12 Sep Are Cold Sores Contagious?
Considering that more than half of the US population is infected with facial herpes, it is no wonder people everywhere are asking themselves, “Are cold sores contagious?” The answer to this question is simple; all herpes lesions are extremely contagious and can easily be spread to a sexual partner’s genitals or face. (It is even possible to have a herpes lesion on the eye.)
While normally referred to as cold sores, herpes simplex virus type 1 can also be caused by herpes simplex type-2 — but while genital herpes is considered a sexually transmitted disease, facial herpes (herpes labialis) is not.
Popular Herpes Treatment Question: Are Cold Sores Contagious?
“Definition of Cold Sores: Cold sores are small, fluid-filled blisters found on or around the lips. Cold sores are a symptom of the herpes simplex virus. More than half of the U.S. population is infected by the HSV-1 strain of herpes by their 20s, according to the NIH. Below is a brief overview of the causes, symptoms and treatments, plus links to more information.
What Causes Cold Sores? The herpes simplex type-1 strain of the herpes virus causes most cold sores. But HSV-2, which often causes genital herpes, can also cause cold sores. Oral herpes may stay dormant in the body until times of stress. Fever, menstruation, sun exposure and surgery can trigger cold sore outbreaks.
Are Cold Sores Contagious? Yes. Cold sores spread by kissing and intimate contact or by sharing utensils, dishes, razors and towels. Herpes is easily spread from open sores, but infected people can spread HSV-1 even if they don’t have an outbreak.
Medical Term: Herpes labialis.
Signs & Symptoms: Many people with HSV-1 do not have cold sores. If cold sores do appear, they are preceded by a burning, tingling or itching sensation around the mouth. Blisters then form and after several days break open, ooze, crust over and heal.”
Those wondering how to manage their cold sores will be happy to learn that while there are currently no herpes cures for oral or genital herpes, a number of all-natural herpes remedies exist that can suppress the herpes virus within the infected cells. These “cures” are often considered the best cold sore treatment because they can also prevent future outbreaks while increasing the healing speed of current lesions.
Non-natural prescription herpes treatment drugs also exist. These “cures” for herpes are known to cause many harmful side effects, and this form of treatment is slowly falling out of favor. Far from true cures, these remedies often cost more than double the price of equally-effective natural treatment. Some natural remedies for cold sores have even been considered more effective than prescription remedies, leading to an insurgence of people buying natural treatment.
Unless cures are made to kill herpes deep in nerve cells, cold sores can always come back. Treatment offers relief from outbreaks so long as the herpes sufferer continues to take their prescription or non-prescription remedies to preventively keep outbreaks from occurring; alternatively, treatment can be taken at the first sign of an outbreak to speed up the natural cold sore process (forming, bursting, scabbing, and healing). When cures are eventually made for oral or genital herpes (hopefully both!), Herpes Treatment Site will be the first on the net to inform you!
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