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Cold Sores

 

Cold sores or fever blisters are contagious small fluid filled blisters on or around the lips, nose, mouth and sometimes the genital area.

Causes

  • Herpes simplex virus-1(HSV1)
  • Herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV2)

Symptoms

  • Pain or tingling
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Fluid filled blisters
  • Oozing and crusting

Treatment
Usually, cold sores get cured in 7-10 days without treatment. Incase of pain or discomfort treatment can include:

  • Topical creams or ointments
  • Antiviral medication

Prevention

  • Avoid contact with infected people
  • Avoid sharing personal items like utensils, towels or grooming products
  • Wash your hands often
  • Practice safe sex