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Cold sores are a cluster of small blisters that develop around the nose or mouth.
The medical term for a cold sore is herpes simplex virus one (HSV-1).
They are also known to some as a fever blister.
coldsores can vary in size and severity, either on your lips, nose or chin even sometimes on your gums or roof of the mouth.
You will only need to see a GP if you feel that the virus is spreading to other areas of the body, they should clear up within 10 – 14 days.
Below I have answered all common questions asked about the cold sore.
Including medication and remedies. just click on a topic to read details.
What causes cold sores
Possible Causes Of outbreaks
- Feeling Run Down Fatigue
- Menstrual Cycle
- Infections or fever
- Changes in the Immune system
A cold sore is caused by coming into contact with the HSV-1 virus at some point in your life.
Its contracted during contact with Someone having an outbreak, of the virus it can lay dormant for many years is may been someone in your childhood you came into contact with.
The virus can be contracted in many different ways kissing, using the same utensils, cups
Anything the carriers cold sore came into contact with has the potential to spread the virus.
Hsv-1 can develop into HSV-2 which is a sexually transmitted disease genital herpes.
67% of the population of the world are carriers.
That’s 3.7 billion people Some people are prone to breakouts whilst others may never suffer.
Stages Of The Cold Sore
The first stage – is a tingling or burning sensation on or around the mouth, this indicates the start or a potential breakout.
You should be considering at this point using one of the recommended treatments, to help prevent or speed up the healing process.
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Second Stage – A blister or small cluster of blisters will appear this is the most sensitive and painful stage of the process. You could now use a compeed invisible plaster to cover the affected area and help stop the spread of the virus to cutlery cups toothbrushes etc.
Third Stage – The blister will burst and scab over, the healing process will take over.
The cold sore shouldn’t be present after 14 days if symptoms persist consult a doctor.
It is very important to not come in contact with babies, their immune system hasn`t formed correctly yet and can cause serious implications even death if you suspect a baby has been in contact and is starting to show signs contact you, doctor or midwife, immediately. to read more click here
Are Cold sores contagious?
Cold Sores are Highly contagious From the first moment you feel the tingling or burning sensation until it’s healed and dissapeareed.
Cold sores are most contagious when the blister is leaking fluid, so cleanliness and care of area is paramount.
Keeping your hands regularly washed helps contain the virus and stops spreading across multiple surfaces.
Protection and prevention should be carried out from the start.
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Cold Sore On Lip
An outbreak can vary in size, and position on your lips, generally it contains a cluster of small blisters.
The virus can spread on to the nose, chin and even sometimes gums or roof of the mouth.
The best way to contain the outbreak is to not touch the affected area.
Don’t rub creams or ointments, just dab and make sure hands are cleaned before and after application.
It is imperative that you do not share tubes with others and keep contact with the affected area as limited as possible.
Before helps reduce introducing an infection to the affected area.
Afterwards to help stop the virus spreading.
You could consider using a compeed plaster to help contain the virus or one of our recommended Treatments to help slow or stop the process.
Cold Sore on Nose
They can appear on the nose inside the nostril, lips, chin and even sometimes gums or roof of the mouth.
The outbreak can vary in size and position and contains a cluster of small blisters.
The best way to contain the outbreak is to not touch the affected area.
wash hands regularly to help contain the virus.
You could consider using a compeed plaster to help contain the virus.
Or consider one of our recommended Treatments to help slow or stop the process.
How To Get Rid Of A Cold Sore
There are no known cures for HSV-1 virus. 67% of the world’s population carry the virus and are unaware.
There are various ways listed below to try and contain or stop the fever blister appearing check out our review and treatments page.
Tingle, burning stage – Best thing now is to try and stop it in its tracks. There are various products including medication, heat or light treatment. That can be used at this stage to help prevent the cold sore from developing.
Containment – Stop the spread of the virus to other parts of your body and other people you can use an invisible plaster or a gel to cover the affected area.
Elevating the pain – some of the treatments help speed up the process of healing and numb the affected area see reviews.
I have put a list together of most recommended just click the link below.
Infants & Toddlers
Neonatal Herpes can be very serious for a young baby, whose immune system will not have fully developed to fight off the virus.
Neonatal herpes is a rare condition in the UK.
The best way to avoid herpes and babies is just to avoid contact with people who are having an outbreak.
Click here to visit the NHS website for details.
Cold Sore Complications
People with damaged or weak immune systems or undergoing cancer treatment ie chemotherapy are at risk of complications.
Most certainly tell your GP during your consultation stages about a potential outbreak occurring because of the potential for it causes damage.
Especially if you are prone to them monthly outbreaks.
Dehydration – Can occur due in the elderly or vulnerable because they may have stopped drinking. As a result of the pain so it should be monitored.
The herpes simplex virus can easily spread to other parts of your body.Below is a list.
- skin infections – can often occur if the virus comes into contact with broken skin.
- Herpetic whitlow (whitlow finger) – this causes painful sores and blisters to appear on and around your fingers
- Herpetic keratoconjunctivitis – this causes swelling and irritation (inflammation) of your eye area.
- encephalitis – swelling of the brain ( Very Rare)
If the virus gets into your eyes it could cause blindness in extreme cases. To help limit the chances of this occurring, try to avoid your eyes.
If you wear contact lenses, wash your hands with antibacterial soap will help stop the virus spreading.
Herpes simplex virus primary infection
Symptoms of the primary infection are most likely to develop in children younger than five years old. Symptoms include:
- swollen and irritated gums with small, painful sores in and around the mouth – is known as herpes simplex gingivostomatitis
- sore throat and swollen glands
- producing more saliva than normal
- high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
- feeling sick (nausea)
Herpes simplex gingivostomatitis usually affects young children
Adults can develop gingivostomatitis, it last 7 to 14 days, with the sores taking up to three weeks to heal.
Gingivostomatitis doesn’t usually recur after the primary infection.
Primary herpes simplex viruses are rare in adults, but the symptoms are similar to those experienced by children.
You’ll usually have a sore throat with or without swollen glands.
You may also have bad breath (halitosis) and painful sores in and around your mouth. These can develop into ulcers with grey or yellow centres.
If herpes simplex virus is contracted at an early age, it could be triggered periodically in later life.
Causing recurring bouts of cold sores.
After the primary infection is under control and healed.
Future symptoms are usually reduced, to just the cold sores themselves.
Hopefully, you have found all the info on the site helpful and the reviews i have done on the various treatments and pain relief have helped.
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on a final note I would just like to add a couple of things to keep in mind.
The best way to try and stop the cold sore progressing, is to use one of the pre-treatments.
Ie heat or light treatments maybe even try out the medication if your out breaks are monthly try taking some the week before
See if that helps, its all about control as we cannot get rid of the virus once we have it.