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What Is The Best Treatment For Cold Sores?

Cold sores are also commonly known as fever blisters, oral herpes or herpes labialis. They are lesions that appear around or on the mouth, lip and are caused by the herpes simplex virus which is highly contagious. Herpes is one of the most common viral infections in the world. Herpes simplex virus type-1 and herpes simplex virus type-2 both can cause cold sores, but cold sores are mostly caused by herpes simplex virus type-1.

Cold sores can often occur if one is under stress, getting a cold or too much exposure to the sun. If you find you are prone to get a cold sore, the best prevention is to get adequate amount of sleep, minimize your stress level and get multi-vitamin supplements to boost your immune system to fight with the virus.

It is good to keep cold sores as far away as possible. Please remember that cold sores are extremely contagious. They can pass from one person to another through skin-to-skin contact. If someone has a cold sore, don't drink out of the same glass or use the same knife, fork, or spoon.

If you do get a cold sore, apply some ice wrapped in a cloth on it. Cold tea bags applied to the infected area every hour can also be beneficial. This is because tea bags contain tannic acid which is thought to have antiviral properties. Your cold sore will heal without any treatment within 10 days, so don't panic.

If you are likely to get frequent cold sores, eating well, getting enough rest, and learn how to deal with stress are important. Remember, after applying any medication or treatment to cold sores you should always wash your hands to prevent spreading of the cold sore to other parts of your body.

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