Most people don’t ask this question until they are dealing with the ugly sore on their face– and at that point they are desperate to find out what the sore is and how to stop it.
Cold sores are caused by the Herpes virus, and they are a common occurrence. Many people contract the Herpes virus at some point in their life, and once a person has contracted the virus there is no getting rid of it. The virus will always stay within the body, even when there aren’t any visible sores . When the virus is dormant, you will not be experiencing an active cold sore outbreak, but the virus can still be passed on to other people.
The Herpes virus is passed from person to person though close contact. Usually it is because of skin-to-skin contact (such as kissing), or sharing personal items such as a razor or toothbrush. It is more common for this condition to be passed by skin contact, so if you know that a person has the Herpes virus it is a good idea to avoid close contact with that person if you have not yet contracted the virus.
Some people experience cold sore outbreaks more often than others. For example, some people are constantly battling cold sore outbreaks on a regular basis– it seems that the skin heals for a short time, only for a new outbreak to begin within a few weeks. Other people only experience cold sores every now and then such as every few months or even every few years. And some people carry the virus, but they do not have active cold sore outbreaks. It is hard to say why people experience the sores differently, but there are a few things that can be done to treat the cold sores and also prevent future cold sore outbreaks.
Cold sores begin under the skin , the first symptoms are usually a tingling or burning feeling on the lip or around the mouth area, and then that area begins to swell. As the sores are developing, small blisters begin to form– and eventually the small blisters will grow large enough to connect and form one large blister. At some point the blisters will begin to ooze, and then the sore will crust over. It is a good sign when the sore crusts over, because that means that the cold sore is healing.
If you have an active cold sore outbreak, it is a good idea to avoid touching the affected area. Also, do not pick at the scabs or pop the blisters, because irritating the sore will only increase the healing time– which means that you will have the ugly sore on your face for longer. There are also cold sore treatments that can be done in order to help speed up the healing time and also prevent future cold sore outbreaks.