Herpes is a very common skin condition caused by the herpes simplex virus, which can be one of two types: herpes type 1 (HSV-1) causing oral herpes, cold sores or fever blisters while herpes type 2 (HSV-2) affects the genital area. In this article, we explain the symptoms of the facial type of herpes so you know how to recognise cold sores.
First, remember that there are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 causes oral herpes or cold sores, while HSV-2 affects the genital area. Identifying genital herpes is quite different from oral herpes, so you should not follow these instructions for that use. Also it is important that you remember how to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) at all times to avoid worrying about catching an STD.
Cold sores or fever blisters can also affect other parts of the face in addition to the mouth. They are very common and are highly contagious. They cause blisters or sores on the lips, chin, cheeks, nostrils, gums, roof of the mouth and other areas as well.
HSV-1 is spread by direct contact. The virus is notmally transmitted when an open wound or tiny abrasion comes into contact with a cold sore. The virus can enter the body and remain latent for a long time, only causing an outbreak at moments of weakened immune system. Some people harbour the virus without ever getting any cold sores, but usually sores occur around the area through which the virus entered the body.
Often the first symptoms of HSV-1 are tingling, burning, itching or stinging sensations around the edges of the lips, nose or other affected facial area. People with regular outbreaks can distinguish the sensation rapidly. If you feel the tingling sensation, it is a good idea to apply a cream for herpes right away to prevent the outbreak.
Then, blisters (vesicles) appear in the infected facial area and later, these blisters burst and become open sores.
Subsequently, the cold sores become covered with a yellowish crust, a sign that means they are starting to heal.
Seeing your doctor is the best way to diagnose cold sores and you should see them again if your cold sores last more than two weeks or occur frequently (i.e. more than six times per year).
This article is merely informative, OneHowTo does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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