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Cold sores are a very common illness caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

The disorder is characterised by groups of fluid-filled blisters which appear on red swollen areas of the skin or on the mucous membranes. The areas can be tender and painful. The blisters heal without scarring but have a tendency to recur.

What can be done to prevent cold sores?

  • Avoid direct contact with the sores. These can appear on every part of the body, including the fingers and genitals.
  • Wash your hands after touching the lips.
  • Avoid picking at the sores as this can spread the virus to other parts of the body or result in a bacterial infection of the sores.
  • The body's defences can be strengthened by a healthy lifestyle. Eat a varied diet, exercise regularly and get enough sleep.
  • The factors which trigger outbreaks differ from person to person.
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