What is a Cold Sore?
Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, appear around the lips and mouth and are often associated with red, swollen and irritated skin around the breakout areas.
Cold sores are a common nuisance. A cold sore is contagious because it is caused by the herpes simplex virus, and it is usually painful and filled with fluid. Although there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV – 1 and HSV – 2), cold sore breakouts can be managed and avoided.
Symptoms of Cold Sores:
- Pain around the mouth.
- Fever and sore throat.
- Swollen neck glands.
Causes of Cold Sore Outbreaks:
- Chapped lips
- Extreme sunlight exposure
- Physical exhaustion or illness
A healthy diet and good oral hygiene are usually the best remedy, but some special rinses and anesthetics can help.
Even though no cure exists for the cold sore virus, your dentist can provide you with antiviral medication to control the outbreaks and relieve any pain or irritation you are experiencing. You can also avoid developing cold sores by avoiding sharing utensils and drinking cups with others that may be infected.