There are some uncomfortable sensations come up with cold sore. Itching before the cold sore crusts over and before it bursts, burning sensation, and pain are some of the unpleasent sensations people often experience when they are suffering from the disease.
The worse is that the disease often occurs on lip that makes it difficult for you to cover it from people’s eyes. Though the disease can appear on the other parts of human body, but this article will discuss everything you need to know about cold sore on lip treatment in particular.
Causes of Cold Sores
Before we talk further about cold sores causes, it will be better if we find out the definition of them first and how they look like. Cold sores are sometimes also called as fever blisters and usually come in small sizes.
They sometimes appear in the form of blister – like lesions. They can appear in some parts of human body, include lips, inside the nostrils, cheek, and chin. The disease can also appear on the root or gum of the mouth though it is quite rare.
They can cause burning sensation around the infected area, pain, and itching. There are many things that can be the causes of cold sores. The most common reason why people suffer from this disease is because the infection by herpes simplex type 1 (HSV – 1) and herpes simplex type 2 (HSV – 2) viruses.
Reports says that there are about 50 up to 80% people in United States that are indicated to be infected by herpes virus. This makes the people prone to suffer from cold sores. Medical experts believe that HSV – 1 and HSV – 2 are kind of highly contagious viruses.
People can be infected by the viruses through close contact. Actually, the viruses will keep inactive for some times after they enter the human body. They will turn active if there is a trigger. The active HSV – 1 and HSV – 2 will lead the cold sores to develop in human body.
Some people may experience single outbreak of cold sores each year while some other will experience more than one outbreak depends on their immune system. But there are some people who will never experience the cold sores at all even after they have infected by HSV – 1 and HSV – 2 viruses. This is because the viruses keep dormant in their body.
Symptoms of Cold Sore on Lip
Most people will not realize that they are infected by herpes complex viruses. They will just realize it after the cold sore appears. Severe symptoms might come up after the disease appears for the first time.
Children are those who really prone to experience the severe symptom since their immune system has not developed well. Though mostly there are no signs detected to show that somebody is infected by herpes simplex, but there are some symptoms might come up, include: mouth pain, lip swelling, headache, dehydration, high body temperature, difficulties to swallow, swollen glands, blisters, lesions, and ulcers appear around mouth.
The symptoms usually will not recur and will disappear after 1 up to 2 weeks. But the disease will grow in some stages if it recurs. You will experience burning sensation around your lip when the cold sore recurs.
You will also feel itching and tingling when the symptoms comeback and it is usually considered as a sign that the cold sore outbreak begins. Furthermore, you will find fluid – filled sores around your lower lips.
How to Treat Cold Sore on Lip
The good news about this cold sore medicine is that you will not need to do anything to cure it since it will disappear within one or two weeks. But if you think you can’t stand with the outbreak and wish to shorten the duration, you can try to use ointments or antiviral medications. The treatment can also help you to reduce the pain. Here are some things you can use for cold sore on lip treatment.
Antiviral creams are the most common treatment taken to relieve the pain caused by the outbreak. The cold sore cream also function to help you shorten the infection duration. Most creams used for cold sore on lip treatment usually contain pencyclovir and acyclovir substances, for example Soothelip and Zovirax. The creams usually need five times of usage daily for about 4 or 5 days to get effective result of treatment.
2. Oral Antiviral Medications
There are some oral antiviral medications used to treat cold sore on lip include acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir. You will get best result of the medications if you use them on your lip with sore cold just soon after the signs come up for the first time. They will not only shorten the infection’s duration but they can even stop the outbreak if you apply them on your lip soon.