- You avoid every camera or video camera in sight.
- You make excuses to skip that party on Friday night.
- You use the phony cough over the phone to cancel that date.
- You reschedule an important business meeting to avoid the stares.
- You know onlookers are dying to say something about that thing on your lip.
Do these scenarios sound familiar? If they do, then you're at the right place. Your life is disrupted for about a week or so every time you get these fever blisters or cold sores and you want help! Let's discuss what these irritating impostors are and how you can get relief! Below are six interesting facts about infuriating fever blisters and inconvenient cold sores.
Fever blisters and cold sores are the same thing. Painful and watery blisters on the skin, mouth, or lips are called fever blisters and cold sores, but they are the same thing. Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is the main cause for these sores.
HSV-1 and HSV-2 are the two types of Herpes Simplex Virus. Fever blisters and cold sores are type 1 and sexually transmitted diseases are type 2. Both virus types cause lip and mouth sores or genital herpes if your skin comes into contact with either type of virus.
Fever blisters and cold sores can come back to haunt you. This is because the tendency of this virus is to establish itself in the nerve collections (ganglia) under the skin. It is commonly accepted that if you have the virus in your body, you will always have the virus in your body.
Fever blisters and cold sores have many causes. Below are the top five things can trigger these sores to flare up:
- Changes in your immune system
Fever blisters and cold sores have warning signs. If you have one or more of these signs, then get ready for some uninvited guests:
- Hardness around the mouth
- Small bumps
Fever blisters and cold sores are highly contagious. Here are seven easy steps to follow to ensure the safety of others and yourself:
- Avoid kissing.
- Avoid sharing utensils, cups, or straws with other people.
- Avoid touching the sore.
- Change your toothbrush at the onset of an outbreak of a cold sore.
- Use a different toothbrush while you have the cold sore, and then switch to a new toothbrush.
- Wash dishes and utensils thoroughly with disinfectant soap.
- Wash your hands frequently.
Fever blisters and cold sores can be prevented. Follow these quick and simple ways and you'll cut your chances way down of getting cold sores or fever blisters:
- Avoid allergens and alcohol consumption.
- Eat right.
Now, compare these scenarios to the ones before. Which scenarios would you rather have?
- You are the life of the party.
- You accept that date invitation.
- You are surrounded by "paparazzi" and you love it.
- You walk into that business meeting with confidence.