GENERAL HEALTH

Cold Sore On Lips: Causes And Best Remedies To Dry Up Cold Sores

Cold sores or fever blisters are one such type of viral infection that manifest as blisters around the mouth

When you start showing signs, the goal should be to get rid of a cold sore fast and without risking an outbreak

Cold sores are caused by the HSV virus

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Dr. Bhupendra Kannojiy
January 6th, 2021
5 mins read

Viral infections come in many forms and some of them have very visible symptoms. Cold sores or fever blisters are one such type of viral infection that manifests as blisters around the mouth. These sores are usually clumped together and are quite painful too. Moreover, the sores are unsightly as well and the entire condition is very contagious. It spreads quite easily through physical touch and even after treatment, there is a chance of reinfection.

Given the highly infectious nature of cold sores, you must be aware of this condition. Simply overlooking blisters around the mouth and leaving them unchecked is dangerous. It increases the chances of spreading the infection drastically. When you start showing signs of infection, the goal should be to get rid of a cold sore fast and without risking an outbreak. Ideally, this involves expert care, but it is also good to know what to look for yourself. To that end, here’s all you need to know about a cold sore on the lip, cold sore causes, and the different cold sore remedies.

What are cold sores?

Cold sores or fever blisters are sores you develop on the mouth or the outside of your lip. These are quite common and are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). The sores are filled with fluid and can last a few weeks before they dry up. Note that when you are infected by herpes on the lip, there is no cure. The only solution is to manage the symptoms and control the spread of the infection. This infection also affects the genitals and can be transmitted via contact.

What are the causes of a herpes cold sore?

The main cause of cold sores is the virus; however, other factors can also play a role. For instance, close contact or oral sex with the infected can also spread it to you. Almost anyone can get cold sores, but the risk is greater if you have a compromised or suppressed immune system. Conditions such as HIV AIDS, eczema, and cancer can result in complications with the virus.

What are the symptoms and stages of herpes on the lip?

Besides the visible symptoms, the other signs that you have herpes are quite common with those of a viral infection. Here is a list of what to expect.

  • Tingling sensation on the lips
  • Red fluid-filled blisters
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Once you notice any of these symptoms, you should immediately start treatment. If this is your first time contracting the infection, you may get headaches, painful gums, and a sore throat as well. Now that you know the symptoms, here are the stages of a cold sore.

  • Tingling before the cold sores erupt
  • The appearance of the blisters
  • Blisters burst and form painful sores
  • Sores dry and form an itchy scab
  • Scabs begin to fall and the cold sore starts to heal

What are common cold sore remedies you can try at home?

Home remedies for cold sores generally revolve around drying up the blister. This infection takes at least two weeks to clear up, you should focus on is reducing the discomfort. Here are options you can consider.

  • Using Kanuka Honey
  • Making a tea tree oil mixture
  • Diluting apple cider vinegar to apply on the skin
  • Applying creams with lemon balm

What are the medications used for cold sore on lip treatment?

Medicines that contain numbing agents such as menthol and phenol help dry out sores and soften scabs. In addition to this, anesthetic gels and oral medications can also help reduce chances of reinfection and speed up healing. Certain antivirals such as famciclovir (Famvir), acyclovir (Zovirax), and valacyclovir (Valtrex) work effectively, especially within the first 48 hours.

Is there a difference between a cold sore in the mouth and a blister on the lip?

The first and most important difference is that a cold sore in the mouth is a canker sore, whereas a blister on the lip is herpes. A canker sore may be triggered by several factors such as nutrient deficiency, hormone fluctuations, injury in the mouth, stress, and others, and aren’t contagious. On the other hand, cold sores are caused by the HSV virus.

Treating cold sores demands quick action and any delay increases the risk of an outbreak of further spread. Cold sore treatment should thus be a priority for you, whether you opt for cold sore remedies at home using natural means or via specialized medication under a doctor’s supervision. It is also important that you don’t confuse a cold sore inside the lip to be caused by the same virus. Such assumptions can lead you self-administer the wrong medications or cold sore cream and cause further problems. Ideally, when you notice the signs, be cautious about infecting others around you and seek medical care immediately. To find the right specialist and get cold sore treatment fast, be sure to use Bajaj Finserv Health.

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