The Cold Sore
Cold sores (also called fever blisters) are caused by a virus known as Herpes Simplex Virus – Type 1 (HSV-1). It is a highly contagious, incurable virus that is common throughout the world. Most HSV-1 infections are acquired during childhood. According to the National Institute of Health, about 90 percent of adults have been exposed to the virus by the age of 50, but not everyone will experience symptoms.
A Highly Contagious Virus
Cold Sores are most contagious during an outbreak, but can also be transmitted when no symptoms are felt or visible. People with active symptoms of a cold sore should avoid oral contact with others and sharing objects that have been in contact with saliva.
What Can You Do?
There are “triggers” that can cause cold sore outbreaks, including fatigue, excessive heat or cold, and sun exposure. You can reduce exposure to these triggers by staying well rested and protecting your skin and lips from the sun. In addition, look to minimize your stress levels and keep your lips hydrated – especially during exposure to extreme weather such as during outdoor sports.
Suggestions that may help prevent spreading cold sores
- Avoid kissing or skin contact with other people
- Avoid sharing towels, lipstick, lip balm, and cutlery with others.
- Avoid touching cold sores and then touching other susceptible areas such as the eyes
- If you touch the sores immediately wash the hands with soap and warm water
Stages of a Cold Sore
1 | Tingle & Itch
Redness and tingling sensations in the infected area.
2 | Blister
The appearance of liquid filled blister.
3 | Ulcer
The blisters are bursting , and in their place appears a solid scab, ulcer.
4 | Scab
Crusty and yellow scab, bleeding and itching.
5 | Healing
Dry skin and swelling, scab starts to fall off.
Keep Aubio Cold Sore Treatment Gel with you at all times to temporarily relieve cold sore pain and itching.