COLD SORES OR THE HERPES SIMPLEX
Cold sores also known as Herpes Simplex Virus or fever blisters are small painful blisters
that develop around a person’s lips or mouth These sores are tiny fluid-filled and are often grouped together
in patches. They can sometimes be inside the mouth, on the face, or even
inside or on the nose. Cold sores usually heal for about 7-14 days without leaving a scar. Cold sores starts
off with an itch or a tingling sensation around your mouth or on the infected area, it commonly appears on
the parts of the lower lip. An outbreak of cold sores usually spread when a person touches the cold
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What happens when you are infected with Cold sores or the Herpes Simplex Virus?
If you are infected with HSV-1 the virus makes its way through the skin and will get into your
nerves. It will remain inactive for most of the time but every now and then certain triggers can activate the
virus. Not everyone who has this virus develops cold sores because the virus never becomes active. Cold sores
can be caused by other infections, stress, hormonal changes in periods, cold weather, sunlight, pregnancy,
tooth extraction and other certain food and drugs. On some cases these are unpredictable.
What are signs or symptoms of Cold sores?
Signs and symptoms will vary depending if it is your first outbreak or a recurrence. First
outbreak can last up to four weeks to heal while recurrence will most likely appear on the same spot and less
severe than the first one.
You will experience the following conditions:
Fever or flu like symptoms
Pain around the mouth of lip area
Swollen glands or lymph nodes around your neck or other parts of the body
These cold sores pass through the following stages. Itching, burning, and tingling where the cold sores appear. Red bumps appears in the area and that bump will become a fluid-filled blister. This will break
out along the edge of the lips meets the skin of the face. These cold sores can also be found around the
noses or the cheeks. Crust forms when the blister dries up and a yellow crust appears in its place then the scab-like
yellow crust falls off and leaves.
Are there treatments for cold sores?
Cold sores usually heal without treatment within one or two weeks. No medicine can make this infection go
away. However you can use antiviral creams or over the counter drugs to relieve the pain and discomfort. You
should seek an advice of a medical health care professional when you have a weakened immune system, the cold
sores won’t heal by themselves at a span or 7-14 days, frequent or recurring cold sores and signs of
any bacterial infections like fever and spreading redness. There are also home remedies for cold sores you
can apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel or anything cool to the area. You can still try herpes
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