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A pox upon you! How you, and Rihanna, feel with a cold sore

Well, a cold sore isn’t really a ‘pox’, which refers to smallpox during the Elizabethean era, but it feels like it when you have one displayed prominently on your lip or face. Here’s a couple of photos from 2009, Rihanna … Continue reading

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Itchy fingers with fluid-filled blisters? Think herpes simplex infection.

When the cluster of blisters appear on the fingers, it’s actually called Herpetic Whitlow, a herpes simplex infection.  60% of herpes whitlow is caused by the same virus as a cold sore, herpes simplex virus I, while 40% are caused … Continue reading

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Short Answer: Cold Sore vs Canker Sore. What’s the Difference?

Cold sores erupt outside the mouth On the lips, around the mouth, in the nose area, and for some, the face, hands, chest, arms, fingers.  Yep, they’re caused by herpes simplex I, a virus that more people than not have … Continue reading

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