Cold sores

Devon

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I woke up to a blister-like lesion on my lips. Help?
Cold sores are small, blister-like lesions that tend to form on the lips, chin, or cheeks, or in the nostrils. They less frequently appear on the gums or the roof of the mouth.
Now, they usually cause pain, a burning sensation, or itching before they burst and crust over. People sometimes call them fever blisters too.
 

Bell

Active member
Cold sores are small, blister-like lesions that tend to form on the lips, chin, or cheeks, or in the nostrils. They less frequently appear on the gums or the roof of the mouth.
Now, they usually cause pain, a burning sensation, or itching before they burst and crust over. People sometimes call them fever blisters too.
These blisters could they be likened to that of genital herpes? And what makes cold sores associated with herpes?
 
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Aubrey

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These blisters could they be likened to that of genital herpes? And what differentiates cold sores from genital herpes?
Hello, Bell.
Well yes they could look the same but while they do, it is important to note that genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause sores to develop on the genitals as the name implies. Also, some people may have genital herpes without presenting any symptoms at all. Its diagnosis can be caught during an STI test.

To answer your question about cold sores and its association with herpes, well, cold sores or fever blisters are associated mainly with Oral herpes. Here you see them appearing on the lips. And people usually get oral herpes through salivary contact rather than genital contact.
 
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Allen

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Cold sores are small, blister-like lesions that tend to form on the lips, chin, or cheeks, or in the nostrils. They less frequently appear on the gums or the roof of the mouth.
Now, they usually cause pain, a burning sensation, or itching before they burst and crust over. People sometimes call them fever blisters too.
And what's the cause of these fever blisters?
 

Devon

Well-known member
And what's the cause of these fever blisters?
The viral strains that cause cold sores, usually HSV-1 and less often HSV-2, are highly contagious and transmit easily during close contact, such as sexual contact. This is to say that cold sores aren't only caused by sexual contact.
Furthermore, after the virus enters the body, a person may have:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Sores in or around their mouth or in their nostrils.
- Sores around the genital area, in some cases...
Note that it is possible for oral herpes sores, or cold sores, to develop around the genitals if transmission happens during oral sex.
 

Allen

Member
The viral strains that cause cold sores, usually HSV-1 and less often HSV-2, are highly contagious and transmit easily during close contact, such as sexual contact. This is to say that cold sores aren't only caused by sexual contact.
Furthermore, after the virus enters the body, a person may have:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Sores in or around their mouth or in their nostrils.
- Sores around the genital area, in some cases...
Note that it is possible for oral herpes sores, or cold sores, to develop around the genitals if transmission happens during oral sex.
And what are the other causes of these sores aside sexual contact?
 

Gray

Active member
And what are the other causes of these sores aside sexual contact?
Good day, Allen.
Well, other causes or mode of transmission of the HSV-1 virus causing cold sores include:
- Shared eating utensils, razors and towels also. These can facilitate the transfer of the virus.
 

Bell

Active member
Good day, Allen.
Well, other causes or mode of transmission of the HSV-1 virus causing cold sores include:
- Shared eating utensils, razors and towels also. These can facilitate the transfer of the virus.
Is this infection a one time infection or lifelong?
 

Gray

Active member
Is this infection a one time infection or lifelong?
Well, once you've had an episode of herpes infection, the virus lies dormant in nerve cells in your skin and may emerge as another cold sore at the same place as before. Recurrence may be triggered by:
- Viral infection or fever
- Hormonal changes, such as those related to menstruation.
- Stress
- Fatigue
- Exposure to sunlight and wind
- Changes in the immune system
- Injury to the skin, etc.
 

Allen

Member
Well, once you've had an episode of herpes infection, the virus lies dormant in nerve cells in your skin and may emerge as another cold sore at the same place as before. Recurrence may be triggered by:
- Viral infection or fever
- Hormonal changes, such as those related to menstruation.
- Stress
- Fatigue
- Exposure to sunlight and wind
- Changes in the immune system
- Injury to the skin, etc.
So, basically, cold sores just happen to be a symptom of the Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)?
 

Devon

Well-known member
So, basically, cold sores just happen to be a symptom of the Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)?
On the contrary, both Herpes simplex 1 and 2 can cause cold sores, but studies have shown that these sores result from the HSV-1 and less commonly from the HSV-2.
There's no cure for the cold sores, but treatment can help manage outbreaks. Prescribing antiviral pills or creams can help sores heal more quickly. And they may reduce the frequency, length and severity of future outbreaks.
 

Bell

Active member
Well, once you've had an episode of herpes infection, the virus lies dormant in nerve cells in your skin and may emerge as another cold sore at the same place as before. Recurrence may be triggered by:
- Viral infection or fever
- Hormonal changes, such as those related to menstruation.
- Stress
- Fatigue
- Exposure to sunlight and wind
- Changes in the immune system
- Injury to the skin, etc.
So, when do I need to see a doctor?
 

Gray

Active member
So, when do I need to see a doctor?
Hello there, Bell.
Well, cold sores generally clear up without treatment. But it's advised you see your doctor if:
1. You have a weakened immune system.
2. The cold sores don't heal within two weeks.
3. Symptoms are severe.
4. You have frequent recurrences of cold sores.
5. You experience irritation in your eyes...

Also, cold sores are most contagious when you have oozing blisters because the virus easily spreads through contact with infected body fluids. Do take note of that.
 

Bell

Active member
Hello, Bell.
Well yes they could look the same but while they do, it is important to note that genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause sores to develop on the genitals. Also, some people may have genital herpes without presenting any symptoms.
So, what are the general symptoms of genital herpes including the lesions on the genitals?
 

Aubrey

Member
So, what are the general symptoms of genital herpes including the lesions on the genitals?
Sometimes, genital herpes does not always cause symptoms. A person may not know that they have this virus until it shows on a routine STI test.
Now, when genital herpes does lead to symptoms, it typically causes open sores on the genitals and anus. Initially, the sores usually develop on the part of the body that was first exposed to the virus, then the lesions usually appear between 2 days and 3 weeks of sexual.
Other symptoms such as these may follow:
- A headache,
- Fever,
- Tiredness or fatigue,
- Swollen lymph nodes,
- Muscle pain...
 

Bell

Active member
Hello, Bell.
Well yes they could look the same but while they do, it is important to note that genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause sores to develop on the genitals as the name implies. Also, some people may have genital herpes without presenting any symptoms at all. Its diagnosis can be caught during an STI test.

To answer your question about cold sores and its association with herpes, well, cold sores or fever blisters are associated mainly with Oral herpes. Here you see them appearing on the lips. And people usually get oral herpes through salivary contact rather than genital contact.
Is there a treatment for genital herpes?
 

Gray

Active member
Is there a treatment for genital herpes?
There is no cure for genital herpes. It could lay dormant in the body for long periods, then reappear as an outbreak of sores.

However, doctors can prescribe medications that reduce the likelihood of recurring outbreaks. These medicines may also lower the risk of transmitting the virus.
Also, when a person has a genital herpes outbreak, they may be able to promote healing and lower the risk of transmitting the virus by:
- Avoiding sexual contact with another person until the sores have healed.
- Keeping the sores clean and dry.
- Refraining from touching the sores whenever possible.
- Washing the hands immediately after touching the sores.
- Using barrier protection during sexual contact until told otherwise by a doctor.
 

Armstrong

Active member
There is no cure for genital herpes. It could lay dormant in the body for long periods, then reappear as an outbreak of sores.

However, doctors can prescribe medications that reduce the likelihood of recurring outbreaks. These medicines may also lower the risk of transmitting the virus.
Also, when a person has a genital herpes outbreak, they may be able to promote healing and lower the risk of transmitting the virus by:
- Avoiding sexual contact with another person until the sores have healed.
- Keeping the sores clean and dry.
- Refraining from touching the sores whenever possible.
- Washing the hands immediately after touching the sores.
- Using barrier protection during sexual contact until told otherwise by a doctor.
Are there complications resulting from this infection?
 

Gray

Active member
Are there complications resulting from this infection?
Well, genital herpes does not typically cause serious health complications. However, it can make a person more vulnerable to contracting HIV. If a person has genital herpes sores, viruses and bacteria, including HIV, have more opportunity to enter the body. Avoid scratching the sores, as this can lead to bacterial infection.
Also take into account that having HIV can make genital herpes outbreaks more severe.
 
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