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        08-10-2008, 06:36 PM
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    Cold sores......blah

    Okay, I know nothing about cold sores and I have never had one before. Except it feels like I'm getting one on my upper lip. I'm only guessing because it feels like what one would feel like. Its kinda small but I can tell its there because it feels kind of tight there.

    I don't even know if it is one, lol!

    But how do you get a cold sore? What is it? I remember one of my girl friends would occasionally get one on her lip from her boyfriend. ???? I haven't kissed a guy yet!! Lol
         
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        08-11-2008, 07:50 AM
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    Super Moderator
    There are some self cares for cold sore. My dad have told that toothpaste can alleviate if you're suffering from this ailment. Cover cold sore(s) with a pat of toothpaste and it should drain them off. There are also some official cures for cs but them are pretty expensive.

    I don't know if I have had a cold sore. If I remember right I've suffered from it sometimes when I was younger. But when you once get it, you'll carry a virus for a rest of your life. You needn't even kiss anyone in order to get the virus. You can get it if you e.g. Use an unwashed water glass after it when someone who has a cold sore have used it.

    If you need more knowledge take a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpes_simplex
         
        08-11-2008, 08:50 AM
      #3
    Foal
    I don't think herpes is the same as a cold sore. It could probably be mistaken for one though. My fam all drinks out of the same soda can (don't mean to gross anyone out but that's what happens when your money's tight. + a lot of people try their friends drinks all the time so fam germs are better than other people germs) and only my dad and my sister get cold sores. I never had one in my life.
         
        08-11-2008, 09:01 AM
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    Super Moderator
    I've undestood that cold sore is a vernacular expression for one type of herpes.

    Quoted from Wikipedia: "Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores, infects the face and mouth."
         
        08-11-2008, 09:09 AM
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    I tend to get cold sores really easy. I started getting them in third grade so mine wasnt from boys...lol... Anyhow basically it feels like a pimple but feels slightly heated. It will blister into tiny little blisters (if that makes sense) it will be red and will make you feel very iritated. Try not to touch it and don't wear any lipsticks because it will only make it more irritated sun and stress will also cause flare ups.

    Mine have gotten pretty bad in the past, this may sound gross but I have gotten then in the nose and on the upper lip before and I have light scaring from some (I notice but other people don't). Abreva is probably the best OTC cream to put on the cold sore. It is spendy but the little tube tends to last a long time since you don't need much to put on the cold sore. But mine get pretty severe and I would get anywheres from 1 to 2 a month. I have gotten a perscription for Valtrex and it seems to work really nice and I havent gotton a flare up in like 2-3 months. Basically when I feel a cold sore coming on I take a Valtrex and then another one like 8 hours later. It really helps.

    It is a form of herpes but different then genital herpes. It is spread by kissing, or sharing glasses, silverware...etc. Some people have the virus in their body but don't know it until something triggers it to show. We really don't know how I got mine because no one else in my family gets them... but I have pics from me being in third grade with the cold sore.

    Hope this helps, there are a lot of web sites that have info... just no kissing boys lol

    http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-a...topic-overview
         
        08-11-2008, 10:05 AM
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    Green Broke
    Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus; Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few days. They usually heal after several days to 2 weeks.

    The herpes simplex virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. It is usually spread when a person touches a cold sore or touches infected fluid-such as from sharing eating utensils or razors, kissing an infected person, or touching that person's saliva. A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child in this way. Cold sores can also be spread to other areas of the body.

    After you have been infected with the virus, there is no sure way to prevent more cold sores. But there are some things you can do to reduce your number of outbreaks and prevent spreading the virus.

    * Avoid the things that trigger your cold sores, such as stress and colds or the flu.
    * Always use lip balm and sunscreen on your face. Too much sunlight can cause cold sores to flare.
    * Avoid sharing towels, razors, silverware, toothbrushes, or other objects that a person with a cold sore may have used.
    * When you have a cold sore, make sure to wash your hands often, and try not to touch your sore. This can help keep you from spreading the virus to your eyes or genital area or to other people.
    * Talk to your doctor if you get cold sores often. You may be able to take prescription pills to prevent cold sore outbreaks.


    All taken from this website:

    http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-a...verview?page=2
         
        08-11-2008, 10:49 AM
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    Thanks everyone!!

    Angel_Leauger, after going to that website and seeing the picture, mine doesn't look like that!!! Hmmm.....

    Should I go in to the doctors?? After reading all this and still not sure if it is a cold sore or not, I'm a bit worried!! Waahhh!!
         
        08-11-2008, 10:54 AM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Hahaha.... I didnt even NOTICE angel's post.....

    :roll: that's what I get for not reading everyone's post.. haha

    Sorry.
         
        08-11-2008, 11:21 AM
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    Lol, Mox, its okay!!

    Do you think I should go into the doctors or not?
         
        08-11-2008, 11:30 AM
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    Green Broke
    I don't think you'd have to. I'd wait for it to start up, could it be a zit? I had a zit at the corner of my mouth one time when I was younger. It took forever to heal because it was at the corner of my mouth, and every time I smiled, or talked, it would break open again.

    I don't think going to the Dr's is really necessary at this point. I'd wait to see if anything comes of it.
         

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