What Are Cold Sores?


What Are Cold Sores?

by Denny Bodoh


Cold sores are very painful and unsightly blister-like facial sores. Sometimes they are called fever blisters or oral herpes lesions.

Cold sores are virus created. It is the herpes simplex virus, type I or type II that causes cold sores. These are two of the eight different herpes viruses that infect humans. Other forms of this virus cause such diseases as shingles and chickenpox.

Because kissing is the most common way this virus is transmitted, they usually form on the edge of your lip or nose. They can occur anywhere the virus can get through the skin to the mucus membrane. This includes cheeks, neck, fingertips, arms and even the eyes.

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The herpes virus is quite a "home-body". It lives in the nerves and will choose a nerve fiber close to the initial infection site for its permanent residence. If and when this virus creates a sore, it will always be near where it was first contracted.

If you get sores at different sites, it means that each of those sites has its own virus colony imbedded there. This often happens when the virus is spread from the original site with contaminated fingers or objects.

The cold sore virus creates the sore by destroying thousands of skin and nerve cells. This is the collateral damage of its reproduction process.

The main drive of all living things is to create offspring. Viruses cannot reproduce their own kind, as bacteria can do. The herpes virus forces the cells to replicate new virus "clones" and then destroys the cells to release their newly created virus offspring.

This destruction of cells creates an ulcer-type sore which then quickly scabs over to protect the wound. They are blister-like in that they are fluid filled. This fluid is created by your immune system to wash away the offending virus particles.

How dangerous are cold sores? The biggest danger is that the fluid is teaming with viruses and is very contagious. It can be easily transmitted to others or to other locations on your body.

Cold sore symptoms are quite similar for everyone. It is a good idea to become familiar with them in order to deal with them effectively. Basically it starts with a slight itching sensation, moves into the blister then healing stages.

This entire journey takes from two to four weeks or more, if left untreated. Experienced sufferers have developed their own cold sore treatment plan that cuts this time down to as little as three days.

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Cold sores — also called fever blisters — are quite different from canker sores, a condition people sometimes associate with cold sores.
 Cold Sores Mayo Clinic

Cold sores are small, painful, fluid-filled blisters or sores that appear on the lips, mouth, or nose that are caused by a virus.
Cold Sores - emedicinehealth.com

Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore.
WEB MD- Cold Sores

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