Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are classified as type 1 herpes. Contrary to popular belief, cold sores are extremely common in all demographics. As a lot of the population has the type 1 herpes virus, it is important to note how it’s spread and what can be done to treat the virus.
How Do Cold Sores Spread?
Unfortunately, cold sores, or the herpes type 1 virus, spread very easily. If you come into contact with discharge from an infected person’s mouth, skin, or genitals, chances are the virus has now been spread to you. When an individual has a cold sore, the virus is extremely contagious, however, some can spread the virus to those around them even when there is no cold sore present.
Mentioned previously, cold sores spread when an individual comes into direct contact with the discharge of an infected person and this can be done in a number of ways. For instance, sharing cutlery, towels, cosmetics, or drinking glasses and mugs with a person infected will lead to a cold sore. Additionally, if a person has the virus or a cold sore present, avoid physical contact, such as sexual intercourse and kissing.
Signs That You Are Infected
It isn’t always easy to determine whether or not someone is infected with the virus, however, there are a few signs that you can watch out. If you experience any of the following, he or she might be infected with the herpes type 1 virus; sensitivity on the lips or skin surrounding the mouth that is producing an itchy or burning feeling, a rash appearing on the mouth or lips, and finally, trouble swallowing.
Treatment Options for Cold Sores
Once an individual has the herpes type 1 virus, it stays in their system until something triggers an outbreak. Therefore, some people get cold sores quite often. For instance, the weather can be a trigger for some people, and spending too much time in the sun or in the cold can cause a cold sore to appear. If this occurs, consult a doctor who can give you suggestions on how to control your outbreaks.
Typically, a cold sore should heal and disappear within 7 to 10 days. However, if your cold sores persist for longer or you are starting to show symptoms of a bacterial infection, seek medical help as soon as possible.
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