Colds sores also known as fever blisters and the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). They are small blisters found around the mouth, on the lips and under/inside the nose, on the chin, and sometimes in the mouth. Herpes simplex virus is very contagious and is contracted by infected salvia and body secretions. They also may be itchy or painful at times and can last from 5 to 14 days.
Treatment- Once a person has been infected with the virus it stays in the body and lies dormant in the nerve cells until an irritant causes it to trigger a reaction resulting in blisters.
• Feeling run down or being sick
• Excessive sunlight on your face
• Cold weather
• Hormonal changes
Over the counter, topical anesthetics and anti-viral drugs may be used to help heal them faster and provide some relief.
You can avoid spreading the virus by
• Washing your hands frequently
• Avoiding touching sore when you have an outbreak
• Do not share drinks, lipstick, food, utensils, and anything that touches the mouth
Always be sure to talk to your dental team if you have any more questions about cold sores.