Cold sore .. noun ..
cold sores .. plural
An inflamed blister in or near the mouth, caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus.
other web definitions.
Herpes labialis (also known as "Orolabial herpes") is an infection of the lip by herpes simplex virus. In many cases, it causes small blisters or sores on or around the mouth that are commonly known as cold sores or fever blisters. Also called fever blister, and a result of the Herpes Simplex 1 virus, which is contagious when active and can be also be transmitted to the genitals and other body parts.
Also called fever blister, and a result of the Herpes Simplex 1 virus, which is contagious when active and can be also be transmitted to the genitals and other body parts.
Cold sore myths
Myth: You only get cold sores when you get a common cold!
Fact: While it is true that a common cold may bring on the onset of a cold sore outbreak this is due only to the fact that your immune system would have been under stress from the cold and with your immune system down from that, the conditions along with other factors are just right for an cold sore attack so the common cold in itself does not bring on the virus attack.
Myth: The cold and flu viruses are one and the same as the cold sore virus!
Fact: This is a myth, the viruses that cause colds and flu are not the same as the herpes simplex virus a.k.a. HSV-1 .
Myth: You can catch the cold sore virus from swimming.
Fact: You can not catch the cold sore virus while swimming but don't share scuba gear or snorkel equipment with someone that is having a cold sore outbreak.
Myth: Rubbing a small piece of raw potato on the cold sore blister then burying it in the garden will get rid of your cold sore.
Fact: This is complete nonsense there are other beneficial plants or extracts that you can rub on your blister to sooth it but the humble potato is not one of them. You could however freeze the potato in strips and use it like an ice cube as it is 90% water.
Myth: Can you catch the herpes virus from an animal, like a dog.
Fact: While dogs do have their own type of herpes virus, humans and animals with the exception of primates, DO NOT commonly share such types of infection.
Myth: Oral herpes and genital herpes are caused by the same virus.
Fact: The HSV-2 is the main cause of genital herpes and the HSV-1 is the main cause of oral herpes (cold sores), but it also is linked to a a very small percentage of genital herpes infections infections.
Myth: You can not get the herpes virus from sharing a drinking straw as it is too small.
Fact: Yes you can catch the cold sore virus from sharing anything that has come into contact with the Silvia of some person who is having a coldsore outbreak.