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Cold Sores Symptoms And Treatment

By Sally Gomes on October 06, 2010

Cold sores or fever blisters are found on the lips and and the mouth. The blisters are small and painful, and may last for a few days, often up to 2 weeks. You get red, swollen skin around the area of infection. The sores sometimes burst, oozing a transparent liquid. The virus that causes cold sores is immune to the body's defense system, which is why symptoms tend to recur.

What causes cold sores?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are 2 strains of the herpes simplex virus: HSV-I and HSV-II. Both strains can cause sores.

This virus is highly contagious. It enters the body through a pore on the skin around the mouth or inside it. The infection spreads when the affected individual makes contact with the sore or the fluid it contains. Sexual contact such as kissing can also transmit the virus from one individual to another. If you have cold sores on the outside of the mouth, you should be very careful while shaving. A sharp razor stroke over the sores may cause it to burst.

What are the symptoms of fever blisters?

Pain around the mouth or on the lips, accompanied by a sore throat or fever, may be a warning sign that cold sores are about to appear. Children sometimes drool before the symptoms appear. No appearance of symptoms despite the presence of the virus is also a possible outcome.

Is there any way I can prevent cold sores?

It's better not to get the virus in the first place. All you need to do is practice caution. Avoid coming in physical contact with an individual who has the virus. Also, do not touch utensils, dresses or other personal items that an affected individual uses.

Once you get the sores, there is nothing you can do but to seek medical help. There are certain simple things you can try to lessen the severity of cold sores and make life less painful for you.

Be attentive to personal hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap
  • Never touch the blisters
  • Use towels that are clean
  • Be very gentle while cleaning the affected areas

Is there any cure for cold sores?

Unfortunately, there is none. Once the herpes virus enters your body, it stays with you for the rest of your life. Medicines can only help keep the virus in a latent state, so that you do not suffer from the painful outbreaks from time to time. Oral antiviral medicines and topical ointments are helpful in keeping the symptoms within tolerable limits. It is the initial stage of the sores outbreak that some people find difficult to bear. Difficulties in swallowing food, drinking and sleeping are normal during the early stages. Talk to your doctor right away if fever does not go away or a sore throat continues to trouble you. You should remember the fact that the severity of any transmitted condition depends on an individual's natural defense mechanism. If you are too weak and your immune system not functioning to the mark, it may take longer than usual to treat cold sores.

121doc is an online clinic which offers cold sores treatment on prescription after free online consultation. Valtrex is an anti viral medicine and can be use for treatment of cold sores, genital herpes and shingles.

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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