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Cold sores form on lips because of an infection by the herpes simplex virus, which gets into the body through a cut or scratch in the mouth or nearby skin, WebMD states. Contact with a cold sore or with HSV-infected flui... More »

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Minimizing the appearance and relieving the discomfort of cold sores is possible overnight - and even in shorter periods of time, according to information provided by the Huffington Post. Though sores are unlikely to van... More »

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According to How Stuff Works, it is important never to pop a cold sore, as this causes the fluid inside to be expelled, spreading the germs causing the cold sore. Allowing a cold sore to heal on its own or with the assis... More »

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Lip blisters, medically known as cold sores or fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus, according to WebMD. There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV2. Both types of this virus can cause c... More »

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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 »

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According to MedlinePlus, cold sores during pregnancy indicate the presence of the herpes virus in the mother. While congenital herpes, in which herpes is passed on to the baby in the uterus, is rare, it is possible to p... More »

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Over-the-counter cold sore treatments, such as Abreva, may facilitate healing of sores around the mouth. Ice packs and cool compresses reduce pain and itching. Prescription antiviral medications acyclovir, famciclovir, p... More »

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