CAUSES – The herpes simplex virus is the most common cause of cold sores. Genital herpes can occur if someone with colds give their partner oral sex.
TREATMENT – It is unable to cure a cold sore, but you can allivate the pain. Phenol contain numbing agents and can reduce the cracking of the skin. An anesthetic gel may be prescribed to alleviate the pain.
PREVENTION – By kissing someone who has a cold sore, your chances of catching it is very high. If you touch a cold sore, make sure that you wash your hands. You can develop genital herpes if you touch your genitals after touching your cold sore. Avoid food and vitamins that contain arginine.