If you have a cold sore that doesn’t mean you have herpes! Does it? Sorry to break it to you my friends, but if you have a cold sore you have herpes. But don’t fret, there are a few different forms of herpes and the types with cold sores is much different than other, more ominous types of herpes.
“Herpes,” the word carries a nasty connotation, but understanding herpes and the types with cold sores can help take the stigma off this annoying little virus and allow people to get the treatment they need to properly treat their cold sore outbreak. Don’t let the fact that you now have “herpes” keep you from getting the treatment you need.
Herpes in the genital area (which causes lesions ‘down there’) is called Herpes Simplex Virus 2. Herpes types with cold sores cause the lesions to form around the mouth and are known as Herpes Simplex Virus 1. There’s also another type, known as Herpes Zoster virus that causes shingles.
The “cold sore herpes” are spread from mouth to mouth contact. And once the virus forms and enters your body there’s no getting rid of it. You are stuck with this little present for the rest of your life. But understanding the herpes virus, and knowing how to best prevent an outbreak and best treat the cold sore can allow you to lead a happy normal life with few cold sore interruptions.
Talk to your doctor about getting a prescription of Valtrex which, if taken right away, can dry up the cold sore before it’s had a chance to fully form.
Also learn what make the types with cold sores tick. An outbreak can be caused by a poor immune system, too much stress or too little sleep. Everyone has different “triggers,” and after time you will learn what yours are also and how to best control your cold sore herpes.