Remedies for cold sores



Characteristics of cold sores: What are cold sores?

Oral herpes or cold sores are produced by both the Herpes simplex virus type I and the Herpes virus simplex type II, the first being the originator of most infections.

It is a type of herpes that is transmitted by skin contact or through sexual contact. This type of herpes is gaining a higher degree of infection among young people.

Oral herpes virus does not disappear completely after the first time that a person is infected but remains dormant for a short of long period of time until it returns to reactivate causing what is called an outbreak. For this reason we say that oral herpes is a recurrent disease.

When reappearing, it does not occur with the same virulence as the first time. The lesions usually appear in the same area as they did initially or in very close areas.

Causes of cold sores

The cause of oral herpes is the infection by Herpes simplex viruses . Within these type of viruses, the one that produces more cases of infection is Herpes simplex type I (HSV-I).

Herpes simplex virus type II (HSV-II) can also produce cold sores but it is mainly responsible for most cases of genital herpes. Herpes simplex type I is a highly contagious virus that is transmitted from a sick person to another who is not. Cold sores usually appear around the mouth, although it may also occur within it.

How do you get cold sores?

Cold sores can easily spread through kissing, saliva or skin contact. Sometimes the disease is spread through infected instruments such as toothbrushes or razor blades or other infected objects such as cups, towels, etc.

Oral contact is another cause of infection. The mouth contact with genital parts facilitates the spread of the virus.

The infections caused by this type of herpes do not only occur when lesions are present, such blisters, or open wounds, but when the individual is infected, often without knowing it. It is believed that up to 75% of people infected by this type of herpes do not know it. This is the reason why these viruses are being expanded every day.

Symptoms of cold sores

- First infection: It is the most powerful, and painful. It is usually preceded by symptoms that resemble many infectious diseases: fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, lack of desire to eat, swollen lymph nodes... etc. This kind of symptoms most often occur between 2 and 20 days after infection.

Subsequently, cold sores produce the first visible symptoms: After a period of itching, pain or burning sensation, pimples are formed that become blisters and these, in turn, burst and produce scabs, that usually heal without leaving a scar on a week or a week and a half.

In the worst moments of the disease, when the wounds are open, the disease can spread to other parts of the body. When transmitted to the eyes, it is very dangerous because it can lead to blindness.

- Recurrent infections: Later outbreaks can produce similar symptoms but with less intensity and varying frequency. The blisters usually appear in places where previously appeared or near them, but they usually last less time and produce less pain.

Prevention and treatment of cold sores

The prevention of this disease is very difficult because infection can occur without transmitters manifesting visible signs, Despite this, contagion is easier when there are blisters or sores, in which case you should avoid contact, specially sex contact.

People with severe immune problems, such as those undergoing cancer therapies, or pregnant women should avoid contact with people showing signs of disease.

One should be very careful to keep contact with young children since the herpes infection can cause them a disease called herpetic gingivostomatitis. Babies having this disease develop large blisters that appear inside their mouth and gums, causing discomfort, fever and no desire to eat.

How do you prevent cold sores?

Cold sores is a disease that has no cure but whose symptoms can be improved. Periods of recurrence can also be delayed if adequate treatment is applied.

Is there a cure cold sores?

It is very important to visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis if you presume to have symptoms of this disease. This will allows appropriate treatment for the symptoms to disappear earlier, so as not to be as painful or to prevent secondary infections of the injuries.

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