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  • How A Cold Sore Develops
  • The virus wakes up. The virus travels towards the area that was originally infected through the nerve ending. The area under the skin starts to tingle, itch, or burn. A day later a red bump appears. The bump becomes a blister. The blister dries up and a yellow crust appears in its place. The crust falls off and leaves a pinkish area behind. The virus travels back to the ganglion.
  • HSV-1 is very contagious. it can spread through skin contact or contact with oral or genital secretions (kissing). Do not touch active cold sores, be very careful not to touch your eyes. Cold sores can be dangerous for people with weakened immune systems.
  • How Do Cold Sores Spread?
  • How Are Cold Sores Diagnosed?
  • Cold sores usually go away after 7-10 days. There are no medications to make the infection go away but there are prescription medications and creams that can shorten the length of an outbreak and make the cold sore less painful.
  • Cures/Treatments
  • One thing you can do is apply heat or cold to blisters to help relieve pain. There are antiviral medications that help shorten the length of an outbreak and can help reduce outbreaks. There are topical medications that work as well.
  • More Cures and Treatments
  • Under a doctor's supervision, nutritional and dietary supplements can be added. A doctor needs to be consulted to make sure there are no side effects with medications. Herbs can also be considered but docter supervision is required.
  • http://m.kidhealth.org/en/teens /cold-sores.html?WT.ac= http://umm.edu/health/ medical/altmed/condition/ herpes-simplex-virus
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