Though they may not need an introduction, cold sores are small clustered blisters that appear around the lip area. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and are often also referred to as oral herpes.
Causes of cold sores
According to the HSE, in many people, the virus is passed on in early childhood when they may have been kissed by a family member who had a cold sore at the time .With that said, there are certain factors that might result in a cold sore appearing, these include:
- Emotional or psychological stress
Can you prevent cold sores?
As the herpes simplex virus can’t be cured, there is no way to completely prevent a cold sore outbreak. Though there are ways to prevent spreading it, these include:
- Avoid touching the cold sore
- Wash your hands before and after applying any cream to the area
- Avoid sharing items that may have touched the cold sore
- Avoid kissing and oral sex
See also: Can Herpes go Away on its Own?
Although the Herpes Simplex Virus cannot be completely cleared, if you experience cold sores or are sexually active - it’s always good to know more. This can be done by partaking in regular sexual health screening with your local doctor or from home with an at-home lab test.
LetsGetChecked’s at-home Herpes Test can detect herpes simplex antibodies for either HSV-1 or HSV-2. Online results will be available within 5 days and our dedicated medical team will be there to offer a helping hand should you have any questions.
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