According to Cold Sore Cures and Treatments, pimples and cold sores are different in both their appearances and their symptoms. Pimples tend to be red in color with white heads. Pimples can appear everywhere that hair follicles are present, but they cannot appear on the lip as cold sores can. Pimples are sometimes painful, but they generally do not cause the same level of physical discomfort that cold sores do.Continue Reading
Cold sores are blister-like sores, that often crack and ooze before healing within one to two weeks of emergence. In the days before developing a cold sore, the area can feel tender, sore, tingly or itchy. This tingly and itchy sensation is the clearest sign that the bump is a cold sore and not a pimple.
Cold sores are caused by the herpes-simplex virus, and therefore are very contagious. They must not be touched, because physical contact can spread the virus from one area of the body to other areas, such as the genitals and eyes. A wide range of over-the-counter remedies to heal cold sores are available at supermarkets, drug stores and pharmacies. Prescription medications are also available for individuals who suffer from chronic acne and its associated symptoms.Learn more about Skin Conditions
L-lysine may treat and prevent cold sores, states Drugs.com. Although it is not a cure for the herpes simplex virus which causes cold sores, some studies suggest that taking L-lysine can prevent or reduce the duration and intensity of cold sores.Full Answer >
Mouth ulcers and cold sores are not the same thing, according to WebMD. Cold sores are caused by a virus, says Mayo Clinic, while regular mouth ulcers can have a variety of causes.Full Answer >
Cold sores last for as few as 2.5 days if treated with Abreva when the cold sores first appear, according to the Abreva website. The site reports the median healing time for cold sores treated with Abreva as 4.1 days and recommends discontinuing use of the product after 10 days.Full Answer >
Some overnight remedies for cold sores include gently putting a wet piece of cloth on the sores, using mouth rinse with baking soda, using nonprescription ointments, taking ibuprofen and using a soft bristle toothbrush when brushing teeth. In most cases, cold sores appear on the outside of the mouth but may occasionally be experienced internally, according to the National Institutes of Health's MedlinePlus.Full Answer >