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Cold sores are small painful blisters that can appear around the mouth, face, or nose. Cold sores (or fever blisters) are very common. They usually go away on their own within 1 to 2 weeks.
Cold sores first form blisters on the lips, around the mouth, and sometimes inside the mouth. The blisters then become sores, which can make eating painful. They’re filled with fluid, but crust over and form a scab before they go away.
Sometimes the virus causes redness and swelling of the gums, fever, muscle aches, a generally ill feeling, and swollen neck glands.
After a child first gets HSV-1, the virus can lie quietly in the body without causing any symptoms. But it can wake up again later from things like:
When the virus reactivates, it can cause tingling and numbness around the mouth before blisters appear.
The herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) causes cold sores. This is a different
from herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). HSV-2 causes lesions in the genital area called genital herpes. Even though HSV-1 typically causes sores around the mouth and HSV-2 causes genital sores, these viruses can cause sores in either place.
Kids can get HSV-1 by kissing or touching a person with cold sores, or by sharing eating utensils, towels, or other items with an infected person. Many kids get infected with HSV-1 during the preschool years.
Cold sores usually go away in about 1 to 2 weeks. No medicines can make the virus go away, but some treatments can help make cold sores less painful and not last as long:
Call the doctor if your child:
The virus that causes cold sores is very contagious. To help prevent it from spreading to others, anyone with a cold sore should:
They also should try not to touch their eyes. If HSV infects the eyes, it can be very serious.
If you’re caring for a child with a cold sore, wash your hands often so that you don’t get the virus or spread it to others.
Canker sores are fairly common, and they usually go away on their own without treatment.Â Read this article for teens to find out more, including tips on what to do about the pain.
Many people regularly get bothersome canker sores in their mouths. Here’s how to help prevent them – and make a kid who has one more comfortable.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that’s usually caused by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). There’s no cure for genital herpes, but medicines can help control it.
You may have had a cold sore, but what are they exactly? Find out in this article for kids.
Cold sores (also known as fever blisters) are pretty common and lots of people get them. So what causes them and what can you do?
Have you ever been rankled by a canker sore? If you have, you know that these small mouth sores can cause major pain.
Our mouth and teeth play an important role in our daily lives. Here’s a course on the basics – including common problems of the mouth and teeth.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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