Quite often what are called “cold sores” are the manifestation of the herpes simplex virus. Cold sores can be very itchy and usually last from one week to two weeks. People who get cold sores often feel embarrassed by the blister, and will often avoid many social interactions until the core sore completely heals. The red raised blisters form on the lips near the mouth and are very contagious. It is advised that any person who exhibits a cold sore to not share eating utensils, drinks, or other items which may come in contact with the blister.
Herpes Simplex Signs and Symptoms
The herpes simplex virus is most contagious when an infected individual is producing and shedding the virus. Common signs and symptoms are characterized by
oozing blisters on the lips, mucous membranes, or in the genitals. Once an individual is infected there is no way to completely eradicate the virus, it lays
dormant within the body until a new outbreak presents itself.
Preventing Herpes Simplex Outbreaks
The avoidance of stress can play a big factor in preventing future outbreaks. There are also a multitude of topical creams and ointments available to ease the
symptoms of an outbreak. Most of the creams and ointments available to treat herpes simplex rely on the patient applying them when they first feel the “itch” of a cold sore. Applying topical creams and ointments as soon as possible when the patient feels a cold sore coming on is of utmost importance. A full outbreak can be prevented if the patient applies the topical solution when he or she first feels the cold sore coming on.
Herpes Simplex Cure
Unfortunately, at this time there is no cure for herpes simplex. Cold sores have indeed become comparable to the “common cold” in that they are incurable and are an annoyance to people who contract the virus. Once a person becomes infected the only real course of action is to treat the cold sore blister with topical creams and wait for it to subside. This is why it is vital for infected persons to take the utmost of care as to not infect their family members and friends.