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What is the difference between a cold/flu or a cold sore/fever blister?

I mean they both look the same to me. Unless you can explain it better or different...Thanks!

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:00 AM on Dec. 3, 2009 in Health

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  • There is no difference, they are caused by the Herpes virus, when you have a cold people who are prone to breaking out with them, also from stress, sun etc...

    Answer by kimigogo at 11:22 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • ditto to what kim said.

    it is all caused by the herpes virus (which has many variations)... when your immune system is down they tend to appear, which is why they are referred to as "cold sores". it is in fact not at all linked to cold/flu, they simply tend to appear more when the immune system is at a low point... herpes is also HIGHLY contagious, and not curable. avoid ANY contact- kissing, eating off of the same utensils, sharing drinks/bottles/cups, sharing chapstick, or ANY oral sexual encounter (yes, you CAN spread the infection to the genital areas- as well as nipples, even your eyes! it is all comprised of the same tissue, and can be affected by the virus). sunburns, or irritation from perfumes/defoliants can also trigger an outbreak. i lived with my ex for 7 years, and never contracted the virus, because i am completely OCD about cleanliness... wouldn't even share a cup when he didn't have an outbreak!

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 11:40 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • PPs know their stuff on oral herpes.

    Colds are usually bacterial in nature (green snot is a sign). Colds can also be an immune response to pollution, allergens, or other weird germs. Some colds will require antibiotics because the are caused by bacteria.

    The flu is from the influenza virus. There are millions of flu virus strains. Antibiotics don't fix the flu. it's a virus, not a bacteria.

    If you get a cold sore/ herpes blister, take L Lysine supplements. It's an amino acid that helps control viruses. Your body gets some from food.

    Answer by ecodani at 12:28 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

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