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Who gets a cold sore?

Anyone can get the herpes simplex virus. It is estimated that by the age of 15 more than 40% of people have been exposed to the herpes simplex virus. And that number increases to 80-90% for older adults. Just because someone gets the herpes simplex virus doesn’t mean they’ll develop cold sores. For many, about 20-40%, repeated outbreaks are common. Men and women are equally likely to suffer from cold sores, at any age.

If you get cold sores you may experience some unusual sensations around your lips and mouth, signalling that a cold sore is about to develop. Not everyone experiences the same degree of discomfort during a cold sore outbreak. The size of the cold sore and the length of time it takes to heal may be different as well. Depending on the phase of their outbreak many people report different symptoms while it takes place.

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