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An overview of cold sores and cold sores remedies

Cold sores are fluid-filled, blisters that appear on lips, nose or mouth and can be painful. They are caused by a virus and sometimes accompany the common cold. Unlike other viral infections, cold sores are not completely eliminated by the body’s natural defenses. You’ll need to learn more about cold sores and cold sores remedies to deal with them effectively when they occur.

Causes of the cold sore

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Two types of herpes simplex virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2, are known to cause sores on the genitals (genital herpes) and mouth (herpes labialis) when they enter the body. HSV-1 and HSV-2 virus usually enter the body through a break on the skin.

The herpes simplex virus is spread when a person comes in to contact with a cold sore or touches HSV infected fluid, such as when kissing an infected person and sharing eating utensils with an infected person. Parents often spread infection to their children in these ways.

HSV virus does not have a cure. When a person is infected, the virus stays in their body for the rest of their life. While HSV does not have a cure, there are a number of effective ways to treat cold sores no matter how sever the case is after the condition has been diagnosed.

Diagnosing cold sores

In most cases, you won’t have to take a test to diagnose cold sores. Your doctor or physician will be able tell if you are suffering the cold sore by simply examining you and asking a series of questions to determine if you have been in contact with the HSV virus. Once your doctor determines you have the cold sore, you can start treatment and pursue other cold sores remedies as soon as possible.

Treatment and remedies for cold sores

The cold sore heals on its own within a few days, usually seven to 10 days. However, cold sores remedies and treatment include use of pills, skin creams and ointments. Treating cold sore is often necessary if the sores are painful or cause discomfort and embarrassment. Nevertheless, treatment only results in a faster recovery period of only one or two days.

Preventive measures of the cold sore involve keeping the herpes simplex virus at bay. Don’t share personal items like drinking and eating utensils and shaving razors. Also, avoid contact with infected HSV body fluids.

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