9 Facts About The Causes Of Cold Sores

Herpes simplex is caused by a contagious oral virus. The virus can be spread from person to person by kissing or other close contact with sores or even from contact with apparently normal skin that is shedding the virus.

  1. Infected saliva may also be a means of spreading the virus.

  2. The most contagious period is when a person has active blisters or eruptions. Once the blisters have dried and crusted over the risk of contagion is significantly lessened. However, a person infected with HSV can pass it on to another person even when a sore is not present.

  3. It is almost impossible to catch herpes from contaminated surfaces, towels, or wash clothes for example.

  4. Many people have a “prodrome,” which is when certain symptoms occur before the sores appear. The prodrome to herpes infections can include a burning or tingling sensation that precedes the appearance of blisters. This may occur a few hours or a few days before blisters form.

  5. Accidental infection of another part of the body is less common in people with a history of cold sores, but it can happen. So, if you DO get a sore as you are working through this program,don’t touch it and then touch another part of your body. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching a cold sore.

  6. Cold sores typically occur around the lips; however breakouts can also occur on the chin, nose and even the eyes and eyelids. If you do get sore on the eyelids or anywhere near the eyes it’s important to see your doctor immediately.

  7. A common misconception is that cold sores, because they are a result of the herpes virus, are the same as genital herpes. The truth is, genital herpes (commonly simply called ‘herpes’) is a different strain of the herpes simplex virus, HSV2. Medical research now shows that HSV1 can manifest “below the waist€Ÿ. It is recommended that if you have a cold sore you do NOT perform oral sex on your partner.

  8. Cold sores and Canker sores are different. Canker sores occur inside the mouth: on the inside of the cheeks, on or under the tongue, on the gums, on the underside of the lips, the throat area. Cold sores occur on the outside of the mouth or face.

9. Cold sores are NOT something that you get from being dirty, careless or going through puberty – they are caused by a widespread virus that is as easy to catch as the flu.

Source by Cassandra Berbanio

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