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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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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 »

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Herpes simplex virus or cold sores cannot be cured; however, pain relief can be achieved by avoiding acidic foods, applying ice and using over-the-counter medications, reports WebMD. Abreva is an OTC topical medicine tha... 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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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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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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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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