Experienced as painful blisters around the mouth and lips, cold sores can be irritating and unsightly and affect the sufferer's confidence. There are 2 forms of herpes which are known as herpes simplex 1 and 2; cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. Due to the prevalence of this virus, usually developed in childhood when transferred from family or friends who have the virus or else via kissing as a teen, it is now estimated that around 90% of the world’s population carries one of these forms of herpes.
The virus cannot be cured, but rather it stays inactive in the body only occasionally becoming active again when an outbreak occurs which could be due to a number of reasons such as:
- an infection such as a cold
- fatigue or exhaustion
- hormonal shifts including the female monthly menstrual cycle
If you suffer from cold sores it is wise to find a treatment such as Aciclovir which can help you control the outbreak and clear it as quickly as possible, whilst also protecting the area as it heals.