If you kissed someone with a cold sore, it’s important to take steps to prevent getting sick yourself.
What is a cold sore?
A cold sore is a small, painful blister that forms on the lips or around the mouth. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). HSV-1 is a very common virus, and most people are exposed to it at some point in their lives. However, not everyone who is exposed to HSV-1 will develop cold sores.
How does HSV-1 spread?
HSV-1 is spread through contact with the fluid from a cold sore. This can happen through kissing, sharing utensils, or touching a cold sore and then touching your own eyes, mouth, or nose.
Symptoms of HSV-1
The first symptom of HSV-1 is usually a tingling or burning sensation on the lips or around the mouth. This is followed by the formation of a small, red blister. The blister will eventually break open and form a sore. The sore will usually heal within 7 to 10 days.
Preventing the spread of HSV-1
There is no cure for HSV-1, but there are things you can do to prevent the spread of the virus:
- Avoid kissing someone with a cold sore.
- Avoid sharing utensils or other personal items with someone who has a cold sore.
- If you have a cold sore, wash your hands frequently to avoid spreading the virus to others.
- Avoid touching your cold sore and then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
What to do if you think you have been exposed to HSV-1
If you think you have been exposed to HSV-1, it’s important to see a doctor. They can test you for the virus and prescribe antiviral medication if necessary. Antiviral medication can help to shorten the duration of a cold sore outbreak and make the symptoms less severe.
If you kissed someone with a cold sore, it’s important to take steps to prevent getting sick yourself. Avoid kissing someone with a cold sore, avoid sharing utensils or other personal items with someone who has a cold sore, and wash your hands frequently. If you think you have been exposed to HSV-1, see a doctor.
- Boost your immune system: Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep can help to boost your immune system and make you less susceptible to HSV-1 infection.
- Use a lip balm with SPF: Using a lip balm with SPF 30 or higher can help to protect your lips from the sun, which can trigger a cold sore outbreak.
- Avoid stress: Stress can also trigger a cold sore outbreak. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercise, relaxation techniques, or spending time with loved ones.
If you have any concerns about HSV-1 or cold sores, please talk to your doctor.