Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1

Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1)

Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1

Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 is a common viral infection. Particularly recognisable features of the cold sores herpes simplex virus type 1 are the fluid filled blisters that appear around the facial area.

Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 is highly contagious and is transmitted by the droplet infection. The droplet infection happens when infected people cough or sneeze or direct contact from an infected carrier.

Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 is fairly common in childhood through to adulthood and usually appears on and around the lips and mouth. There are few complications that come with the Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1, but when they do these complications are Eczema which may lead to hospitalisation and Conjunctivitis if the virus gets ino the eyes. In some rare cases there have been reports that Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1) can spread to the brain and cause Encephalitis. This is a fatal infection in somebody who has an Immunodeficiency Disorder or again with somebody who is taking Immunosuppressant Drugs.

Signs and symptoms

Fisrtly Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 can start off without any symptoms at all, however when there are symptoms they are

Cold sores around the lips

Cold sores herpes simplex virus type 1 appears around the lips

  • Flu-like illness
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 around the lips
  • Eczema Herpsticum
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Corneal Ulcer

Incubation Period

There is no incubation period with Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1, however the virus remains dormant in the system for months or years and then suddenly returns, and it is quite normal for the disease to recur periodically

Treatment

Consult with your Gp for a diagnosis of Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 as medication will be required to treat the symptoms.

Antiviral Drugs can be extremely helpful if you treat the Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 infection early.

Do not pick at the blisters as they are highly infectious and will spread further.

Fingers can become infected if you touch the blister and cause an ruption of the blister which is called Herpetic Whitlow. This is extremely painful.