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Cold Sores - The cold sore virus is highly contagious.
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It's nice that they usually warn you before popping up. But those tiny tingles and trifling throbs don't make it any easier to wake up with cold sores. If you've ever had cold sores on lips, you know what a menace they can be. And let's be honest, they don't look great (in fact, they're kind of gross). Plus, they hurt. To top it off, cold sores, contagious little buggers that they are, spread easily if you share utensils, straws, towels, lipstick and other objects that come in to contact with your lips. So avoid cold sore catastrophes by washing your hands often and finding some other way to express "sharing is caring" — at least until your cold sores are gone. Be sure to check out some cold sore treatment while you're at it. Although cold sores can't be cured, some prescription medications may help reduce the amount and severity of outbreaks. Keep reading for more cold sore clues!

Cold Sores FAQs

Q: Are cold sores curable?
A: Cold sores
are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which means there is no cure. However, there are many cold sore treatments to help minimize outbreaks or shorten their duration or minimize the pain of cold sore blisters.

Q: Are cold sores the same as canker sores?
A: It's common to mistake cold sores on lips for canker sores and vice versa. Truth is cold sores are different: They appear on the lips and face and are caused by a virus whereas canker sores appear on the inside of the mouth and are not associated with a virus. And unlike cold sores, canker sores are temporary and neither permanent nor contagious.

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