Treat Me Right: The Cold Sore Quiz

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Treat Me Right: The Cold Sore Quiz
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Cold sores can be a real nuisance. And since they're caused by a herpes virus, there's no cure -- just ways to get you through the latest flare-up. How much do you know about their cause and treatments?
What is another name for cold sores?
fever blisters
"Fever blisters" is another common term for cold sores.
lip scabs
cracked lips

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Cold sores are caused by which type of virus?
common cold
HIV
herpes
The herpes virus is the culprit behind cold sores.

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What class of herpes virus is associated with cold sores?
herpes simplex virus type 1
herpes simplex virus type 2
both
Herpes simplex virus type 1 is the form of herpes that most commonly causes cold sores, but herpes simplex virus type 2 can also lead to them.

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Which of the following is NOT known to trigger cold sores?
a cold
soft drinks
If you have the herpes virus, a number of things -- including viral infections, dental treatments and even hormone fluctuations -- can cause a cold sore to surface. Specific beverages, however, aren't known to spur the development of cold sores.
dental treatment

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How long does the herpes virus typically last?
a week
a month
a lifetime
The herpes virus is with you for life, but it can remain dormant for long periods of time.

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About how long does it take an untreated cold sore to go away?
3 days
10 days
Most cold sores go away on their own in a week to 10 days.
14 days

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What kind of medication can shorten the healing time of a cold sore?
antibiotic
antiviral
Because cold sores are caused by a virus, antibiotics and antifungals are ineffective treatments.
antifungal

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Topical medications with which type of ingredient can help with cold sore pain?
anti-inflammatory
anti-infective
anesthetic
Anesthetic ingredients like lidocaine, tetracaine, dibucaine, benzyl alcohol and benzocaine help dull pain.

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Popping or picking at a cold sore can do what to it?
cause it to spread
Releasing any liquid from inside the sore can cause it to spread.
make it last longer
have no effect

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What type of compress do some people believe is helpful in treating cold sores?
cold compress
warm compress
both
While not backed by scientific research, many people find that cold or warm compresses help banish cold sores.

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You Got:
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