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Cold Sore Symptoms

What Are Cold Sore Symptoms?

Cold sores are blisters that form around the exterior lips or inside the mouth, caused by an infection with the “Herpes Simplex Virus.” In conversation, cold sores generally refer to blisters around the mouth and are known as Type 1. Anytime a single cold sore appears it is considered an outbreak, although outbreaks commonly produce multiple sores. Cold sores cause mild discomfort to extreme physical pain. Their severity usually depends on how many previous outbreaks have occurred, as well as how quickly an Antiviral is administered.

“The Herpes Simplex Virus transfers easily between people often through normal human interaction, like kissing.”

— CDC.GOV

Symptoms of a first-time cold sore outbreak may include:

  • Painful blisters on the mouth, lips, nose or throat
  • Cold sore blisters will eventually pop and scab over in order to begin healing the affected tissue
  • Mouth and throat pain
  • Swelling in the neck
  • Fever and body aches (similar to flu-symptoms)
  • Cold sore symptoms last about 12 days

Why Do I Have A Cold Sore?

The virus that causes cold sores (Herpes Simplex Virus) transfers easily between people often through normal human interaction, like kissing or sharing a drink. The virus can be transferred during oral sex, from genitals to mouth, for example. As a result, herpes has developed a stigma that commonly leads to embarrassment. But the truth is we live with viruses every day, it’s part of what makes us human.

How Do I Get Rid Of A Cold Sore?

The good news is that cold sores can be successfully treated and Suppressed With Meds to limit the extent of future outbreaks. The quicker you take the medication, the less severe (if at all) the outbreak. Unless actively treated, herpes can spread between partners even in the absence of any external symptoms through a process called Viral Shedding.

There are a few types of herpes treatment:

  • Antiviral medicine helps your body fight the herpes simplex virus by reducing the impact of symptoms and shortening the duration that symptoms will last. Antiviral medication works best when taken immediately after symptoms begin.
  • Other common treatment of herpes sores focuses on minimizing the discomfort and pain of oral and genital sores. While over-the-counter products do exist, the most effective Topical Pain Cream For Herpes requires a doctor’s prescription. While this type of treatment does not fight the virus directly, it makes living through an outbreak much less uncomfortable.
  • Because herpes medication works with your body’s natural defenses to fight the virus, another way to actively prevent outbreaks is by taking All-Natural Supplements that help strengthen the immune response when the virus flares up.

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Are Cold Sores The Same Thing As Herpes?Dropdown caret

Herpes simplex virus causes cold sores and genital herpes. When only cold sores are present during an outbreak, this state is referred to as, "HSV-1," and when sores occur around the genitals, "HSV-2." Both states of the virus can be transmitted outbreaks to another person's mouth or genitals, i.e. cold sore to genitals

Can I Get Herpes From Someone Without Cold Sores?Dropdown caret

Yes. Unless actively treated, herpes can spread between partners even in the absence of external symptoms through a process called "viral shedding." Taking a suppressive dose of antivirals is an effective way to limit the likelihood of transmitting the virus when you or your sexual partner is asymptomatic.

Can You Stop A Cold Sore Outbreak?Dropdown caret

The quicker you take medication, the less severe (if at all) the outbreak will be. Keeping meds on hand ensures you can begin treatment while the virus is still prodromal (or in its beginning phase).