What is a Cold Sore and How Do You get Them?
This site is dedicated to answering the question “what is a cold sore” and providing you with facts about cold sores and in our e-book, The Ultimate Cold Sore Cures, we divulge the secrets of a holistic cure for your cold sores.
To answer the question it is first appropriate that we consider in short what cold sores are, why and how we come to get them and then and only then, consider the range of available cold sore remedies.
What exactly are cold sores – How do you get cold sores?
Between 70 and 90 percent of people in The usa are thought to have suffered from cold sores.
They are sometimes also referred to as fever blisters and they usually form on the lips and around the mouth. But still be need to address that most fundamental of questions “how do you get a cold sore“?
The usual process is that you will feel a tingling feeling and notice the appearance of a small red sore. Left untrreated this will swell and eventually pop and discharge fluid before scabbing.
This process can take up to two weeks and during this time you will suffer from extreme discomfort and your social life may be somewhat curtailed.
What is the cause of cold sores?
The answer as many will know, is the Herpes Simplex Virus, type 1 (HSV1) Whilst HSV1 is responsible for all cold sore type sores, there is another form known as HSV2 which is responsible for the sexually transmitted disease Herpes.
Great care needs to be exercised because the virus is so easily spread. The barest form of physical contact can be enough for someone to catch HSV1.
HSV1 is so powerful a strain that you can even get it by something as everyday as sharing utensils and even a razor.
You should beware of kssing an infected person also. Cold sores can very quickly spread from the original site to other parts of your face, mouth and lips if you do not exercise great care during your outbreak.
What are the symptoms of cold sores?
So, what is a cold sore? Before there are any physical signs you will often feel a burning type of tingling feeling on your lips as they experience the early signs of the cold sore. You may suffer from a sore throat and also swollen glands. Cold sore treatments are the next logical topic and we will consider those in our next blog post.