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Cold Sores

Information about Cold Sores

We Have to Know about the Cold Sores

  • Small red blisters with a white center which crop up on or around the lips

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Painful blisters?

Causes of Cold Sores

  • Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV 1)
  • Spreads between individual children by means of saliva contamination of toys, hands, and other objects during play activities or children may pick up the virus by kissing someone who has the virus

Do’s and Don’ts of Cold Sores

  • Avoid kissing and skin contact with people while blisters are present
  • Avoid sharing items
  • Keep your hands clean
  • Be careful about touching other parts of your body
  • Avoid triggers
  • Use sunblock

Signs & Symptoms of Cold Sores

  • Pain or tingling, Small, painful, fluid-filled blisters on a raised, red, painful area of your skin

Medical advice for Cold Sores

  • You have a pre-existing health condition that has compromised your immune system
  • The cold sores don’t heal within one to two weeks on their own
  • Symptoms are severe
  • You have frequent recurrences of cold sores
  • You experience irritation in your eyes

Risk factors of Cold Sores

  • Humid and damp environments

Treatment for Cold Sores

  • Most of them heal themselves

Self-care for Cold Sores

  • Try applying ice or warm compresses to the blisters to ease the pain
  • Avoid squeezing, pinching or picking at any blister

Investigations for Cold Sores

Risk factors of Cold Sores
                Causes of Cold Sores