Cold sore outbreaks rarely happen without people having a few questions. There always seems to be something new to discover no matter how many sores people experience or how many years the problem has existed. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions people ask.
Is this a cold sore?
Yes – if by “this” you mean a spot on the skin that was initially itching, tingling or burning and then suddenly reddened and raised. Eventually, the red spot develops into a nickel-sized or smaller cluster of blisters that become more painful, rupture and crust over. All of this will take place within a few days or up to two weeks. There may be only one spot, several spots and they typically occur near the mouth but can erupt anywhere.
Can I be cured?
Not yet. Scientists are researching different methods but no cure is available at this time. It is possible to potentially stop outbreaks from occurring with the use of The Cold Sore and Viral Inhibitor. The device is also capable of healing existing sores if caught too late to stop the outbreak. However, the HSV-1 virus will still remain in the system.
Do I have herpes?
Yes, but not the type you are probably imagining. Cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type 1. The STD version of herpes is caused by HSV Type 2.
Will I spread the disease?
Almost certainly. It is important to be cautious about not touching cold sores or sharing drinking containers and to wash hands frequently to prevent the spread. However, the majority of the adult population already has the virus in their bodies because it is so contagious.
Is it dangerous?
Most of the time a cold sore is nothing but a nuisance. Unfortunately, there are times when it can be dangerous. If the sore becomes infected it could lead to serious health concerns. Infants and people with weakened immune systems, like the elderly or someone undergoing cancer treatment, are at risk of becoming ill from the virus.
Why am I the only one with a cold sore?
It may seem that way but you actually are a member of a very large club. There are two reasons why this may seem untrue. The first reason is because not everyone with HSV-1 experiences outbreaks. The second reason is that the people who do develop sores will often hide away when they occur. People skip work, cancel dates and generally stay out of the public eye as much as possible to avoid being seen. Many people have also discovered methods that successfully eliminate their sores quickly so they do not have to hide away too long.
Do folk remedies work?
Some people get genuine relief using methods like milk compresses or applying vanilla to the sore and some do not. There is no reason to not try any sensible method. Avoid the remedies that require pouring caustic chemicals into the lesion, popping open the blisters or lighting anything on fire. These “cures” usually lead to infections and scars.