What Causes Cold Sores?


What Are Cold Sore Causes?

Essentially, cold sores are a strain of the herpes simplex virus, HSV-1. Surprisingly, estimates are that over 80% of the population in North America carries the herpes virus, though inactive. Many factors determine if the virus will remain dormant in a person or if it will be active. Another aspect of cold sores is to know the difference between a cold sore vs a pimple on lip.

Where Do Cold Sores Come From?

The herpes simplex virus usually enters the body through a break or opening in the skin around or inside the mouth. The virus is spread when a person comes in contact with a cold sore or infected fluid, such as saliva or physical contact. Sometimes parents can spread cold sores to their children in this way inadvertently.

Frequency of Cold Sores

Cold sore outbreaks vary significantly from person to person. While one individual may only have one cold sore outbreak a year, others might have more than one cold sore a month (see cold sore canker difference). It depends on many factors, including specific triggers, diet & lifestyle, sexual health, immune system strength, and so on.

Specific Triggers of Cold Sores Can Include:

  • Cold and Warm Weather
  • Fatigue
  • Other illnesses, such as cold or fever
  • Hormones
  • Mental or Physical Stress
  • Irritation of the Lips

Items to Look Out For

Some items are perfect carriers for the cold sore virus. The fluid inside of a cold sore blister contains a high number of the virus which can remain on a surface for long periods of time. Even touching the hand of someone with cold sores can lead to infection. Sharing toothbrushes, cups, knives or forks, face towels, lip balm or other personal items can result in infection (even a cold sore in the eye).

Avoiding Cold Sores

Don’t Share Drinks, Food or Utensils

As the cold sore can remain dormant on these surfaces for long periods of time, and are the most common sources of infection, never share food or drinks with someone who might be or is showing signs of a cold sore. Don’t kiss anyone who you don’t know, they could carry the virus.

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands is an important step during any part of the day, but if you feel you have come into contact with someone who has cold sores, wash your hands. It’s very common for people to touch their mouth, and if the virus reaches the mouth there’s a good chance of becoming infected. Also, be aware of eczema and cold sores and the possible effects.

Replace Towels

If your significant other or family members have cold sores, replace your towels and face cloths regularly. The virus can remain on these surfaces and easily spread to areas across the body other than the lips.

In Case of Infection

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