Cold sores are mainly caused by the herpes simplex virus, or HSV, particularly the HSV-1 strain, states Mayo Clinic. Although rarely, another type of this virus known as HSV-2 also causes cold sores. More » Health Conditions & Diseases

A cold sore is a very small blister that is filled with fluid and is caused by a viral infection, according to Mayo Clinic. It is also known as a fever blister. Cold sores are known to appear in groups, and it is common ... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Skin Conditions

Salt helps heal cold sores by acting as an antiseptic and drying out the sores, according to New Health Guide. Both sea salt and table salt can be used on cold sores to achieve this effect. More » Health Conditions & Diseases Skin Conditions
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