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A cold-sore is apparently caused by the 'Herpes Simplex' virus(HSV1), which remains in the system and is highly contagious via saliva during kissing or actually making contact with the erupted sore!

It can be sparked through stress, hormones or a sudden change in body temperature.

As viruses thrive in heat, the best treatment I have found is the application of ice to the affected area, as soon a tingle is felt.

If the sore has erupted, dose orally with Lysine Powder and apply Manuka Honey to the sore( both available from local health-shops ).

Should you pop a cold sore?

Popping a cold sore is not a good idea .The herpes virus could be in the fluid that comes out.The areas the fluids splash on could have a cold sore there.Dont pop it unless you have to.If you want it to go away,abreva is a good product.

What is a cold sore?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus (similar to, but typically not the same virus that causes genital herpes, although you can get genital herpes on your face or mouth herpes on your genitals if you engage in oral sex). They are painful, pus-filled sores that usually erupt around your mouth. Infected individuals typically experience cold sore when their immune system is run down (hence they may appear at the same time that you get a cold) and their body is unable to control the virus. A coldsore is herpes. It is the Herpes Simplex Virus 1(HSV1) virus, and usually appears on the face or genitals. Best way to get rid of them is by drying them out with alcohol (aftershave, vodka etc) as this also kills the virus. Good sleep and diet will prevent them coming in the first place. This is especially important around stressful times.

Why do we get cold sores?

They are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus. We get them by being infected by someone else who is sheding the virus - probably being kissed by someone when you were very small. Once infected with the virus you may have periodic outbreaks or the virus may remain dormant. No one really knows what causes the virus to migrate and reproduce but is has been linked to stress, infections, menstruation, hormone changes and certain foods. Generally the advice not to pick at your cold sore is good, if you get virus particles on your fingers you can spread them to other warm moist parts of your body and cause more infections there, or you could pass them on the other people. It is also a good idea to dry your face with paper towle when the cold sore is active. That way the virus particles can be disposed off and won't come in contact with your eyes.

How can you get a cold sore?

You get a cold sore by coming into direct contact with the virus (such as kissing).

How do you get cold sores?

A cold sore can occur due to several reasons. Stress, a familyhistory of the herpes virus, and a weak immune system. Cold soresare passed by coming into direct contact (touching) with the herpesvirus (such as kissing). The herpes virus is often passed on fromthe parents as a result of kissing their baby, so it may be a longtime before this problem is controlled. The herpes virus, which causes cold sores, remains ever present inyour system. Normally there is no sign of them because your body'simmune system can keep up with the fight against them. However,there are times, especially when fever is involved, that thesymptoms of cold sores can break out. There are many excellentcreams available that deal with this. Taking some extra vitamin Cduring outbreaks is considered by some to be helpful. This question doesn't ask for information on treatment ormaintenance of herpes sores, but does invite comment. As with anykind of physical lesion, always strictly observe the basic rule:don't touch it. If the wound or sore must be dressed use sterilesaline solution to flush the area and apply sterile dressing whenthe area is dry. Never touch the area except to apply medication,and then wash and air-dry your hands very thoroughly.

Can cold sores spread?

A cold-sore is apparently caused by the 'Herpes Simplex' virus(HSV1) and usually contracted via saliva or actually making contact with the erupted sore and transferring to the mouth, especially during kissing! It can be sparked through stress, hormones or a sudden change in body temperature. As viruses thrive in heat, the best treatment I have found is the application of ice to the affected area, as soon a tingle is felt. If the sore has erupted, dose orally with Lysine Powder and apply Manuka Honey to the sore( both available from local health-shops ). . Cold sores are caused by a virus. This virus remains in your system and can be reactivated from time to time. It can be transmitted to another person by kissing or by oral sex when it is active.

What makes cold sores worse?

if you keep playing with it, it can get really big and you would look like daffy duck

What are cold sores?

Cold sores are viral infections which cause recurrent groups ofirritating, even painful blisters on the lips. Oral herpes is an infection of the lips, mouth, or gums due to theherpes simplex virus. It causes small, painful blisters commonlycalled cold sores or fever blisters. Oral herpes is also calledherpes labialis.

Who can get cold sores?

Anyone who is exposed to the herpes simplex virus, which is extremely common. Most children have been exposed (mainly through being kissed by loving relatives) by the time they are two years old.

Why do people that do not have genital herpes get cold sores so frequently?

The oral herpes is a different virus than the genital herpes, so the mouth area would be affected.

Why do i have cold sores if i don't have a cold?

"Cold sores" have nothing to do with colds. They're caused by the herpes virus. Assuming that you don't have herpes, what you've probably got is a canker sore, which looks similar but has different causes (and also has nothing to do with colds).

Why do cold sores erupt in cold weather?

Cold sores will erupt at any time; and can be brought on by stress and a lowered immune system. The Cold Sore is caused by a variety of the Herpes Virus. Once the body is infected by the Virus it remains permanently infected. The resultant sores can appear on other parts of the body. Soft Mucus tissue is the most common site for a sore to erupt. Cold Sores are caused by Herpes Simplex 1 Virus.

If you get a cold sore when you have a cold does it mean you have herpes?

Yes, it does mean you have herpes simplex 1 or HSV-1. It shows up when you have a cold because your immune system is compromised.

Cold sore or canker sore?

To me, both are pretty bad, but a canker sore is always worst! Cold sores can hurt sometimes and are a pain to have on the lip, especially because of it being un-comftorable! Canker sores hurt very bad, I would know, as I get them a lot! They sting in your mouth and it's hard to eat things and especially the pain they inflict on people who have them when they get up in the morning!

What do you put on a cold sore?

you can put a tea bag on it to help speed up the healing process, and avoid any citrus drinks, salty food Any type of milk chocolate or dark chocolate Nuts and Most Seeds, Shellfish,Grains such as wheat and oats,Fruits such as grapes, oranges, tangerines. And applying ice can slow down the metabolism. there you go i hope you find me answer help full....... :) .

Can you use mupirocin for cold sores?

Mupirocin is an antibacterial, and cold sores are caused by a virus, so mupirocin is not an effective treatment for cold sores.

Can you use bactroban for a cold sore?

Bactroban is an antibacterial agent, and cold sores are viral, so it is not effective for treating cold sores.

How to get rid of a cold sore?

I know how bad a cold sore could be but the best way is cleaning it every hour with soup and water on a paper towel and the puss will come out. Also you can use abreva or other. Good luck will your cold sore hope this helps. it has to run its course but here are a few things to do to avoid the intensity of the cold sore and its symptoms. Don't expose yourself to the sun for long periods of time, get lots of rest, don't pick at it, this will only make it spread. If you do touch it, WASH your hands immediately! Stay away from foods like chocolate and peanut butter. Use a warm tea bag and place it on the cold sore for about 30 minutes. Ice also helps relieve the inflammation. Keep it covered with an ointment whether its medicinal or something like Carmex (OTC). Sleep or rest is very important because your immune system is compromised during this time. You can also buy Abreva (OTC) which works very well on the symptoms or have your doctor prescribe Acyclovir which is an ointment for viral infections. The sooner you start to treat the symptoms, the sooner it will go away (back into it's dormant state). REMEMBER, WASH your hands even after applying these ointments. Stress, weather, long exposure to extreme temperatures either hot or cold, an unhealthy diet are predisposing factors for the virus to come out of its dormant stage.

Can you use clotrimazole on a cold sore?

Clotrimazole is a medicine with anti fungal properties. The Traditional Cold Sore is caused by a virus (Herpes of some variety), hence clotrimazole would most likely be of little value. I would however recommend Teatree oil. It has got strong antibacterial and anti fungal properties and it can strengthen immune system a lil bit. It also improves skin healing ability. Applying this 3-4 times a day will also minimize the risk of getting an infection in the cold sore. The oil it self does not cure herpes, but it helps body's healing process. 1 part pure oil to 9 parts sunflower-seed oil makes a 10% solution. It should not be used pure as it is very strong. Do not get this in your eyes. I have treated cold sores in my family with this and it works quite well. Some people however are allergic to teatree oil. If the cold sores are persistent, then ask your preferred doctor what to do. It might be something else and need a different treatment.

How does a cold sore give you herpes?

review The herpes simplex virus causes all cold soreoutbreaks.It is a parasite virus that lives in your nerve tissues.It is a very durable and destructive sub -microscopic virusparticle. The medical experts have not yet found a way to do awaywith the virus. However cold sores are commonly caused by herpessimplex virus 1 or HSV-1 and genital herpes by HSV2.

How do you get rid off cold sores?

I get them all the time and end up staying home and avoiding people at all costs. Depending on the stage its in, such as the tingling or blister stage i would hold ice on it wraped up in a wash cloth. This might even stop the cold sore from breaking out. Worked well for me in the past. the other day i got a really bad cold sore and called up my dentist and he right away prescribed for me Zoviarx ointment. This speeds up the healing process and takes the main away but i still took some pain meds. anyway the best thing to do is keep it moist. Vaseline!!! is the best along with zoviarx! dont pick at it even when it scabs then it will take longer to heal. trust me i know! tea bags in the freezer also work.

Can you get cold sore in the nostril?

Cold sores are painful blisters that can be found inside the mouth, on the face and even in or on the nose. You can actually find them anywhere on your body, including genital parts!

Can you get cold sores in the nostril?

It is possible to get cold sores in the nostril; but it is not likely. They occur around the mouth, lips, and face more often.

Can cold sores pop?

Yes they can pop... I wouldn't suggest popping them and allowing bacteria into the open sore but yes they can pop.

Is Mupirocin for cold sores?

Mupirocin is an antibacterial agent, and cold sores are viral, so it is not effective for treating cold sores.

How do you stop a cold sore from forming?

You can treat the cold sore with various medications, but nothing is available to keep the sore from erupting.

Can cold sore go away?

Yes. However, cold sores are caused by the herpes virus, which never actually goes away completely, even if an individual cold sore does.

Are cold sores transferable if you dont have a cold sore at the time?

They can be transferable you don't have a cold sore at the time (most of us are infected with the virus).

If you have cold sore can you pass it on with kiss?

yes......don't let any one drink after you they will get it and dont drink after someone else who has it.

How do I tell if i have a cold sore or a pimple?

cold sores really deaden the skin near it and actually feels cold and seemingly runs deep into your flesh like a wart and is extremely unpleasant, while a pimple is generally red and has a big pus filled pocket that is white or yellowish sprouting from it and in my experience only hurts if you touch it. Cold sores also appear generally on around the mouth and do not sprout from the skin like a zit does, that and cold sores are fifty times as obnoxious as pimples.

What is the best thing for a cold sore?

In my personal experience, those store bought things they sell, such as Abrevia, do not work at all! The only thing that has ever worked for me is actually not what you may expect. There is a set of vitamins that you can buy online called "Visalus". In the various vitamins they sell people, there is this one called "Vimunity". I take that when I get a cold sore, and it's usually gone within two days instead of the usual four to seven days. Also, "Vimunity" is a great vitamin for boosting the immune system, which shortens the life of all kinds of other things, such as the common cold. As a matter of fact, I start taking it if I just get a sore throat, which is usually the first sign of a cold for me, and after just one or two days of taking the vitamin, I no longer have a sore throat and I do not get sick! Pretty cool huh? Also, you should probably keep your cold sore moist while you have it. Use petroleum jelly or carmex or something. It'll help with the pain if you don't let it dry out. Good luck!!!!

What should you do for your Huge cold sore?

Cold sores are caused by one of the two herpes simplex viruses (the one that causes face and mouth sores). They usually make their appearance during or just after a cold or flu. There are lotions available to relieve inflammation, but there is no treatment - you simply wait them out.

Is a cold sore the same as canker sore?

a cold sore is a canker sore on the outside lip a canker sore is anywhere inside your mouth p.s a canker sore can be transmitted to some one else also nobody knows what causes a canker sores but i know some people whom love canker sore because they lick them for pain

Can your waitress give you her cold sore?

Yes, if she has poor handwashing & bad hygiene (ex., rubs saliva/snot & then touches your food)

Can dogs get cold sores?

Actually, I don't think so. I'm pretty sure about that. Because dogs don't have hair-free skin around their lips so they shouldn't be able to... If you want to make sure just ask a vet. It's what I would do. But, otherwise, no..

Is a cold sore herpes or not?

YES it is. Cold sores are caused by the oral herpes virus. It's slightly different then the type o herpes that causes genital herpes. Cold sore is supposed to lessen the stigma of having a type of herpes.

Is all cold sores on the lip?

The cold sores are mostly on the lip, but can be on the face and genitals.

What do you do when you get a cold sore?

The main thing to do is get ALOT of rest. You can also try put lavender essential oils near it. And make sure you take enough vitamin D!!

Can you get a cold sore in your eye if so how do you treat it?

You can get a cold sore in your eye and it is treated either with antiviral eye drops or pills.

What medicine is good for cold sores?

Some OTC (over the counter) medications are: Viroxyn , Lipreve, Abreva, H-Balm, Orajel Medicated Cold Sore Brush , Sore Cold XM, Super Lysine for Herpes, Lip Clear Lysine, Super Lysine + Coldstick with SPF, Zilactin Cold Sore Gel, Zilactin-L Cold Sore Liquid, and Herpecin-L Lip Balm. Denavir (penciclovir) , Valtrex (valacyclovir), and Zovirax (acyclovir) are prescription medications to help cold sores (fever blisters).

Cures for cold sores?

Some OTC (over the counter) medications are: Viroxyn , Lipreve, Abreva, H-Balm, Orajel Medicated Cold Sore Brush , Sore Cold XM, Super Lysine for Herpes, Lip Clear Lysine, Super Lysine + Coldstick with SPF, Zilactin Cold Sore Gel, Zilactin-L Cold Sore Liquid, and Herpecin-L Lip Balm.

What ointment do you use for cold sores?

If you don't want to go to a doctor for antiviral medications, some OTC (over the counter) ointments are: Viroxyn , Lipreve, Abreva, H-Balm, Orajel Medicated Cold Sore Brush , Sore Cold XM, Super Lysine for Herpes, Lip Clear Lysine, Super Lysine + Coldstick with SPF, Zilactin Cold Sore Gel, Zilactin-L Cold Sore Liquid, and Herpecin-L Lip Balm.

How is a cold sore caught?

Cold sores are caught by coming into direct or indirect contact with an infected persons cold sore.

How do you prevent a cold sore outbreak?

If you suffer from bad cold sore outbreaks, your doctor can prescribe you an antiviral medication called Valtrax. You will take it as soon as you feel the tingle of the cold sore coming on, or as your doctor directs you. If your outbreaks are infrequent or not too severe, just eat beans as soon as you feel a cold sore coming on. They have a chemical that can reduce the outbreak. Also, there are several over the counter medications for cold sores.

Can a cold sore be on your face by the mouth?

Cold sores are caused by a virus infection, and are located around the mouth, on the line between the lip and the face skin.

Can you use peroxide on a cold sore?

Peroxide is damaging to newly growing skin, so using it on a cold sore may delay healing.

Can you use altabax for cold sores?

Altabax is an antibacterial, not an antiviral medication; so it will not help a cold sore.

What can a cold sore do to you?

Cold sores don't do any thing besides cause an ocasional annoying sore or blister on the mouth. You don't have to make a big deal out of a cold sore, they are very common and not life threatening.

What do you do with a cold sore?

Hope fully nothing just wait until it heals, cold sores are very contagious during a break out. You shouldn't be touching it, or kissing people on or around the mouth, or giving oral sex while you have it.

Can you get a cold sore if you have a cold?

Yes. A cold sore is a type of virus and it doesn't matter if you have a cold or not. The cold will not cause the cold sore but your immune system might be weaker making you more susceptible to it.