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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Cold Sores?

Cold sores are inflamed blisters in or around the mouth caused by the Herpes simplex virus. They can be painful and are contagious.

What Causes Cold Sores?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, it can be contracted from contact with someone who has the virus either by kissing, sexual contact or sharing utensils such as cutlery or towels.

How Can I Prevent Cold Sores?

Once you have a cold sore you will likely have more, but they can be easily treated with creams as well as tablets for more severe cases.

What Are The Symptoms Of Cold Sores?

Small, painful blisters in or around the mouth and lips. This differs from genital herpes which causes painful blisters around the genitals.

What Medication/Treatment Can I Use To Treat Cold Sores?

There are both medications and creams that can be used to treat cold sores. Speak to one of our e-Surgery pharmacists to find the best treatment for you.

Are There Any Side Effects To Cold Sores Treatment?

As with all medication there is a possibility of side effects. You can find a full list of possible cold sore treatment side effects in the patient information leaflet that comes with the medication or use e-Surgery’s Ask a Pharmacist service to find out more.

Do I Need A Prescription To Get Cold Sore Treatment?

Some cold sore treatment does require a prescription, at e-Surgery our UK based prescribers can provide you with a private prescription online for your cold sore treatment.

How Will My Cold Sore Treatment Be Delivered?

Your cold sore treatment will be sent from our UK based private pharmacy and sent via the Royal Mail to a delivery location of your choice in plain, discreet packaging.

Are Cold Sores And Herpes The Same Thing?

Cold sores are typically brought on by the HSV-1 virus, which is communicated through contact with saliva, whereas the herpes virus is spread through sexual contact. You can buy cold sore treatment online which can help you recover quicker.

Are Cold Sores Contagious?

Yes, cold sores are highly contagious. The HSV-1 virus is contagious no matter if you’re physically showing the signs of a cold sore. It’s important to avoid contact with anyone while you have the virus and get treated as soon as possible. You can buy cold sore treatment online from pharmacies like

Can Cold Sores Get Infected?

Yes, while its uncommon, cold sores can get develop bacterial infections. Symptoms of this include pus in the blisters and redness around the blisters. If you believe your cold sores have become infected, then you should contact your GP or pharmacist straight away.

Can Cold Sores Leave Scars

Most cold sore outbreaks heal without leaving any scaring, but there is a chance that if the cold sores are extremely bad, there may be scaring left behind.

Can Cold Sores Bleed?

It’s common for cold sores to bleed during the healing process, but once healed the skin should not break or bleed anymore. If the bleeding is excessive then you should contact a medical professional. You can also buy cold sore treatment online through e-Surgery.

Why Do My Cold Sores Keep Coming Back?

Cold sores can come back if the HSV-1 virus is still dormant in your body. This means that the virus is still inside you, but you are not showing any symptoms. There can be other contributing factors, so it’s best to consult your GP or pharmacist if symptoms of the virus keep coming back.

Will Cold Sores Go Away on Their Own?

Without treatment, cold sores typically heal on their own in 7 to 10 days. You can order cold sore treatment online that when taken properly, these can lessen your symptoms and hasten the healing process.

Which Cold Sore Treatment Is the Best?

Your GP or pharmacist will prescribe you the best treatment available to them, which in most cases is Aciclovir Cream. The anti-viral cream helps to reduce the spread of the HSV-1 virus and if used in the early stages of the virus, can help heal quicker, easing the pain of the symptoms as well.

What Triggers Cold Sores?

Things that can trigger cold sores include feeling stressed, overexposure to sunlight or UV rays, a weakened immune system or having a cold or the flu. These are the common triggers for cold sores, but remember each person is different so there may be things that trigger you but not someone else.

Can Cold Sores Cause Headaches?

No, headaches are not a direct side effect of cold sores. However, they occur as a secondary symptom, which can be due to the pain and discomfort, the lack of sleep or the stress that’s been brought on by the symptoms.

Are Cold Sores An STD?

No, the HSV-1 virus is not technically an STD, but it can be transmitted through kissing or close contact with someone during sexual intercourse.

Are Cold Sores Dangerous?

Cold sores are not usually too serious if you are in good health. They should clear up if left untreated within 7 to 10 days, and sooner if treated. They can become more serious if someone who is immunocompromised develops them as they can develop more serious cases due to the weakened immune response. You can buy cold sore treatment online if you feel you have developed the condition.

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