Veterinarian Reviewed on January 19, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Cold Sores Facts – Overview, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Have you heard about cold sore? If not, then you must read this article to learn the facts about it and for you to be aware if you already have it. So, you would also know some possible treatments for cold sore.
What are Cold Sores?
These are tiny, liquid-filled, painful blisters that come out on the nose, mouth or even on the lips that resulted from a virus. They are painful and generally persist for a few days. Not like most infections caused by virus, the virus that causes cold sore are not totally removed by the defenses in the body. And due to this reason, cold sore frequently reappears.
What are the Causes?
Herpes simplex virus or HSV is the virus that can cause cold sore. HSV has two types, the type I and the type II. Generally, cold sore is cause by the type I virus.
A transmittable oral virus causes Herpes simplex. The virus is transferred from individual to individual through kissing or making contact with sores or with an obviously normal skin that sheds the virus. Another way of transferring the virus is through infected saliva. The most communicable period is when an individual is having active blister-like sores. As soon as the blisters have crushed and dried over in a few days, the danger of infection is considerably reduced. But an individual that suffers from HSV infection can transfer it to another individual that doesn’t have cold sores. This is due to the fact that virus are sometimes shedding in saliva even without the presence of sores. Regardless of well known myth, it is nearly impossible to get herpes from infected washcloths, towels, or surfaces.
Signs and Symptoms of Cold Sores
When definite symptoms take place prior to the appearance of the actual sores, some patients will have a “prodrome”. A tingling or burning sensation is usually involved in this prodrome that comes first before the appearance of blisters. As cold sores start to form, that affected area may turn into red and tiny liquid-filled blisters. Many of these tiny blisters may even get together and results in the formation of a huge blister. These sores are slightly painful.
In the recurrence of cold sore, the occurrence of blisters is typically short. The blisters quickly dry up and leave scabs that can last for about one day or even many days. But it depends on how severe is the infection.
How to Treat Cold Sore?
Home Treatment: Cold sore contains the type I HSV. Individuals having cold sores must frequently do hand-washing particularly after they touched their face. They must not share utensils as well as cups used in eating with another individual. People having cold sore may get relief from the pain for a short term with the use of cold compresses. An amino acid called “Lysine” was considered to be a possible remedy, however, the facts that support this belief are not convincing. Other home treatments which include alterations in diet, nail polish remover, vitamin supplements as well as vitamin E oil, haven’t been researched well.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan