Cold Sores (also called facial herpes, labial herpes or orofacial herpes) are caused by a virus, usually herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which is passed from person to person by direct contact with infected skin or saliva.
Most people are infected with HSV-1 for the first time during childhood. The first infection, known as a primary infection, is not accompanied by symptoms in 70% of individuals. If symptoms do occur, they most often include a fever, flu-like symptoms, a sore mouth and a sore throat (pharyngitis).
Painful blisters can occur on the tongue, in the mouth and near and on the lips. These blisters are most often mild. The blisters, which develop into ulcers, last for approximately 12 days. The number of blisters generally peaks at about 6 days and then decreases. There can be neck pain and enlarged lymph nodes. The lymph nodes can be seen or felt as bumps below the skin. There can be bad breath and drooling. In severe cases, children may refuse to eat or drink because of the pain caused by the infection. In such cases, their guardians should visit a physician. In older people (such as teenagers) who become infected with the virus for the first time, the symptoms may be more severe than in young children. The sore throat and flu-like symptoms may be difficult to distinguish from glandular fever.
Recurrent Cold Sores (HSV-1 Infection):
Infection with HSV-1 can cause recurrent symptoms, commonly known as cold sores. Most people are infected with HSV-1 but only one-fifth to two-fifths are thought to develop cold sores. Many people, who experience cold sores, have two or three outbreaks (recurrences) each year. Recurrences are shorter and there is generally less discomfort than during a primary infection. Blisters tend to be more localized than during a primary infection and normally heal within 8–10 days. Pain subsides quickly, often in 4–5 days. The triggers for a cold sore outbreak are not certain but may include sunlight (UV light), fever, stress, or surgical procedures (e.g. dentistry).
Cause of Cold Sores
You get Cold Sores due to virus reactivating in our bodies
The Virus that Causes Cold Sores is Infectious
The Virus from Cold Sores can infect other areas of the body
Early Treatment Can Help Eliminate the Cold Sore
Cold Sores - Prevent and Treat Them
Cold sores are very common and quite contagious. Sometimes referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex1 virus (HSV-1). They can appear as a single blister or cluster of them, often recurring in the same location, including on and around your lips, nose, chin or cheeks. Cold sores are often confused with canker sores, but canker sores are actually sores or ulcers that occur inside your mouth, and are not contagious.
Causes and Triggers
We are usually infected by the virus when we are children, and once the virus enters our bodies it never leaves. Most of the times, the virus quietly hides or sleeps in our central nervous system, but certain triggers cause it to "wake up" and cause cold sores. Common triggers include stress, menstruation, sunlight, fever, dry chapped lips, or local skin trauma.
How a Cold Sore Develops
Many people who suffer from cold sores know when one is coming by the distinctive (and often dreaded) tingling or burning, redness, itching or pain they feel around their lips or mouth. This is the first stage of a cold sore and these symptoms are sometimes called prodromal symptoms. This first stage can happen very quickly - from a few hours to a day or two. You might even go to bed without any symptoms and wake up to find you have a cold sore!
The next stage of a cold sore is the formation of one or more blisters. After the blister(s) has developed, it breaks and an unsightly yellow crust forms. Within a few days this crust falls off and leaves behind a pinkish skin that heals without a scar. The entire process usually takes between 8 to 10 days.
It is important to remember that cold sores are contagious. The virus can be passed from person to person and from one area of your body to another through skin-to-skin contact - even when blisters are not present. The virus is often transferred by kissing or oral sex, as well as by hands or fingers that have touched a cold sore. The virus can even be passed by sharing cups, cans, glasses, eating utensils, towels and food items such as sandwiches.
Cold Sore Treatment
You can't cure or prevent cold sores, but you can take steps to reduce how often they occur and shorten the length of an outbreak.
Cold sores often clear up without treatment in 7 to 10 days. Early treatment during the initial tingling or burning stage may stop the blister from forming, or help the cold sore heal faster once it has formed. It's good to know that there are certain antiviral products that can help. Also, herbal and homeopathic preparations are known to stimulate the immune system of the affected individual so as to combat the virus and cause healing of the outbreaks.
Cold Sore Prevention
You can take steps to guard against cold sores - to prevent them from occurring and to prevent the virus from being passed to other parts of your body or to other persons:
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Symptoms caused by HSV 1 infection (HSV 1 is known to affect the following areas of the body.)
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