Cold Sores: Frequently Asked Questions

Cold sore, known as oral herpes, causes pain and itch around your mouth or lips. With fever blisters, cold sores are easy to be infected. You may get the infection through kissing an infected person. Or when touching some blisters of other infected people, your chance of contract oral herpes is also high. Even though cold sores are so common, people haven’t known about it clearly. Thus, here are some asked questions about cold sores that you need to know.

Who usually gets cold cores?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1). HSV2 sometimes leads to the infection. Thus, all people who are infected with the HSV1 virus will get oral herpes. About two-thirds of people are infected with the virus. Children and the old tend to develop cold sores. It’s because they have weakened immune system that can’t fight the virus.

Why won’t the immune system kill the herpes virus?

Normally, the healthy immune system will protect yourself from foreign substances. It also controls the virus within a week when the virus begins active. But after being infected, the virus will stay dormant in the nerves that the immune system can’t reach to kill it.

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Does poor personal hygiene cause oral herpes?

Absolutely not. Oral herpes is caused by the virus, so poor personal hygiene doesn’t relate to cold sores. But you need to practice good personal hygiene to avoid fungal infection and other skin problems.

How does the virus spread?

It can spread through body fluids. Fluids usually appear on lips of an infected person. Kissing or touching blisters may give the virus to your body. You may develop the infection by drinking the same glasses or sharing the utensils. Oral sex also increases infection of your partner’s genital area.

How can I know it’s a cold sore?

It’s so easy. You can feel some changes around your mouth or lips, cheek, or nose. Initially, you may feel itch and pain at the certain area. Then, some blisters will appear. Cold sore is different from canker sore. While cancer sore develops inside your mouth, cold sore appears mostly on your lips and around mouth.

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Is there a good way to get rid of cold sores?

Yes. The best way to get rid of cold sores is to prevent them. You can prevent them by healthy diet with rich vitamin C, E and lysine. Besides, try to avoid triggers of a cold sore.

What is the best treatment for cold sores?

It’s unluckily when you are infected the virus, you shouldn’t be worried. There are several ways to help fight against the virus. Doctors may recommend you some prescribed medicines to your cold sores. Acyclovir, Valacyclovir, Famiclovir are some effective medicines to kill the virus. They can cure your cold sores fast. But they also show side effects in a few cases.

Topical creams are necessary for your cold sores. They may be gentler and more beneficial than medicines. Some useful creams for cold sores are Abreva, ProsurX and others.

Not only that, it’s important for you to boost your immune system with healthy diet. A healthy immune system helps fight not only cold sores but also other infections. Thus, you should add more foods with vitamin A, C, E, lysine and other supplements.

Is ProsurX effective for killing cold sores?

Of course! In some of topical creams, ProsurX is considered the best cream for herpes infections. It can treat both oral and genital herpes. The product works by killing the virus both on the surface and in lower skin layers. Thus, fever blisters are cleared up effectively and outbreaks rarely occur. Thousands of people with cold sores have showed good results with ProsurX. If having some initial signs of a cold sore, you should apply it as soon as possible to see good results.

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Can outbreaks recur after treatments?

Yes. Outbreaks of an oral herpes still occur if you develop triggers. After treatments, you need to take care of yourself and boost the immune system. Keeping triggers out of yourself is the best way to prevent outbreaks.

What kinds of triggers of an outbreak?

It’s a little bit difficult to find out triggers clearly. There are lots of triggers, they also develop depending on individuals. But the most important triggers can be environmental factors, stress and weakened immune system. Here are some common triggers you need to know:

–  Diabetes, or other chronic diseases

–  Fever and illness

–  Allergic reactions like foods, drinks

– UV rays

–  Physical injures

–  Fatigue, lack of sleep

–  Stress, emotional problems

– Dental treatment

– Dry lips

How long does it take an oral herpes to go away?

Typically, a cold sore infection lasts 7-14 days. But with treatments, you can speed the healing time and remove blisters fast. Besides, outbreaks may be milder than the initial one.

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Can I get a cold sore from the sun?

Nope. You can’t get a cold sore from the sun directly. But, contacting with sunlight in a long time may make your existing cold sores worse. So, if you’re developing cold sores, you should avoid sunlight. If going out, try to apply sunscreen.

Can a cold sore spread to your body?

Of course! But it’s rare. This happens when you touch a cold sore. Then, touching an area of broken skin. That may cause your infection in other parts of the body. So, you need to wash your hands after touching blisters. It’s essential for you to not touch the cold sores.

Cold sore isn’t dangerous. But outbreaks often occur and cause difficulties in eating and drinking. You may have pain from them. Thus, to prevent an oral herpes infection, you need to know what it is. Then, you will find ways to avoid them. Unluckily, you may get it. Above information will help you find suitable treatments to cure your infection.