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Cold Sores

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Welcome to Qoctor’s online doctor service which provides assessment & treatment for cold sores. Answer some simple questions, then book a video consultation. If treatment is advised, you can have your prescription emailed direct to your local pharmacy (or posted to you), OR you can get medication delivered.

  • It costs $24.99 for a consultation, which also covers any prescription(s) issued.
  • If you request to have medication delivered to you, the cost of medication will be added.
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About Cold Sores

Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV1), which is spread by skin to skin contact. About 1 in 5 people have cold sores that flare up from time to time. They usually get better without treatment in 7-10 days, though sometimes antiviral creams or tablets may be used to ease symptoms.

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FAQs about HSV1 & treatment for cold sores

What causes cold sores? 2017-10-23T22:14:28+00:00
  • Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1, otherwise known as HSV1.
  • HSV2 is a similar virus which usually causes genital herpes, but rarely can also cause cold sores around the mouth.
  • Cold sores are spread by skin to skin contact, such as kissing someone who has an active cold sore.
  • The first infection may not cause any symptoms, but may be triggered later.
  • Cold sores can be triggered by stress, fatigue, viral illness, strong UV/sunlight exposure or during menstruation.
How do you catch cold sores? 2017-10-23T22:13:55+00:00
  • Cold sores are spread by skin to skin contact
  • If you have active cold sores you should avoid newborn babies, elderly, or anyone with a weak immune system (e.g on chemotherapy)
  • If you have no active cold sores, you’re not usually infectious to others.
Do you need a test to diagnose cold sores? 2017-10-23T22:13:21+00:00
  • No, usually not.
  • The diagnose tends to be obvious, based on history and the appearance of the lesions
  • However, if there’s any doubt, your GP can perform a swab.
If I get cold sores very often does it mean something is wrong with my health? 2017-11-07T22:33:07+00:00

• Not usually. People with recurring cold sores occasionally worry that there’s something wrong with their immune system, or that they’re deficient in a vitamin or mineral. But cold sores are very common, and most people who get them are otherwise perfectly well.
• Sometimes tiredness or another viral illness can make you more prone to cold sore flare ups
• If you’re worried, speak to your doctor- they may recommend some general blood tests to check for an underlying cause.

What is the best treatment for cold sores? 2018-02-12T22:44:41+00:00

• Usually no particular medication for cold sores is recommended- they naturally get better over 7-10 days.
• There is some general advice when you have active cold sores, such as avoid touching the cold sores; wash hands regularly especially after applying creams or before putting in your contact lenses; and don’t share lip balm or sunscreen.
• Over the counter painkillers like Panadol and Nurofen, or topical anaesthetic gels (e.g Lidocaine) may be helpful for pain/discomfort.
• Antiviral Creams can be bought at your pharmacy- these do not kill the virus but prevent it from multiplying which may reduce symptoms a little.
• Oral antiviral medication may reduce the severity of symptoms. This approach may be appropriate if you have severe or frequent cold sores, or a weakened immune system for some reason.

Is there a cure for cold sores? 2017-11-07T22:31:03+00:00

No, unfortunately once you’ve been infected, HSV1 stays in your body. In some people it means cold sores flare up from time to time, in others HSV1 lies dormant.

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