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Cold sore, general mouth infection: what do I have?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 24, 2007
  • 10:23 PM

2 months ago, I had a pimple form above my lip (it was on the tip of my lip and on the skin). When I popped it, it busted and crusted over with a honey-colored scab. I went to the pharmacy (I am in Spain, and it is common to go to the pharmacist to describe a medical problem and have them recommend something) and the pharmacist told me I had oral herpes. It really worried me so I went to a doctor who looked me over, and said it was only an infection. (I had seen the doctor 2 weeks prior because of an abscessed tooth I had)

He gave me some antibiotics and told me not to worry about it. The infection caused by my abscessed tooth seemed to be a good explanation, but it didn´t explain why I had a tingling sensation on my lip nor did it explain why the scab was yellow. However, upon doing research online, I discovered it could be impetigo, which also scabs over yellow and is an infection.

However, right not, my lip is tingling again and has been for a few days. This tingling sensation continues but I have yet to see anything new develop other than redness around the area where I had the infection. I also have a scar there from previously where I picked at it; it has been two months and the area still looks more or less the same with the scab and the redness that is on the tip of my lip.

Is it a cold sore from my description? Should I get a doctor to swab it? If I end up having it, I won´t be as worried about it anymore.. but I rather be using the right medication for my problem than by mixing it up to see if it helps the area any.

I also still have the abscessed tooth, and will be getting a root canal hopefully when I return to the states.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or answers!

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  • Impetigous cold sore...begins with a cold sore and then strep sets in...strep is everywhere and normally our immune system takes care of it, but perhaps due to your tooth abcess and lowered resistance, it was able to get a foothold. The antibiotics should have made short work of impetigo though. It's normal to have some redness at the site of a coldsore or lesion for a few months afterward, and not unusual, also some tingling.
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  • Sounds like herpes1 to me. You can have tests run when it is oozing, but it's pretty obvious, especially with the tingling. You can have herpes2 on the lips if you had oral sex with a person who had it and you can pass the herpes1 on the lips during oral sex to the other person--so you have to be careful now when you feel it tingle .You can get it from anywhere. There is like 80% of the world's population with it. Someone could have just touched their mouth and then a door handle that you turned right after them.
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  • Try liquid Vitamin E- If it relieves it your good - in the meantime have it swabbed
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  • Someone could have just touched their mouth and then a door handle that you turned right after them.Thats actually incorrect the Herpes virus has a very fragile molecular structure and can only be transmitted from skin to skin contact (do a google check). If you are in Spain and travelling as well as your tooth would mean that your immune system is probably not as strong as it normally is (environmental changes can cause stress) and Spain in summer with hot dry winds are the ideal environment for the virus to appear. (You may have had it as a child and not had it since then till now when the conditions were right for it to reappear. Not everyone gets repeated outbreaks usually you get it initially and it wont show for years till something major happens in your life thats stressful or traumatic). This is probably the likely explanation for the outbreak. Once you get back home and your
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 11, 2007
    • 10:02 PM
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  • Sounds still like herpes and you need to see a dentist. You can take lysine for it but you will have it off and on during times of stress, and you can pass it to a woman if you give oral sex while you are tingling or have a sore. Most likely, you got it from kissing, but there are a lot of germs on door handles.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • November 12, 2007
    • 08:37 AM
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  • What causes fever blisters?Fever blisters are caused by a contagious virus called herpes simplex. There are two types of herpes simplex virus. Type 1 usually causes oral herpes, or fever blisters. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. Although both type 1 and type 2 viruses can infect oral tissues, more than 95 percent of recurrent fever blister outbreaks are caused by the type 1 virus.Herpes simplex virus is highly contagious when fever blisters are present, and the virus frequently is spread by kissing. Children often become infected by contact with parents, siblings or other close relatives who have fever blisters.A child can spread the virus by rubbing his or her cold sore and then touching other children. About 10 percent of oral herpes infections in adults result from oral-genital sex with a person who has active genital herpes (type 2). These infections, however, usually do not result in repeat bouts of fever blisters. Most people infected with the type 1 herpes simplex virus became infected before they were 10 years old. The virus usually invades the moist membrane cells of the lips, throat or mouth. In most people, the initial infection causes no symptoms. About 15 percent of patients, however, develop many fluid-filled blisters inside and outside the mouth 3 to 5 days after they are infected with the virus. These may be accompanied by fever, swollen neck glands and general aches. The blisters tend to merge and then collapse. Often a yellowish crust forms over the sores, which usually heal without scarring within 2 weeks.The herpes virus, however, stays in the body. Once a person is infected with oral herpes, the virus remains in a nerve located near the cheekbone. It may stay permanently inactive in this site, or it may occasionally travel down the nerve to the skin surface, causing a recurrence of fever blisters. Recurring blisters usually erupt at the outside edge of the lip or the edge of the nostril, but can also occur on the chin, cheeks, or inside the mouth.The symptoms of recurrent fever blister attacks usually are less severe than those experienced by some people after an initial infection. Recurrences appear to be less frequent after age 35. Many people who have recurring fever blisters feel itching, tingling or burning in the lip 1 to 3 days before the blister appears. Currently there is no cure for fever blisters. Some medications can relieve some of the pain and discomfort associated with the sores, however. These include ointments that numb the blisters, antibiotics that control secondary bacterial infections, and ointments that soften the crusts of the sores. If fever blisters erupt, keep them clean and dry to prevent bacterial infections. Eat a soft, bland diet to avoid irritating the sores and surrounding sensitive areas. Be careful not to much the sores and spread the virus to new sites, such as the eyes or genitals. To make sure you do not infect others, avoid kissing them or touching the sores and then touching another person.There is good news for people whose fever blister outbreaks are triggered by sunlight. Scientists have confirmed that sunscreen on the lips can prevent sun-induced recurrences of herpes. They recommend applying the sunscreen before going outside and reapplying it frequently during sun exposure. The researchers used a sunblock with a protection factor of 15 in their studies. Little is known about how to prevent recurrences of fever blisters triggered by factors other than sunlight. People whose cold sores appear in response to stress should try to avoid stressful situations. Some investigators have suggested adding lysine to the diet or eliminating foods such as nuts, chocolate, seeds or gelatin. These measures have not, however, been proven effective in controlled studies. Hope this helps Kiera
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    • November 12, 2007
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