Cold Sore Basics
What is a Cold Sore?
Don’t be confused by what is a cold sore. Cold sores, otherwise known as fever blisters, are small, red sores that develop on or near the lips, and sometimes in the mouth. They are a member of the Herpes virus, or HSV-1.
How Do I Get Cold Sores?
Most people will contract cold sores by sharing drinks, food, or kissing someone who already has cold sores. One cold sore fact is that even people without a visible cold sore can infect others, as the virus lies dormant in their saliva. Once contracted, the virus stays with you for life, hiding in the nerve cells near your ear. Statistics say somewhere around 7 in every 10 people will contract cold sores.
What Are Symptoms of Cold Sores?
When first contracted, the cold sore virus can cause flu-like symptoms: swollen gums, a sore feeling in the mouth, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and a mild fever. Ironically, you will not develop cold sores after first infection, as only about a third of all people who catch cold sores will ever actually develop sores.
If you do develop sores, about a day before you will begin to feel a tingle, itch or small localized burning sensation around the mouth. After which, you will see a small cluster of blisters that will turn into a painful sore. The sore will last a couple of days and slowly disappear. A typically flare-up lasts about 10 days.
Are Canker Sores Cold Sores?
Canker sores look and act similar to cold sores, however unlike cold sores, canker sores are not contagious. Experts still aren’t sure what the cause of canker sores are, with factors like stress, vitamin deficiency, and citric acid being the most common triggers. A canker sore lasts about 10 days.
How Do I Prevent Cold Sores?
The best way to keep cold sores from appearing is to boost the immune system. The immune system is what keeps the virus dormant, and whenever the immune system is weak, that is when cold sores are most likely to appear. Maintaining a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, regular exercise and stress management are all ways of keeping a healthy, balanced immune system.
Extreme conditions outdoors, like excessive heat or cold, can trigger a cold sore outbreak. Did you know that ultraviolet rays from the sun can repress the immune system? When outside, use sun block and sunblock-containing lip balm. Open the next accordion item to learn more from our cold sore FAQ about cold sores and how to treat them effectively.
What Triggers A Cold Sore Outbreak?
Cold sore triggers can happen from some of the most common instances of our day-to-day lives, so avoid these for proactive steps against your next outbreak:
- Weakened immune system
- Ultraviolet light
- Common illnesses, like the flu
- Emotional stress or frustration
- Exposure to extreme temperatures
- Feeling tired or fatigued
- Cuts to the lip or mouth
Can I Give My Cold Sore to Friends or Family?
You shouldn’t share drinks or kiss anyone while a cold sore is present, as these are some of the most common ways to spreading the infection. The virus can be carried in your saliva, as well as in the blister fluid.
How To Use InterceptCS™
How Does InterceptCS™ Work?
InterceptCS™ has been developed to deliver cold sore treatment through our special Thermal Therapy Technology. Through three, 30-second applications, InterceptCS™ destroys the infected cells that create cold sores, preventing the outbreak from ever occurring.
Thermal Therapy Technology is non-invasive, is painless, has no side effects and requires no prescription like most cold sore medication.
Is InterceptCS™ Clinically Proven?
InterceptCS™ is the first product of it’s kind clinically proven and approved for the prevention and treatment of cold sore outbreaks.
How Do I Use InterceptCS™?
InterceptCS™ is best used after the first two hours of the “early-stage”, when you first begin to notice a tingling, burning or itching sensation near the lips. The device uses disposable treatment activators to deliver the precise Thermal Therapy treatment.
Hold the InterceptCS™ device up to the infected area, and press the “Start” button to begin the treatment process. After the first 30 seconds, take a small break and then begin the second and third. The device will make an audible noise to signal each sequence is complete, along with an LED indicator on the side.
After the final 30 second treatment is over, the process is complete! Dispose of the treatment activator and your cold sore will now be fully repressed.
Does InterceptCS™ Require a Prescription?
You do not need a prescription for InterceptCS™. Intercept is a completely harmless and side-effect free method of cold sore prevention. Get instant relief without any visits to the doctor or check-ups.
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