Shingles is also caused by the herpes virus (herpes zoster), but has slightly different symptoms and methods of transmission.
More about fever blisters and cold sores: HSV-1typically affects the mouth and facial areas, although it can be transmitted to the genital area through oral-genital sex.
Dear Sores, Fever blisters, or what is more commonly referred to as cold sores, can occur around a person's mouth, or on one's lips and face.
Colds sores are commonly caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV-1).
Herpes simplex two (HSV-2) most commonly affects the genital area, but may also cause blisters on the mouth.
The virus can be transmitted through direct contact with a lesion, through contact with fluid from a lesion, and through contact with the virus even when no symptoms are present in the infected person.
The first outbreak is usually the worst and lasts the longest.
Often HSV-1 may be reactivated because of circumstances such as extensive sun exposure, elevated stress, fever, and hormone fluctuations.
It’s also a good idea to make sure wash your hands frequently if you have to touch your cold sore, so that you don’t accidently transmit the virus to another part of your body, such as the eyes or genitals.
Some additional over-the-counter medications may alleviate pain, burning, and itching.
Because active cold sores are very contagious, it is recommended that contact with others, such as kissing or sharing cups or utensils, (that come in contact with the cold sore) be limited.
There is no cure for HSV-1 (or HSV-2), but cold sores typically resolve on their own in about two weeks.