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10 Common Falsehoods & Myths About Cold Sores Debunked

debunking ten common cold sore myths

Just like all medical conditions, there are MANY myths about cold sores online that people assume are accurate. Word spreads quickly on opinion-based websites and forums, so false information is immediately accepted as the truth. Avoiding these misconceptions enables you to avoid spreading the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) to other areas of the face and […]

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Are Cold Sores a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?

Are cold sores a Sexually Transmitted Disease?

The herpes virus carries a stigma. While various labels are crucial for basic understanding, not every type of herpes is an STD. Most individuals who carry HSV acquired the virus through non-sexual acts. The definition is determined by the action. If you currently have herpes and the viral transfer took place during sexual activity, then you […]

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Is a Cold Sore Contagious before It Appears?

Are cold sore contagious when they aren't visible?

Caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), cold sores are highly contagious at all stages of development. Even if you can’t see a cold sore, it is still infectious. This is very important to know when managing healing as well as interaction with others. If your current experience with a cold sore outbreak is your […]

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Understanding the Cold Sore Symptoms: Primary & Recurrent Infection

Woman recovering from the cold sore virus or HSV-1

Cold sores are an extremely common condition, which many people experience during their lives. These irritating blisters and scabs are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). Many people come into contact with this virus without even realizing, often during childhood. Unfortunately, there is no cure for cold sores available. The first sign that you’ve […]

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Are Cold Sores Hereditary?

Are Cold Sores Hereditary

Cold sores can flare up for many reasons. Some common causes include extremely cold temperatures, UV rays from sunlight, or stress. But, some people seem to experience outbreaks far more than others. Is it just a coincidence, or are cold sores hereditary? No, cold sores are not passed genetically. They are caused by the herpes […]

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