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Will they soon find a cure for cold sores? are they working on it? when will they find one?

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Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
No absolute cure...: Cold sores are caused by labial herpes virus which is also called type 1 herpes simplex virus( genital is type 2). This virus hides in nerve terminals so to say and when there is some type of stress it may show up again. It can be treated at the moment it appears with medication that encourages the virus to leave the area but it will not "kill"'it or avoid it from hiding in the nerves again.

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