Cold Sores and How to Deal with them

Cold sores which are really very common when you were young are also called Herpes Simplex One. When you were little did you ever get a weird sore spot on your lip? It may have felt numb at first, then it tingled and started to throb. It soon got worse as it got red and very tender, and then turned into a blister. Another name for it is fever blister, it is very common and almost everyone has gotten one in there lifetime.

So what is a Cold Sore?

They are small, but very painful blisters that most times will appear on your lip, but can show up on your neck, ear, eye, nose in your mouth and other parts of your body. They can also show up in the genital area, but genital herpes is another type of virus called herpes simplex 2 and is gotten by having sex. These two viruses can cause outbreaks in both places.
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Why do I get Cold Sores?

Herpes simplex one is very contagious and is easily spread from one person to the next. Those blisters I talked about earlier will ooze a fluid that is easily spread. Most kids that get a cold sore will dig at it or pick at it an spread it with their hands. Some people who have the virus may never experience a breakout, but can still spread the virus.

When you get infected the virus enters through the skin and takes over a group of nerve cells. It goes into remission and will come alive every once in while causing a cold sore. The virus acts different in everyone, some people will never have an outbreak and stay dormant in their body forever.

Why does the Virus wake up?

This is a question that no one really knows. You do not have to have a cold to get a cold sore. They are usually brought on by stress, getting too much sun, temperature change, your immune system breaking down or it could be from a fever or flu. Women who are pregnant or menstruating will have issues also. Some people have eaten certain foods that have caused breakouts.  But in most people the outbreaks are just unpredictable.

How do I treat cold sores?

Cold sores will clear up on there own in about a week to ten days. There are no medications to keep the virus away, but there are some that will shorten the length and help with the pain.

6 Responses to “Cold Sores and How to Deal with them”

  1. Jenny says:

    So the cold sores I had when I was younger was herpes? I did not know that, thank you for the information.

    • Randi says:

      Yes, cold sores, fever blisters are herpes. A lot of people are not aware of this. thanks for posting.

  2. Randy says:

    So as I get older the virus will be less likely to pop up?? At what age do you rarely see the virus coming back?

  3. Roxanne B. says:

    So this program will bet rid of cold sores too?

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