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Cold sores

Cold sores: Introduction

Small, painful, fluid-filled blisters that occur on the skin, mouth or nose and especially on the lips. Pain and tingling is often felt a day or two prior to the blisters occurring. Cold sores are very common. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are contagious. ...more »

Symptoms of Cold sores

Treatments for Cold sores

  • Topical creams
  • Acyclovir (Zovirax)
  • Topical therapy - for oral/facial herpes and genital herpes
    • Idoxiuridine 0.5% preparations
    • Povidine-iodine 10% preparations
  • more treatments...»

Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Cold sores?

Cold sores: Related Patient Stories

Alternative Treatments for Cold sores

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Causes of Cold sores

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Disease Topics Related To Cold sores

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Cold sores: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Cold sores

Mild worm infections undiagnosed in children: Human worm infestations, esp. threadworm, can be overlooked in some cases, because it may cause only mild or even absent symptoms. Although the most common symptoms are anal itch ( more »

Sinusitis is overdiagnosed: There is a tendency to give a diagnosis of sinusitis, when the condition is really a harmless complication of another infection, such as a common more »

Whooping cough often undiagnosed: Although most children in the Western world have been immunized against whooping cough (also called "pertussis"), this protection wears off after about 15 years. Thus, any teen or more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, more »

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure. The "cuff" around the arm to measure more »

Psoriasis often undiagnosed cause of skin symptoms in children: Children who suffer from the skin disorder called psoriasis can often go undiagnosed. more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, more »

Cold sores: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Cold sores

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Latest Treatments for Cold sores

Evidence Based Medicine Research for Cold sores

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Cold sores: Animations

Prognosis for Cold sores

Research about Cold sores

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Statistics for Cold sores

Cold sores: Broader Related Topics

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Definitions of Cold sores:

Caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) - (Source - WordNet 2.1)


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