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Are you suffering from a cold sore?

Cold sores are probably the most visible viral infection out there. These liquid-filled blisters are uncomfortable, making the area around your mouth itch and scab. At times, they can also be painful. You can get quick diagnosis and relief form an online healthcare professional.

Common Cold Sore Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Muscle aches

The three cold sore stages are:

  • Itchiness
  • Blistering – generally around your mouth
  • Bursting blisters that crust, crack, and release fluid – often this liquid is transparent
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do cold sores mean you have an STD?

If you notice a cold sore on your lip, this does not necessarily mean you have an STD. It is true that Herpes, the underlying virus that causes cold sores, can be transmitted sexually. Nevertheless, this is not the only kind of transmission vector for Herpes and therefore, it is not the only way you might end up getting cold sores.

How do you get rid of cold sores fast?

The only way to get rid of cold sores faster than usual, is with antiviral medication. Otherwise, you can only treat the discomfort caused by your cold sores.

How do I stop getting cold sores?

The best way of not having cold sores, is to avoid getting them. You can reduce the likelihood of getting cold sores and spreading them to other parts of your body if you:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly after coming into contact with a cold sore
  • Replacing items such as lip balms, toothbrushes, towels, and anything else that touches your face, when you have an outbreak
  • Avoid sharing items such as razors
  • Apply sunscreen if you are going to spend significant time under the sun
  • Do not kiss or come into close contact with people who have cold sores, or avoid coming into close contact with other people if you have an outbreak

To understand cold sores better, it is important to become acquainted with the symptoms. This is especially true for people who have never had cold sores and are experiencing a first-time outbreak. Here are the main symptoms you should be looking out for, especially if you are having your first outbreak.

Herpes is the virus that causes cold sores. There are two types of herpes viruses humans are exposed to:

  • Herpes simplex virus type 1 – known as HSV-1
  • Herpes simplex virus type 2 – known as HSV-2

Humans have been exposed to these viruses for millions of years by now, which is one of the main reasons why complications are rare. Our immune systems are well equipped to deal with this virus.

According to researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, HSV-1 infected the common ancestor between hominids (early humans) and chimpanzees. This happened 6 million years ago. HSV-2 jumped onto Homo Erectus from ancient chimpanzees, about 1.6 million years ago. Since then, our evolutionary ancestors have lived with both viruses.

Complications from Herpes Infections

Although humans and our evolutionary ancestors have been exposed to both kinds of herpes for millions of years now, we can get complications from a herpes infection. It is very rare, but it still happens, especially for:

  • Those whose immune systems are compromised
  • Pregnant women and their unborn children
  • Newborns

Complications from herpes include:

  • Encephalitis
  • Esophagitis
  • Hepatitis
  • Pneumonitis
  • Other bacterial complications from the initial cold sores – especially when they burst and become infected
  • In pregnant women it can trigger early labor

Cold sores from Herpes can also spread to other parts of the body. That may cause other complications, especially if they spread to your eyes. If you have a cold sore outbreak, take all the measures necessary to prevent their spread to other parts of the body.

Cold Sore Medication

It is especially important to consider that Herpes is a highly contagious virus and that there might be people who are susceptible to complications from it around you because there is no cure. If you get cold sores, you know that you should take reasonable measures to protect vulnerable people around you.

Although there is no medication to treat Herpes, you can get cold sore medication to alleviate pain, discomfort, and itchiness from your outbreak:

  • Abreva is the most popular over-the-counter ointment for cold sores
  • Prescription antivirals such as Zovirax, Famvir, and Valtrex

So, next time you get cold sores or if you are going through your first outbreak, know if you are at risk of developing complications. It is important to contact your doctor if this is the case. Our staff here at Antidote Health is always available to help you.

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If you think or have any doubt that you are experiencing a medical emergency, you should immediately seek emergency care by calling 911, or any other emergency service.