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Cold Sores

Cold sore is an infection that occurs due to the herpes simplex virus around the lips. It often gets triggered by sun exposure, cold, cold wind, a weak immune system, stress, and changing hormone levels. Cold sore usually gives a tingling, burning, and itching sensation.

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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. Nagasirisha Naredla

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 sore under my lip. What could this be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore under my lip. I have a history of cold sores and have benefited from capsule Valtrex 2 g twice daily for one day. Can you please suggest me on this? I am currently taking Adderall and daily multivitamin.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. I have seen the photo that you have shared (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). As suggested from the attachment, you are suffering from a skin infection. It is a herpes infection with superadded ...  Read Full »

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. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

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 »

I had a massage with a hand job 18 days back. Can symptoms of a cold indicate HIV even after being tested negative?

Query: Hello doctor, I have read some of the replies on the non-transmission of STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) or HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) by massage and hand job. Still, I want to discuss my query with you. About 18 days back I went for a normal massage, but somehow it finished with a quic...  Read Full »

Dr. Shah Sushma Kant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. You are the first person with such complaints and who would go for a test even. Winter is not finished in a lot of places, so such complaints are very common after massage. Reading online can give a lot of confusion and no solution will be g...  Read Full »

I took PEP after 45 days of exposure and tested negative for HIV, but now my wife has hives, a cold sore on her lips, and a dry cough. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, After 45 days after exposure, I took PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis), because of anxiety. I got hemorrhoids after the test. After finishing PEP I tested negative for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Two weeks after PEP I developed rashes and mouth thrush (mild) and a whitish tongue....  Read Full »

Dr. Shah Sushma Kant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your first query consult is on us! Without a test, it seems negative. PEP is highly reactive. All the symptoms may be due to that also. She does not have HIV. My advice: Consult your specialist doctor, talk to them, and take the medications after their consent. Take a ...  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 Februa...  Read Full »

Dr. Pathave Hari Shivaram

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 »

Why do I get cold sores and rashes on the lining of my lips during periods?

Query: Hello doctor, Just wanted to know that from last two times, whenever I get my periods I get this cold sores and rashes like allergy happens on the linings of my lips. The last period date was 17th of the last month and I got this allergy and cold sores like blisters all over my lips and lining of my...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The allergic rashes if they are occurring specifically during menses and the only line the vaginal lips then the cause is unlikely to be menses per se but rather the material of the sanitary pads that you are using from day one. If you have changed the brand of the s...  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 applied 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 Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 elsewher...  Read Full »

How does the cold sores get transmitted?

Query: Hi doctor, I have genital herpes, and I also get cold sores around my mouth. It is not happening often. But it tends to come when I do not expect it. It came before a week, and now it has gone. The only thing present is the red scarring that remains after the wound healing. Now, I have a boyfriend ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Herpes simplex virus type 1 causes cold sores. It recurs often, but the frequency of recurrence decrease with time. The infection is transmitted through direct contacts like deep kissing and oral sex. It does not spread through dry kissing. The virus can pass through si...  Read Full »

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