Lip sores are often referred to as cold sores or fever blisters and are a result of the herpes simplex type 1 virus. There are two types of herpes simplex virus. The first is herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), which can cause cold sores on or around the mouth in most cases and around the upper lip/nose area if you pop them and the fluid reaches these areas, very painful! A person who has the second type of herpes virus (HSV2) may primarily experience genital herpes. Herpes simplex type 2 is a sexually transmitted disease that results in painful blisters in the genital area.
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Explained
Herpes simplex virus type 1 is among the most common viruses known to medical science. It has been suggested that those susceptible to lip sores (cold sores) are likely experiencing a weakened immune system as a result of illness. These sores typically appear as fluid filled pustules in and around the lips and surrounding mouth tissue. The life of a lip sore (cold sore) ranges from 10 – 14 days. It should be noted that there is not a cure for cold sores but there is much that can be done to ease the discomfort of the condition while waiting for nature to take its course.
There are several treatment options available to cold sore sufferers including prescription medications and over the counter (OTC) topical treatments. Many people with cold sores seek natural treatments in order to avoid having to use prescriptive and over-the-counter drugs that may have unpleasant side effects.