About cold sores
What is a cold sore?
Cold sores are also known as a fever blister that usually forms on the lip or around your mouth. The cold sore is marked by fluid filled blisters that make the skin red and swollen. >>
Who gets a cold sore?
Anyone can get the herpes simplex virus. Most people get the virus during childhood. >>
When do you get a cold sore?
There are many triggers for a cold sore to appear or to activate the herpes simplex virus. Cold sore outbreaks are generally a result of psychological or physical stress. >>
Symptoms of a cold sore
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. >>
Phases of a cold sore
There are 4 main stages to the life cycle of a cold sore. Together, the 4 phases typically run 7 to 10 days, but can sometimes last up to 2 weeks or longer. >>
Herpes simplex labialis
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of the herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. >>