13 Sep What You Can Do About A Herpes Cold Sore
A herpes cold sore, often called a fever blister, is a lesion or bump in or around the mouth caused by the herpes simplex virus. While typically a result of a herpes simplex type 1 infection, these lesions can also be caused by HSV 2 (genital herpes). A fever blister is not usually a sexually transmitted disease, but can be transmitted to the mouth through oral-to-genital contact with an infected person.
So What Exactly is a Herpes Cold Sore?
“According Dr. Craig Austin, a dermatologist in New York City, cold sores usually aren’t a sexually transmitted disease (STD). They are caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two kinds of herpes: HSV-1, which is usually not an STD and occurs on the lip, and HSV-2, which usually causes genital herpes, which is essentially an STD in the genital area. Both viruses can be transmitted by saliva, body secretions or oral sex. If you contract either kind of herpes you will always have the virus because the cold sore lives in the sensory nerve and stays dormant in the nerve until outbreaks occur.
Some people only get one cold sore in their lives and may not realize they are carrying a latent form of herpes. Even if you don’t have a visible cold sore, there’s a chance you can still transmit the virus through your saliva or via oral sex, says Dr. Barry Goldman, the chief of dermatology at New York Downtown Hospital. (An outbreak of HSV-1 in the genital area becomes a form of genital herpes.)
So, what are the triggers for those pesky cold sores? Emotional stress, the flu, the common cold, dental work and UVB rays from sunlight can all prompt the sore to the surface, said Dr. Ofer M. Wellisch, a clinical researcher in New York City. (When they appear after a day in the sun or after the flu, they are sometimes called “sun blisters” or “fever blisters,” but they are caused by herpes.)”
While an all-natural herpes treatment is the preferred way to suppress herpes cold sore outbreaks, other precautions can be taken to suppress herpes including:
- wearing sunblock daily,
- using a lip balm that contains SPF, and
- avoiding stressful situations.
Treatment for herpes ranges from topical remedies to pill-based treatment. Oral and genital herpes remedies use the same treatment and attempt to accomplish the same results: suppressing outbreaks. Topical treatment is considered the least effective form of treatment, while prescription-based chemical remedies are considered much more effective. Unfortunately, prescription “cures” for herpes also usually have many negative side effects. For this reason, natural treatment has become much more popular for herpes symptoms treatment.
Treatment options vary widely, but all effective remedies use ingredients that boost the immune system and suppress cold sores. This effect “cures” away cold sores by putting the immune system in overdrive, forcing the virus into latency. Remedies are far from cures, but they are the closest things to oral and genital herpes cures that are currently available on the market. True cures for any form of herpes viruses would kill herpes where it hides in the nerve roots, but current remedies cannot create these results.
Cures for the herpes virus may be far away, but effective remedies can keep you cold sore free and help you live a happier life. Don’t be fooled by retailers who claim to have cures for herpes labialis or genitalis – if cures existed, Herpes Treatment Site would be the first to report about it!
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