Cold Sores

/Cold Sores
Cold Sores 2020-12-01T18:23:24+00:00

Cold Sores

About Cold Sores
Learn more

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.

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.

Treatment for cold sores and medication for cold sores by Qoctor

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.

Health Library- Cold Sores (HSV1)

How to treat Head Lice

How to treat Head Lice What are Head Lice? Head Lice are small insects that live in human hair and feed on blood from the scalp. Outbreaks are very common in childcare centres, schools and residential facilities. How do Head Lice spread? Head Lice are spread by close head-to-head contact. Less commonly they can spread by sharing items such as a hairbrushes, combs or pillows. The types of lice that live on other animals do not infect humans. Head Lice do not have wings, so they crawl from place to place- they cannot fly or jump from one person to another. How to get a medical certificate online Are Head Lice a sign of poor hygiene? No. Anyone can get Head Lice! And, whilst Head Lice can cause itch and discomfort, they do not carry or spread any [...]

By | August 29th, 2019|Categories: Common infections, Skin, hair & nail conditions, Children & Babies, Head Lice|

What is Rubella and why is it dangerous?

What is Rubella and why is it dangerous? What is Rubella? Rubella (sometimes called German Measles) is a viral infection.  It used to be very common, but routine vaccination has reduced cases dramatically in Australia. In 2018 the World Health Organisation announced that Australia had eliminated Rubella. However, it is still possible for outbreaks to happen, as people travel here from other regions where Rubella is still common. Get a medical certificate for $19.99 Why is Rubella dangerous? Rubella infection is relatively mild for most people. However, if a woman gets Rubella during pregnancy, if can cause miscarriage or serious birth defects in the developing foetus. What happens if you get Rubella in pregnancy? If a pregnant woman catches Rubella in the first 8-10 weeks of pregnancy, there is a 90% chance of miscarriage or serious birth defects [...]

By | July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Common infections, Contraception & Family Planning, Pregnancy, Rubella, MMR Vaccine|

Why is Measles so serious?

Why is Measles such a dangerous infection? What is Measles? Measles used to be a common illness. The MMR vaccine has dramatically reduced the number of cases in Australia, but in recent times there have been outbreaks due to lower uptake of vaccinations in some areas, as well as people returning from countries where Measles is still common. So why is there such concern when Measles outbreaks occur? Unfortunately, Measles can lead to extremely serious complications, some of which can be life-threatening. Measles is a highly contagious viral illness. It is estimated an infected person will infect about 90% of non-immune people they have contact with. People who have had the MMR vaccination or previous Measles infection will usually be protected from infection. How to get a medical certificate online How is Measles spread? Measles is spread [...]

By | July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Common infections, Children & Babies, Measles|

Flu symptoms- how do you know if you have Influenza?

What are the symptoms of Influenza (Flu)? What is Influenza? Many people say they have “the flu” when they experience viral symptoms, however true Influenza is generally a lot worse than a common cold, and in some cases can even be life-threatening. Influenza or “flu” is a virus that causes infection of the respiratory tract (nose, airways and lungs). It is spread by breathing in the airborne droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes. You can also catch Influenza by touching an object or surface contaminated by an infected person, and then touching your own mouth or nose. A person is usually contagious for a day or so before symptoms of Influenza appear, and for about 5 days afterwards, though people with weakened immune systems may be contagious for slightly longer. Following exposure, it can take 2 or 3 days for flu [...]

By | June 10th, 2019|Categories: Common infections, Our Blog, Influenza|

Symptoms of Glandular Fever

What are the Symptoms of Glandular Fever? What is Glandular Fever? Glandular Fever is the common name for a viral illness called Infectious Mononucleosis. It is usually caused by the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)- a type of herpes virus (related to the cold sore and chicken pox viruses), though some other viruses can cause it. It’s very common, though only about half of people who catch it will develop symptoms. Teenagers and young adults tend to get more obvious symptoms of Glandular Fever than younger children and older adults. Once you’ve had Glandular Fever, the virus that causes it doesn’t leave your system but lies dormant. A small minority of people continue to shed the virus for years after they first catch it (even though they have no ongoing symptoms), which means they can pass it on to non-immune people. What [...]

By | September 30th, 2018|Categories: Common infections, Sore throat, Glandular Fever|

UTI in children- how do you know a child has a UTI?

UTI in children- how do you know a child has a UTI? what is a UTI? symptoms diagnosis treatment What is a UTI? A UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) is an infection in the urinary tract, which is made up of the kidneys the ureters (the tubes that link the kidneys to the bladder) the bladder the urethra (the tube that you pee through) UTIs are usually caused by bacteria and can involve some or all of the urinary tract.  A UTI involving the kidneys tends to make a person much more unwell. UTIs are common in children, particularly in babies that wear nappies. UTIs are also more common in girls, as they have a shorter urethra than boys, making it easier for bacteria to enter the bladder. How do you know if your child [...]

4.8 out of 5
reviewed by Trustpilot