herpes?   Read Full »

Dr. S D Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Valacyclovir is an antiviral drug used for the treatment of cold sores (herpes labialis). The efficacy of Valacyclovir is not established after the development of cold sores. Hence, it should be used as early as possible. It should be used preferably at the earliest sym...  Read Full »

Why do I get recurrent cold sores?

Query: Hi doctor, I get cold sores about every 2 years over the past 15 years and they go through the five stages of healing which take about 10-14 days to heal. Over the past two years, I have got two cold sores that have not completely healed. One was before a year and the most recent one was in Febru...  Read Full »

Dr. Hari Pathave

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your information and photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I can see there is swelling and some small pus-filled rash and small scars. If it is recurrent then there are some possibilities like herpes labialis, cyclic neutropenia, neutrophi...  Read Full »

I have a cold sore on lip. Is it due to herpes?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a bad cold sore 8 weeks ago on my top lip and a bit of the skin above it. I used Zovirax externally 2 weeks course and Acyclovir 2 weeks course to treat it. The actual sore improved, the blister stopped weeping, the scab formed and flaked off within 3 weeks but the redness is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the current picture sent by you, it does not look like a cold sore as of now (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Also, I would advise to stop all ongoing treatment (including the Hydrocortisone) and just leave it alone for a week. Apply Dologel o...  Read Full »

Why do I get recurrent infected sores in lips?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from a cold sore type infection in my mouth especially at lips. Same was occurred last year and again it repeated this year. And as on today it is the third time it is coming and curing within a period of 10 to 20 days. I want to add photographs but do not know how. Fu...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through your query, attached pictures, and your previous prescription. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These cold sores are of viral origin and it is called herpetic stomatitis. This has a high recurrence rat...  Read Full »

Will liquid lipsticks used by a cold sore infected person spread infection to others on sharing?

Query: Hi doctor, I was just wondering how long germs would live on in a liquid lipstick? Around five weeks ago I had a vomiting bug, most likely gastro. I went out on Saturday night and wore a liquid lipstick, and was sick on Sunday. Will these germs still be living in the liquid lipstick and make me sic...  Read Full »

Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. There is exactly not much research done on how long bacteria or viruses could survive in a liquid lipstick. If you have had a gastrointestinal infection, and if your lipstick came in contact with your saliva, the microbes could have gone i...  Read Full »

Someone with a cold sore kissed my preemie baby. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,Someone with a cold sore kissed my preemie baby, and she has been spitting her bottle out and crying what should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Sirisha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your baby seems to be on oxygen. You have not mentioned how old is the baby? For how long she has been in the hospital and are there any other problems with the baby. Or was she because she came into contact with a cold sore? Cold sore infection can sometimes lead to...  Read Full »

I have a cold sore and it is tingling after having Zovirax. What does the tingling mean?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a cold sore, and I put Zovirax on, and a few hours later, it is tingly. My cold sore has blistered and fully formed is the tingly feeling meaning it is going away?  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history, and according to me, you are suffering from herpes virus infection. Most of the patients experience a tingling sensation before the appearance of blisters, but this is soon followed by painful ulceration. This lasts for 7 to 10 days...  Read Full »

Does use of Abreva cause blisters on the lip?

Query: Hello doctor, Last week I woke up with what appeared to be three to four tiny blisters on my upper left lip, outside of the mouth, not inside. I recently had a baby and have not left the house except to go to a dental appointment one week before developing these small blisters. I went to the doctor...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. There can be other skin diseases which mimic HSV 1 infection on lips, but still, it is quite characteristic clinically, things which can sometimes look like are paederus dermatitis, hand foot, and mouth disease, but it is seen usually in children and blisters else...  Read Full »

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