What Are Cold Sores?

Are Cold Sores really Herpes?  Often referred to by the more socially acceptable terms ‘Cold Sores’, or ‘Fever Blisters’, the eruptions that occur in and around the oral / facial area are the result of the action of the Herpes simplex virus Type 1 (HSV-1).  As the HSV-1 virus is primarily transmitted through direct contact, kissing and sexual activity, for decades, “having Herpes” was considered a sign of promiscuous sexual behavior, and more socially friendly terms, like ‘Cold Sores’, were coined.

But the cold facts are that ‘Cold Sores’ and ‘Fever Blisters’ are indeed outbreaks caused by the Herpes virus.

And it’s nothing to be ashamed of.  In fact, the Herpes virus is in reality primarily transmitted as much by ‘Viral Shedding’ as it is by direct sexual contact.  Almost half of people infected with the Herpes virus don’t even know it, as they may never have experienced a visible outbreak, or didn’t know that certain symptoms were those of Herpes.  If you’ve ever had a Cold Sore, you have the HSV-1 virus in your system.

While there is NO CURE for the Herpes virus, and it stays in your system for your entire life, taking care to avoid outbreak triggers, and learning about the many viable options that may help to reduce the symptoms, frequency, severity and length of any outbreaks you may experience are important steps to better health.

Another variant of the Herpes virus is Herpes simplex Type 2 (HSV-2), which is also referred to as ‘genital Herpes’, as it primarily affects the genital region of your body. HSV-2 is primarily transmitted through sexual contact and is highly contagious, both during outbreaks and when there are no visible symptoms.

Other than the specific area of the body affected, both HSV-1 and HSV-2 function in very similar ways, result in very similar symptoms, are triggered by similar events, and may be reduced in frequency and severity by a number of prescription and non-prescription treatments and immune system supporting supplements.

In today’s world of sexual freedom, it is becoming common for HSV-1 infections to also infect the genital areas due to transmission through oral-genital contact and oral sex. Either variety (HSV-1 or HSV-2) can infect either the facial and oral region or the genitals and surrounding skin.

If you have experienced Cold Sore or Herpes outbreaks, have been diagnosed by a medical professional, or know you have been infected with a Herpes virus you need to know you are not alone.

Herpes is one of the most common virus infections in the world, and one of the fastest spreading viruses known. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that nearly two-thirds of the world’s population is infected with the Herpes virus.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek professional medical attention for any rashes, blisters or outbreaks you may be experiencing. The information on this website is not intended as medical advice or to replace the advice of a qualified medical professional.