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You should seek treatment for a cold sore if you have:

  • Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis)
  • Numerous, frequent or extremely painful cold sores
  • An outbreak that doesn’t clear up on its own in about 2 weeks
  • Sores on your eyes, hands, genitals, or another part of your body
  • HIV or cancer
  • A compromised immune system, or if you are undergoing chemotherapy or taking medication that weakens your immune system


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