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What causes sore throat with cold sores?

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Dr. Monika Dede

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Posted on Mon, 6 Aug 2018 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: Hi. I have a slight sore throat. My lips are slightly swollen. My tongue itches a little bit. I feel as though I have little sores -- like canker sores but there are no red or white bumps -- inside my mouth. Sometimes I get cold sores. I thought I'd gargle with salt and water. Any ideas of what this might be and should I take precautions not to infect anyone else (like kissing my husband -- who does not have these symptoms). Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Monika Dede 58 minutes later
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Brief Answer:
This could be a viral situation.

I have read carefully your history and I think that this could be just a viral situation.
Furthermore, during this time you cannot kiss your husband till the moment you will not have symptoms.
I suggest to use just oral antiseptic during this time.

Please could you send me a picture of your tongue and lips.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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