Cold sores are tiny blisters that usually appear on the upper jaw and near the lips when a person is suffering from cold or fever, or both. They may be filled with fluid for a few days before they start to leak and drain and then turn into a scab. These are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are red to look at.
HOW IS COLD SORES DIAGNOSED?
A physical examination is usually carried out by the ENT specialist or a general physician who will also check your body temperature and other signs of cold and allergy.
HOW IS COLD SORES TREATED?
Treatment of the cold sores include application of topical ointments that are known for reducing the blisters. Along with this, anti viral medicines may also be given by the doctor to help in fighting the same. The process usually takes a couple of days to heal.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cold sores are usually mild, but may cause complications in rare cases. People with weak immune systems, caused by illness or treatments such as chemotherapy, are particularly at risk of complications.