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Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, and are caused by the herpes simplex virus HSV1 (HSV Type 1) and are usually located around the lips, mouth and nose. Whereas HSV2 (HSV Type 2) usually located on the bottom half of the body. HSV1 causes oral cold sores (oral herpes) but it can also cause genital herpes when transmitted through oral-to-genital contact., and HSV2, tends to be in the genital area but genital herpes can (but rarely) spread to other parts of the body.
The World Health Organization released a study that estimates two-thirds of people in the world (67%) have the HSV-1 strain of the herpes simplex virus — that’s approximately 3.7 billion people worldwide and It’s also possible to have the herpes virus and never have an outbreak in your life.
The herpes virus can be life-threatening to newborn babies (passed from the mother to the baby in the womb), and to people who have a weakened immune system.
Symptoms of Cold Sores
On your first attack of the herpes virus, people suffer fever or flu-like symptoms, along with swollen lymph nodes
On the first sign of a cold sore breaking through the skin, the sufferer will experience a tingling sensation in the affected area that can also be itchy and annoying
Once the cold sold is formed, it forms into a cluster of blisters which are filled with fluid. They are red in colour and the area around the blister is also quite red. These can be painful and annoying due to the burning sensation and itchiness.
There’s No Cure, But It Can Be Treated
There are prescription pills which can shorten the course of a cold sore outbreak, but it can’t prevent an outbreak from occurring again. Once someone has the herpes virus, it lays dormant in the body and can activate itself at any time.
The most common form of treatment for cold sores are creams which contain antibacterial properties. Once applied, make sure to always wash your hands, as you don’t want to spread the infection to other areas of your body or transfer it onto someone else.
Generally speaking, a cold sore outbreak healing process lasts up in 7 to 10 days. If it fails to do so, you should seek medical advice.
Other Triggers Relating to the Herpes Virus
Usually, the activation of the herpes virus is due to stress or other triggers. These triggers are generally linked to causing a breakout:
Exposure to the sun for long periods of time (heat)
And daily suppressive therapy (daily antiviral meds) can reduce the risk of passing genital herpes on to your partner. Suppressive therapy can reduce the number of genital herpes recurrences by 70%–80%.
Cold Sore Breakout Prevention
Don’t kiss others if they have a cold sore, and don’t kiss others when you have a cold sore. You will end up transferring the virus to them, and you may spread your already activated cold sore. Use condoms to help prevent passing on the viruses through sexual intercourse, even oral sex.
Always wash your hands after treating or touching your cold sore. The herpes virus is extremely contagious, and you must deal with it with care. It can travel your hands to anywhere you touch. If you find yourself washing your hands too often, and your hands become extremely dry, opt for antibacterial wipes, and hand moisturiser. If they are dry, try to avoid alcohol contained hand wipes. Disinfect the things that you touch often by using disinfecting products, such as phones and utensils to avoid spreading the virus. These tips will also help to reduce the duration of your cold sore(s).
CBD oil derives from the cannabis plant and studies have shown that it contains antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.These properties help fight off against the herpes virus symptoms and can ease discomfort.
There are many different methods to consuming CBD, but the most potent of them all is CBD oil, where you place a few drops of a tincture (check your dosage amount) and place them under your tongue for 20 to 30 seconds, as this is the best form of getting CBD into your bloodstream. You can also use creams that you can apply to the affected area. The cream is also the most effective way of reducing the inflamed, red area caused by the blistering.