Cold Sores are a very contagious viral infection caused by the Herpes Virus. Many people acquire the virus at a young age, when they are babies. It can be very painful and difficult when small children or babies have a cold sore outbreak. Babies may have a difficult time eating and swallowing their saliva due to a painful sore. Even breathing can irritate a cold sore. Cold sores tend to get quite noticeable on babies as they like to bite and lick their lips often which can causes the sore to swell more and open up. This can also make the sore spread all over their lips.
Many babies who carry the virus will experience an outbreak when they have a fever or are sick. This is where the name fever blister comes from. Many of the outbreaks occur at the same spot on the lip, as it is more susceptible. It is important to recognize the first stages of a cold sore, this way you can treat the sore early enough to either reduce the length of the outbreak, the severity of the outbreak or even stop the outbreak completely.
Unfortunately the herpes virus has no cure, however there are many natural remedies and pharmaceutical products that are very effective in preventing and treating an outbreak. The natural remedies are very cheap and are safer for your health because they do not have any side effects. The pharmaceutical products also work very well, however they are very expensive, and can have side effects such as headaches, diarrhea, dizziness, heartburn, nausea, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite.