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Are Cold Sores a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?

Are cold sores a Sexually Transmitted Disease?

The herpes virus carries a stigma. While various labels are crucial for basic understanding, not every type of herpes is an STD. Most individuals who carry HSV acquired the virus through non-sexual acts. The definition is determined by the action. If you currently have herpes and the viral transfer took place during sexual activity, then you […]

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Can You Get Facial (Trigeminal) Nerve Pain After a Cold Sore?

Can cold sores cause nerve pain?

Cold sores have painful symptoms. Facial nerve pain after the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) has been activated is less common, but it can occur. Other medical conditions affect the nerves in the face, so a self-diagnosis can be difficult. Responsible for most of your facial sensations, the trigeminal nerve is adversely affected by HSV-1. This […]

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Why Did My Cold Sore Scab Turn Black?

Why has my cold sore gone black?

Cold sores are painful skin lesions that occur on the face due to the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). They all follow a 5-stage life cycle. The healing process is similar to other ‘injured’ areas of skin. Scabbed areas (during stage 4) can sometimes change color to black. While it may be alarming to see a black […]

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Can You Get Cold Sores in Your Throat (Herpes Esophagitis)?

What is Herpes Esophagitis?

While rare, cold sores (herpes simplex virus) can infect the throat and esophagus. It typically affects people with a severely compromised immune system. It can be confused with other medical conditions that are unrelated to herpes, so a diagnosis must be made by a medical professional. Conditions such as strep throat, for example, can mimic […]

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Skin Conditions Caused by Stress and Anxiety

How does anxiety affect the skin?

Stress and anxiety can lead to a variety of skin conditions and make existing problems worse. While many triggers can irritate the skin, your level of emotional control can also play a huge part. Weakened immune health, if only for brief moments, can be sufficient to impact your skin negatively. The concept of emotions rising […]

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