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Facts About Cold Sores


Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

HSV is one of the most common viral infections. According to dermatologists, HSV lies dormant in the nerve when it is inactive. Stress may trigger the virus to reactivate in people who are susceptible. Aside from stress, there are a number of factors that may cause a cold sore outbreak, including:

Colds or Other Upper Respiratory Problems | Sun or Wind Exposure | Hormone Changes | Dental Surgery or Injury to the Skin Around the Lips

HSV - 1 Primary Infection

Most primary infections with HSV-1 are asymptomatic (no apparent symptoms). However, primary infection can cause a variety of clinical symptoms, such as infections of the mouth and gums. It may also cause a sore throat in children.

Precautions

Stop using Quick-Fix Cold Sore Relief and consult a doctor if your condition persists or gets worse. Doctor approval is needed before using the product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This product is for external use only. Do not use in the eyes or swallow. If this occurs, immediately wash thoroughly with water. Also, keep out of reach of children. This medication is only suited for individuals of more than 12 years of age.

Herpes Simplex Virus

Sore Thoat

Lesions

Lesions may occur anywhere in the oral region and may involve the roof and floor of the mouth, as well as the inside of the cheek. Disease may develop over a few days and can be painful.

Sore Throat

The swelling and tenderness of the tonsils may result in swallowing difficulties. Sometimes blisters may also be present in the mouth. In people with normal immunity, the fever will cease and lesions will heal and crust over in a week. Even when no clinical symptoms of primary HSV-1 infection are apparent, some people will shed the virus, making them infectious.


Managing a Cold Sore

Cold sores are manageable even though health practitioners say that there is still no proven cure. Aside from using our topical medication, analgesics may help relieve the severe pain. Here are other helpful tips on how to manage a cold sore:

• Do not squeeze, pinch, pick, or bite blisters.
• Since cold sores are contagious, avoid direct contact with other people. Also avoid touching your eyes or genital area unless you have washed your hands thoroughly.
• Don't eat salty foods and foods that are high in acid, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and pickles as they may irritate the infection.
• Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash product or a solution made by mixing salt and water. This can help soothe cold sores and reduce irritation.
• Gently wash the affected area with a liquid cleanser and dry with a paper towel especially after dirt or food has come in contact with the blisters.
• Always wash your hands carefully and keep them away from lesions as much as possible.
• Use a skin protectant or lip moisturizer to prevent drying and cracking of lesions.
• Avoid touching lipsticks and other reusable applicators that come into contact with the cold sores.
• You may have an infection if yellow pus develops around your cold sore. Apply antibiotic cream to the affected area. If infection persists, please see your doctor immediately.

Cold Sore on Upper Lip