Fevers blisters are painful red blisters that usual appear near the mouth or lips and they are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1). When the fever blister bursts and the wound crusts over you have a cold sore. A cold sore is considered the main symptom of oral herpes. If you are suffering from a one of these sores that means you can be 99% certain that you are suffering from oral herpes.
As mentioned earlier these sores are caused by the HSV which comes in two types: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is responsible for causing oral herpes while HSV-2 is the cause of genital herpes. HSV-1 becomes HSV-2 if it is transferred from the oral region to the genital region.
Depending upon the severity, cold mouth sores vary in appearance. There are a number of stages in the life cycle of fever blisters. The very initial stage is known as the tingle stage. At this stage, the sufferer feels a burning or tingling sensation around their mouth and lips. During the next stage, called the blister stage, a water filled blister appears. After this is the weeping stage. This is the most painful stage and at this stage the blister ruptures. After few days, a brownish scab will appear in that area and this is called the crusting stage. After this stage comes everyone’s favorite, the healing stage during which the scab starts to disappear.
There is a misconception and some misinformation floating around that fever blisters and canker sores are the same, when they are in fact different. Canker sores are usually white in color and they appear on the inside of the mouth. Cold sores on the other hand are found on the outside of the mouth, around the lips and can even spread over the rest of your face. Cold sores start as fever blisters that rupture and crust over while canker sores do not have such life cycles.
No medication has been discovered which can cure cold sores completely. However, there are many medications available in the market that can reduce the pain, discomfort and duration of these nasty little sores. In addition to these pharmaceuticals there are also natural home remedies that are quite effective.
One thing you will find when looking up information about cold sores is that some remedies will work for some people and not others. Before you decide that there is no remedy for you make sure that you try them all. I am willing to bet that you will find one that works.
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