Cold sores - Oral Herpes
Cold sores are usually on the lips. A Cold sore (Oral Herpes) is a contagious disease caused by infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV). Herpes is mostly at the lips, but can also sit on the penis, vagina or skin. There are two main types of herpes infections, namely herpes on the lips (cold sores) and herpes on the genitals (genital herpes). This disorder has focused on cold sores (herpes labialis), which manifests itself as small blisters on the skin around the lips and nose. The skin may be red, swollen and painful. Symptoms include itching and pain in the skin followed by blisters and eventually wound. The wounds heal by itself without scarring and usually disappear within a week or so, unless there is inflammation in them. Unfortunately, herpes blisters tend to come again and again.
Following an outbreak pulls herpes virus back to the facial nerve where it goes to sleep and you can rest for many years without symptoms and ulcers, to again flare up. Usually in connection with colds or other infections in which virus can be activated by as flu, fever, UV rays such as sunlight or tanning beds, stress, menstruation, pregnancy, irritation after dental surgery, extreme cold / heat. The blisters typically start the same place every time. During outbreaks, the disease is highly contagious, but dormant periods infects not. Once you have been infected with cold sores, you will always have the virus in the body, and thus the likelihood of an outbreak again. Each 5 will get repeated outbreaks of cold sores throughout their lives. Herpes can be treated, but can not be cured.
Precautions and symptoms of Cold sores
A cold sore goes through various stages and the disease often begins with redness and an unpleasant tingling or burning sensation in the skin at the site where the blisters later appears. About a fourth of all who experience cold sores will fortunately never longer than the tingling sensation. The rest develops after a few days small, painful and fluid-filled blisters that quickly rupture and become sores. It is precisely at the time the disease is transmitted most.
For herpes outbreaks must eg avoid kissing someone, sharing cups, utensils and towels with others, and avoiding oral sex. Wash hands thoroughly after any. contact with the cold sore. The wounds heal without scarring and from the inside is covered by a crust, which is typically falls off after 8 to 10 days. The blisters and sores are localized on the lips and mouth. The affected area may be slightly red for several days. Herpes simplex virus is widespread, and it infects both children and adults. If symptoms of cold sores you should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist. - Click about the blister, fade and blisters in the mouth >>
How to deal with Cold sores?
It is important to start treatment as soon as possible. Early treatment means faster healing, faster pain relief and less time with the cold sore. Treatment should begin as soon as you feel the first tingling, or can see the first bubbles. There are medicines that shorten illness, but completely kill the virus can not. In the case of individual blisters or ulcers are treated with herpes-killing prescription drug such Vectavir cream for cold sores and herpes infections or Compeed, a patch of cold sores. An ultra thin cold sore patch that heals, hides and reduces the risk of infection. Start treatment as soon as you can feel the burning sensation in the skin.
For larger outbreaks or frequent repeated outbreaks can be treated with prescription tablets. By frequent seizures the tablets can be used preventively. There is no vaccine. Protect lips with a light-protecting pin which can be purchased at pharmacies. For small children with oral cavity inflammation, is medicine as juice (mixture). Generally, be careful with hygiene and not kiss when you have herpes outbreaks. - Contact the doctor the first time you have an outbreak of herpes and the infection of wounds or blisters located on the forehead, around eyes or nose. It can be transmitted to the eye and impair vision, but usually is a herpes infection completely harmless.