The Doctors: Spread Of Cold Sores
On TMI Tuesday, The Doctors covered even more of your most uncomfortable questions. Why did Dr. Jim Sears and Dr. Andrew Ordon start the show by kissing each other? No, it’s not just because of their flourishing bromance. The first topic of the day was cold sores and whether kissing someone with a sore means you’ll develop one yourself.
The Doctors spoke with two viewers who expressed concern over this unsightly health issue. One viewer was embarrassed to turn away every time her aunt kissed her with a giant cold sore. Another viewer wanted to know if it’s possible to spread cold sores even when there are no visible sores on the mouth.
Dr. Travis Stork read that 90% of the population have had cold sores, but since he’s never had one and neither have any of his colleagues, he wasn’t sure that was accurate. As you may know, cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex viruses. Once the virus is contracted, it stays with you for the rest of your life. Even between episodes, the viruses live in your nerve cells. Therefore, it’s possible to spread herpes even without an active blister. So if someone has a cold sore, definitely don’t kiss them. Also, know who you’re sharing cups or utensils with because that’s how the virus is easily spread, especially in children.
The Drs: Does Medication Cause Body Odor?
Does medication cause body odor? For another Doctors viewer, a new prescription left her smelling a little too funky. In fact, new medications can increase body odor, and Dr. Sears is living proof. He noticed himself becoming smelly after he switched to a new Omega-3 supplement.
If something is causing you to smell, use antiperspirants, or try an alternative medication. Don’t forget that a change in odor could also indicate a change in your health, so pay close attention to what your body is telling you.