Yes, anyone can get a cold sore. In fact it’s very common in children because they come into contact with a lot of people and are not fastidious about washing their hands, not eating or drinking after others, etc.
Cold sores are different from canker sores. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and are highly contagious. Canker sores are sores that happen inside the mouth. They are not caused by a herpes virus; in fact, doctors are not sure exactly what causes canker sores. See the wikiHow article, “How to Treat Canker Sores or Mouth Ulcers.”
I can never catch cold sores before they form. I seem to get the tingly feeling just hours before they’re completely broken out. Then there are other times where I think I feel tingling so I use Carmex for cold sores and it turns out to be nothing but my paranoia.
Method: You can either consume Lysine Amino acids directly or apply it on the affected area. There are some oral prescription drugs available for cold sores as well named acyclovir, valacyclovir and famciclovir. This would stop the growth of virus and will also increase the chances of recovery.
Knowing that things like stress, the menstrual cycle, sun or wind damage to the skin, sickness or fever, and burns can cause these, you can also work toward preventing them in the first place. However, if they do occur, there are things you can do at home to heal the cold sore quickly so you can move on with your life.
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In immunocompromised people, such as those with HIV infection or those receiving chemotherapy, severe outbreaks of herpes may occur. Colds sores may spread to large parts of the lower face or invade organs. Antiviral drugs are used to prevent or lessen such attacks.
A study published in Alternative Therapies for Health and Medicine found that zinc oxide/glycine cream is an effective treatment for an oral herpes infection. Participants who began treatment with a zinc oxide/glycine cream within 24 hours of experiencing signs and symptoms a cold sore noticed a significantly shorter duration of cold sore lesions than the subjects treated with a placebo cream. (5)
Most pediatricians and primary care providers are very familiar with cold sores and their treatment. Most cases do not need the services of a dermatologist (skin specialist). An infectious-disease specialist is often consulted in complicated cases, such as herpes encephalitis or herpes in a person with a weak immune system. The care of an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) is important in managing ocular herpes, or herpes keratitis.
How to use: Apply diluted oregano oil to a cotton ball and hold it on the affected area for as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times throughout the day, and continue treatment until your blisters heal completely.
Anesthetic and antiviral creams are also used to treat cold sores, such as Abreva. In a small, randomized and controlled study, seven patients tested lidocaine and prilocaine cream, and this treatment reduced the mean duration of cold sore symptoms. The efficacy of antiviral creams, such as acyclovir and penciclovir, has also been evaluated. Both creams reduced the duration of cold sore pain and time to recovery, but they must be applied several times throughout the day, especially penciclovir. (18)
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Keep your immune system strong. Cold sore outbreaks tend to occur when your immune system has been compromised. You might see them when you’ve got a cold or have been under the weather for another reason. Keep your immune system healthy by getting lots of sleep, drinking lots of water, and eating foods rich in vitamins and other nutrients.
Cold sores do not usually occur inside the mouth, however if they do, it is most likely on the gums or hard palette (roof of the mouth). If the lesion appears inside the mouth, especially on the soft tissue, it is most likely to be a canker sore, not a cold sore.