Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about cold sores:
Cold sores are commonly caused by an exposure to the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1). Cold sores are small groups of fluid-filled blisters on the lips or around the mouth.
Other common names for cold sores are fever blisters, herpes simplex labialis, and herpes.
The virus that causes cold sores is called Herpes Simplex Type 1 (HSV-1).
At onset, a person may feel a tingling sensation or stinging pain before small groups of fluid-filled blisters form.
Hydrogen Peroxide is a topical antiseptic that according to the CDC, has bactericidal and virucidal activity. There are some conflicting information regarding the use of hydrogen peroxide to treat cold sores. Some sources claim that using diluted hydrogen peroxide can help treat cold sores and shorten the cold sore duration. Other sources warn that hydrogen peroxide may also damage healthy cells in the process of treating the cold sore.
Neosporin is a topical antibiotic ointment. A topical antibiotic ointment like Neosporin will help prevent secondary infections around the cold sore but will not kill the Herpes Simplex Type 1 (HSV-1) virus.
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- WebMD – Understanding Cold Sores Basics
- Mayo Clinic – Cold Sore Symptoms and causes
- Johns Hopkins Medicine – Cold Sores
- CDC - STD Facts - Genital Herpes
- CDC - Chemical Disinfectants - Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities (2008)
- CDC - Glossary - Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities (2008)
- Wikipedia – Herpes simplex