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Cold Sore

 

Overview

A Cold Sore is a viral infection. Cold sores are small fluid filled sores or blisters that are painful. These can usually appear on nose, lips, mouth and usually last a few days. Mostly they reoccur as the viral infection is not easily eliminated by the body.

 

Causes

Triggers of cold sores can be stress whether mental or physical, vagaries of weather, or ultraviolet radiation and fever that could make the body less resistant to the cold sore virus. An acid pH of the body can activate the virus and cause cold sores.  A weak immune system makes the body more susceptible to cold sores.  Physical contact with an infected person and its transmission through air, cough, blood or saliva can also be another cause.  When the sore is open the virus is contagious and easily spread. You should avoid kissing or sharing cups during this time.

 

Symptoms

Commonly, cold sores symptoms may include fever, sore throat, runny nose, tiredness, headache and swollen lymph glands. When a cold sore is about to appear, there will be a tingling sensation in that area and then the area may become red and very painful. Then the cold sore will start to form as small blisters.  The blisters generally dry up in a few days and leave scabs that may cause an irritation or an itchy feeling. In some cases, the person may find it difficult to eat and drink and this could further lead to dehydration.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will do a physical examination of the patient and note down the symptoms. The doctor may sometimes ask the patient to go in for tests to detect the virus.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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