Z-Cold Sore

Cold sores or "fever blisters" cause a highly visible rash that appears on or near your lips. Recurrences are common and they are quickly and easily treated with an antiviral medication.

What causes a cold sore?

  • Herpesvirus-1 (HSV-1) infection is the most common cause, HSV-2 is less common
  • After an initial infection, cold sores will reappear occasionally
  • Stress or other illness may trigger a flare-up
  • Small blisters on or around the lips
  • Minor redness near the blisters
  • Clear liquid may drain from the blisters
  • Tingling may occur before the rash appears
  • There may be an enlarged lymph node in the neck or chin region
  • Recurrences may be in the same or different locations

What can I expect?

  • Our online assessment will help determine if you are a good candidate for treatment
  • Your outbreak will improve faster with antiviral medication
  • Recurrences may occur from time to time
  • You can be treated any time you have a flare-up
  • Just answer a few questions to get started with your online visit

What happens next?

  • Create an MDAnywhere account. Required on your first visit only and can be completed at any time, even in advance
  • Complete your online visit by answering a few medical interview questions and providing your medical history
  • Once these two steps are complete, a physician will review your entire visit and treatment request
  • Your treatment plan will be shared with you minutes after the physician reviews your request
  • You will be notified if there is any additional information needed
  • Any necessary prescriptions or vaccine orders will be sent to your pharmacy
  • A copy of any lab or vaccine orders can be sent directly to you for added convenience
  • If, at any point, online treatment is not recommended, you will not be charged
  • Rest assured, your private information will be protected, stored securely, and kept confidential

The information displayed on this page is for informational purposes only and is not medical opinion or advice.