Cold sore is an infection which attacks a person’s lips and mouth. It can also attack the gums. Cold sore comes about due to the herpes simplex virus. Today health experts have so many other names for cold sore, some of which include oral herpes, fever blisters, herpes labialis and oral herpes simplex among others.
When a person is suffering from cold sore or oral herpes, more often than not you’d see visible sores or blisters on the lips of the person. These blisters or sores can be extremely painful and irritating to the sufferer.
Causes of Cold Sore
According to health experts, cold store is mainly caused by herpes simplex virus that spreads when you get into a close contact with a person who is suffering from it. Some of the common ways people these days get cold sore is through:
Having oral intimacy with a partner who is already infected with genital herpes.
You can get cold sore if you kiss someone who is infected with the virus. This has proven to be one of the commonest ways that people contract cold sores.
Parents who have cold sores can easily spread the infection to their children unknowingly through their daily activities with their children. According to the United States Library of Medicine, the majority of people in the country are infected with the cold sore virus before they reach the age of 20. Majority of this is through close contact with an infected person, usually a parent.
Many people also get the cold sore virus by using things such as towels, cups and dishes that have been infected with the herpes virus.
The Triggers of Cold Sore
According to health experts, when a person has been infected with the cold sore virus, which is normally when the person is young, the virus does not instantly lead to cold sores but remains dormant for some time until triggered by certain things like the following:
- Menstrual periods or hormonal changes
- Stress and fatigue
- Exposure to sunlight for a long period of time
- Cold winds have also been a attributed as a main trigger of cold sore.
In the next article, we are going to take a look at how to go about preventing a cold sore, the symptoms and if possible the treatment.