What is a Cold Sore?

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.