Signs and symptoms of cold sores
These generally red sores can be painful, but usually clear up without any treatment within 10 days. They are most often caused by a strain of the herpes simplex virus known as HSV-1, in rare cases they can also be caused by the HSV-2 strain.
The virus is common and highly contagious the virus is transmitted via contact with an infected person and once you have the virus, it can stay in the body for many years, although it will remain dormant most of the time.
This condition affects the genital areas and is a sexually transmitted infection, which is passed through sexual contact with an infected person. It also results from the herpes simplex virus and it can be caused by the strains HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both strains are very contagious. If you have symptoms you should see a herpes doctor in London and get treatment before having intimate contact with another person.
Symptoms can last for up to 20 days after the initial infection. The main symptom of genital herpes is sores and blisters that develop in the genital areas and additional symptoms include vaginal discharge, blisters on the cervix, generally feeling unwell, fever and pain when you urinate. Once you have the virus, it will remain in the body for a long time and you may suffer recurrent bouts of the infection.
What can be done?
If you have the condition for the first time, you should see your doctor as soon as possible and it is likely that they will prescribe you a course of anti-viral medication, which will help to prevent the virus from multiplying. If you have recurrent bouts and your symptoms are severe, you may be prescribed an intensive course of anti-viral tablets.
For those who have a cold sore, there is usually no need for treatment and the sore will heal within 7-10 days. However, you are able to use anti-viral cream to ease symptoms and reduce recovery time. Cold sore treatments are widely available and most do not require a prescription.