Unveiling Herpes Cold Sore Facts & Prevention Techniques

Cold Sore or Herpes Labialis

herpse cold sore

Herpes Cold sores also known as Herpes labialis are small sores filled with fluid appears in the lips or mouth. In the beginning, you feel itching and burning in the lips or mouth. It can be really painful and irritating. These Sores will last for 7 to 10 days and in these days you feel so much pain.

The virus-like herpes simplex virus is the reason behind this sores. The cold sores can breakout, crust over and ooze. After the break out this virus will stay in the body. The virus will stay inactive in the body but any trigger can activate this virus and causes sores.


The virus in your body will not show any symptoms and people will get to know they have cold sores only after it appears. The main symptoms of  herpes cold sore are:

  • Body temperature.
  • symptoms of herpes cold soreTongue or mouth pain.
  • Swelling of lips.
  • A sore throat.
  • Blisters, or ulcers on the tongue or mouth.
  • Headaches and nausea.
  • Swollen glands and swallowing difficulties.

From the beginning to the end, the cold sores have different stages. At the beginning of cold sores, you feel itching and burning sensations around the portion of sores. The sores will be fluid filled and the chances of gland swelling is also a possibility. We know the sores will last for seven to ten days and in days it will be so painful and sores will break. Few days after the sore break, it will fade away. But if it didn’t fade away then you must see a professional doctor.

Actually, treatment is not necessary because you will get relief from cold sore within 2 weeks. But if it goes longer then consult a doctor immediately. Some ointments and antiviral medicines will shorten the outbreak duration of these sores.

Preventions For Herpes Cold Sore

  • Over the counter creams

This antiviral cream can shorten the duration of a cold sore outbreak. This will reduce pain and keep the sore portion soft. Apply the cream at least 5 times a day and continue it for 5 to 6 days.

  • Aloe vera gel

The aloe vera gel will help to heal and studies show that this gel has the power to fight against cold sore infections.

  • Never Touch it

Don’t try to touch the cold sores. Most of the people have the tendency to touch the sores. If you touch it, the chances of spreading the virus to other parts of the body are high.

  • Ice

Ice will help you to reduce the inflammation and discomfort of the sores. Place ice above the sores and you will get temporary relief.

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