Cold sores on mouth: Identifying and precautions
It can be quite annoying to have a runny nose and constant sneezing. But sometimes, the common cold can lead to some more disturbances, that are painful, contagious and not to mention unsightly. These fever blisters, known as a cold sore is quite a problem as they don’t go away quickly if left untreated and most often can spread to other regions of the body. Having a cold sore inside the mouth is quite difficult to deal with, and there is a distinctive redness along with pain making it quite an unpleasant sight and feeling. When you first begin to have cold sores, it may start off inside the mouth or throat, like ulcers rather than on other regions.
If you have cold sore in the mouth region, make sure you meet a doctor at the earliest and discuss what needs to be done to alleviate the condition. The good news is you haven’t contracted anything unique, it is condition that affects 80% of the population, so it can be treated and effectively with the right medication and care. The blisters tend to redden and may also get swollen with time. On occasion it could also break open leaking a clear fluid and then scabs over time. These blisters usually heal over a period of 14 days, but can heal faster with proper care and hygiene.
Firstly, it is important to ascertain that the blisters in your mouth are really cold sores, do talk to a dermatologist or look at images of cold sores before you decide this. Make sure you do not share any personal articles used to clean yourself like towels, bedsheets, blankets etc. Sometimes, during sleep saliva leaks out and when infected its not a good idea to sleep next to someone without the condition as it is contagious. Ensure that you do not rub or press the blisters as this can only lead to more pain and spreading of the condition. Instead rinse out the mouth and there are ointments, creams and pills to tackle the condition.
Often children may drool before getting these cold sores, parents with cold sores should be careful not to pass on the infection to the children. Not all people who have the virus however get cold sores, some may simply be carriers of the virus and can pass it on to others but do not get the painful, unsightly symptoms that accompany the condition. You should wash your hands frequently if you have a cold sore in the mouth as it is important to maintain hygiene always. Avoid sharing fluids through methods like kissing and also use separate utensils, drinking cups etc. Stress, colds and the flu can be a trigger for cold sores, you can identify what is the most crucial factor in causing yours as you pay attention to when your outbreaks occur. Razor, toothbrush, and other personal articles should never be shared if you have this. Also avoid too much sunlight, use lip balm and make sure you stay out of the sun or stay protected so that cold sores don’t flare up badly.