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Why do we get cold soars?
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In brief: It is a virus recurs
Cold sores are a type of herpes virus that recurs after sun exposure or stress.
Current oral and topical antivirals are very effective if used at the first sign of tingling or burning.

In brief: It is a virus recurs
Cold sores are a type of herpes virus that recurs after sun exposure or stress.
Current oral and topical antivirals are very effective if used at the first sign of tingling or burning.
Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Virus
Cold sores are caused by one of the herpesvirus family, which includes herpes simplex 1 which causes cold sores, herpes simplex 2 which causes genital herpes, and varicella zoster virus which causes chicken pox.
The virus is contracted by direct contact with someone infected, lives in the nerve body, and when the immune system is down (eg. When you have a cold), causes cold sores.

In brief: Virus
Cold sores are caused by one of the herpesvirus family, which includes herpes simplex 1 which causes cold sores, herpes simplex 2 which causes genital herpes, and varicella zoster virus which causes chicken pox.
The virus is contracted by direct contact with someone infected, lives in the nerve body, and when the immune system is down (eg. When you have a cold), causes cold sores.
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