Ask anyone who gets cold sores and they'll tell you how unpleasant these little sores and blisters can be. Cold sores, which usually appear on your lips or the skin around your mouth, are also known as oral herpes and are caused by the herpes simplex virus HSV. This virus is also responsible for blisters and sores in the genital area, known as genital herpes. Unfortunately, the short answer is yes, according to sexual health physician Terri Foran. To understand why — the first thing you need to know is that there are two types of HSV.
Cold sores, often called fever blisters, are clustered, small, fluid-filled blisters. You may feel a tingling on your lip before a small, hard, painful spot appears top. In a day or two, blisters form, which later break and ooze bottom. Healing usually occurs in two to three weeks without scarring. Cold sores — also called fever blisters — are a common viral infection. They are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips.
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Cold sores are small, fluid-filled blisters that usually appear on or around the lips and mouth. They can appear on their own or in small clusters. In most cases, the blisters will break, creating a scab that eventually falls off. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 HSV HSV-1 is very contagious.