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What are Cold Sores?

Mouth sores are most often mechanical irritations, cold sores (also called fever blisters), or canker sores. Mechanically-caused mouth sores generally last 7 to 10 days, even if you don't do anything. They sometimes last up to 2 weeks.

Irritation in the mouth can cause sores and blisters. This irritation can be caused by:
  • Biting your cheek, tongue, or lip (including grinding your teeth at night)
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Braces
  • A sharp or broken tooth or poorly fitting dentures
  • Burning your mouth from hot food or drinks

A cold sore is a specific type of mouth sore.  What is a Cold Sore?

The dictionary defines a coldsore as "a small blister occurring on the lips and face and caused by herpes simplex. Also called fever blister, herpes labialis, herpes simplex type I ."

Another source describes cold sores this way: "a vesicular lesion that typically occurs in or around the mouth, that initially causes pain, burning, or itching before bursting and crusting over, and that is caused by a herpes simplex virus which remains dormant in the body and may be reactivated by a variety of factors (as stress, fever, or sunburn) called also fever blister - compare CANKER SORE."

A third source defines a cold sore as a fever blister, which is a sore from an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus, characterized by an eruption of small and usually painful blisters on the skin of the lips, mouth, gums, or the skin around the mouth. A fever blister is highly contagious.

Canker sores are very different from cold sores or fever blisters. We will discuss canker sores in the following pages.

Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus and are very contagious. Usually, you have tenderness, tingling, or burning before the actual cold sore appears. Herpes cold sores begin as blisters and then crust over.

The herpes simplex virus can reside in your body for years, appearing as a mouth sore only when something provokes it. Such circumstances may include another illness, especially if there is a fever, stress, hormonal changes (like menstruation), and sun exposure.

Let's get this out in the open as soon as possible. Cold sores are a form of Herpes - the Herpes Simplex virus. It is a common, contagious, and often sexually-transmitted disease that is unfortunately at this time incurable. The symptoms are the blisters which can appear anywhere on the body, but are especially common around the mouth and genital regions.

If you are suffering through an active outbreak of the Herpes Simplex virus, you need some way to deal with the pain and embarrassment. Therefore we present these home remedies for cold sores.

To prevent spreading this virus which may infect between 25-30% of the adult population in the USA, abstinence is best (though rarely practical) and at least well protected intercourse with condoms is suggested. Condoms cannot completely prevent the spread of this virus though as it can be spread even when you are not having an outbreak from simple skin to skin contact.

We certainly hope that you find a useful cold sore home remedy in the pages which follow this one.

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