Cold Sore Causes

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8 hours ago The symptoms include:

  • Tingling, burning, or itching sensation around the lips
  • A painful small, hard spot around the lips
  • Tiny, fluid-filled blisters on or around the lips
  • Bursting of the blisters forming sores that ooze fluid
  • Erupted blisters develop into crust
  • Fever
  • Painful gums
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can trigger a cold sore?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Once this virus is in you, it can cause outbreaks of cold sores. Cold sore outbreaks are often triggered by exposure to hot sun, cold wind, a cold or other illness, a weak immune system, changing hormone levels, or even stress.

What is the most effective treatment for a cold sore?

  • Numb the pain: Over-the-counter pain reliever creams such as lidocaine and benzocaine can numb the burning and ease the discomfort. ...
  • Moisturize: Keep your lip and mouth area moisturized to prevent the sore from drying out and peeling, Dr. ...
  • Cool it: Using a simple cold compress, like ice or a cold, wet rag, can help reduce pain and redness.

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What is the best natural remedy for cold sores?

The 7 Best Cold Sore Remedies

  1. Lemon balm. The antiviral properties of lemon balm, also known as Melissa officinalis, may help reduce the redness and swelling associated with a blister or protect against future infections ...
  2. Over-the-counter antiviral medications. Products containing docosanol or benzyl alcohol can be helpful in reducing the duration of the cold sore.
  3. Ice. ...

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