Cold Sores Overview

by GuestPoster on April 19, 2012

Cold sores or fever blisters are little blisters that usually occur around the mouth area. This can cause the skin to be sore, swell and turn red in color. Cold sores will usually go away after 10 to 14 days.

The causes: Cold sores are caused by two types of the Herpes Simplex Virus – the HSV 1 and HSV 2. They can cause cold sores on lips and the mouth area and also in the genital area.

Transmitting the virus: The virus can be transmitted through direct physical contact or indirect contact. It can be transmitted through saliva or by using the utensils used by an infected person. If an infected person kisses someone, that someone will almost surely have blisters after a couple of days. But even if someone touches the infected person’s s saliva or uses utensils or other things he or she has touched, they can be infected.

Acquiring cold sores: One can acquire cold sores from cold sore transmitters such as the utensils such as a spoon, fork or plate that person with the herpes virus used. It can also be spread by razors, toothbrushes and towels. If you kiss a person with the herpes virus or touch his saliva, it is almost certain that you will have cold sores in four to five days.

Its symptoms: The first symptom that will occur is pain around your mouth area. You can also have a fever, sore throat or swelling in the glands in your neck and other parts of the body. Blisters will appear right after this stage and will leak a fluid inside them. The symptoms will go away after a couple of weeks.

Treatment for cold sores: Cold sores will heal on their own after a week or two. You don’t need anything to get rid of it because it will just go away. However, if you really want to have it treated, you can take lotions, oils, creams and pills over the counter to treat it. But, you must remember that you can not cure the virus by using these remedies; the virus will not go away. Once you acquire the virus, it will remain in your body until you die. You can just get treatment to lessen the pain it causes.

Preventing cold sores: To prevent yourself from getting the virus, you must not make any physical contact with a person that has the virus. Do not touch, kiss or use the things of that person. If you have health insurance that covers prescriptions, ask your doctors to prescribe medications to reduce cold sores.

Reduce the break outs: Since the virus will not go away once you’ve acquired it, the only thing you can do is to lessen its outbreaks and prevent it from spreading. You can do this by avoiding getting cold and flu, using lip balm, protecting your skin from the sun, not sharing things with other people and always keeping your hands clean. By doing all of these, you will help not only yourself but also the people around you.

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