Cold sores may affect a person’s lips, mouth, throat or gums and they can affect people differently.

What are cold sores?

Cold sores are small, painful, fluid-filled blisters that are sometimes called fever blisters.

Are cold sores contagious?

Cold sores are highly contagious. Infection can be spread by being intimate, having personal contact with an infected person or touching an open old sore or item that has been in contact with the herpes virus. These items may include dishes, towels, infected razors, etc.

How long does a cold sore last?

Cold sores usually lasts for about seven to 10 days but some may persist for two weeks.

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Is there a cure?

There is no cure for the herpes virus but they do eventually heal. Note that, once you become infected with the virus, it will remain in your body but become dormant. The virus can reoccur if triggered by certain factors.

Factors that trigger cold sores

Cold sores may be triggered by the following factors, amongst others: immunosuppression, overexposure to wind, menstrual periods, lip chapping, lip trauma or abrasion, natural or artificial ultraviolet light, dental surgery, stress, fatigue, fever, flu and the common cold.

Chat to your doctor if you require more information on cold sores.

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