Dentist Questions Cold Sores

What causes cold sores in a person?

My mother has been getting a lot of cold sores around her lips. What could be causing this?

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Cold sores are a secondary activation of the herpes virus that is resident in the tissue. It can be brought on by trauma to the lip, or by emotional stress, or a general medical illness. Outbreaks are more common in people who are immune-compromised or elderly.
Some of the viral infections look like cold sores. Any lesion lasts more than two weeks should be evaluated by medical professional.
Could be fungal or viral
Dear patient,

Your mom's immune system is slowing done and needs to be improved. Talk to your PCP.
Cold sores are a type of herpes simplex virus and will disappear for a while, but cannot be cured at this moment in time. The virus is highly contagious and can be passed from person to person through direct contact or sharing items, such as Chapstick or eating utensils, that have come in contact with the infected site.
Cold sores are a viral infection. Once the herpes virus has been contracted it will remain in the individual. It will go into a resting/dormant state and periodically manifest itself. Stress, trauma, or other factors may cause a recurrence of the cold sores.
Cold sores are called see by Herpes Simplex Virus I. It is spread by kissing an infected person. Once infected you remain infected in the nerves supplying the lips for life. The lip cold sores can recur throughout life.
Cold sores are caused by a virus called Herpes Simplex. In the old days it was called the "kissing disease" because a parent with an ulcer would kiss a child and transfer the virus. The virus then becomes part of the nucleus of the skin cell, and when the cell divides, it also replicates the virus. Acyclovir is a medication designed to treat these infections.
Stress can cause sores; viral infection of the mouth can cause sores
Cold sores are caused by a Herpetic virus that is always in the tissue. There are several factors that activates the expression of the virus such as trauma, stress, and or being immune suppressed as when you have a cold.
Cold sores are a common viral infection. They are caused by a herpes simplex virus. They can spread from person to person by close contact, such as kissing. Antiviral medications can help cold sores heal quickly.
Many times cold sores, especially recurrent ones, are from a virus: Herpes. Many times it appears as a clear “vesicle” lesion, or rather a clear elevated "bubble-looking" sore. It usually runs its course and is gone in two weeks.

A cold sore is actually a virus. It’s in the Herpes family. It’s usually Type 1 herpes, which is not the sexually transmitted type, 2. Stressful situations can trigger a flare. Lack of sleep, poor eating habits, and emotional stress, are common triggers
Herpes simplex virus 1. Very common. 

Brant Mozo, DDS