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I kissed someone with a cold sore. What should I do?

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV for short) is a viral infection that can either result in oral cold sores, genital cold sores, or both. HSV can come in 2 forms, type 1 and 2. The World Health Organisation e...


How to tell cold sores from other facial and oral skin conditions

Cold sores are virus infections in the mouth area, mostly on and around the lips. They are triggered by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and they show up as blisters that initially ooze fluid and eventu...


What you need to know about cold sores

Cold sores are viral infections on your lips or in the corners of your lips that are caused by the HSV (herpes simplex virus). Cold sores appear as blisters that first ooze and later on form a crust a...


How to tell the difference between cold sores and angular cheilitis

Cold sores and angular cheilitis both affect the lips and the areas around the mouth. The symptoms can be similar though so let’s take a look at both conditions so you can tell the difference be...


Can you buy Acyclovir over the counter?

Acyclovir is an antiviral medication for the treatment and suppression of infections caused by the herpes virus. It can be applied topically or can be taken orally in the form of tablets or a liquid s...


How long does it take for Acyclovir to work?

Acyclovir (aciclovir) is an antiviral drug used to treat infections caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It is used for both herpes type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes type 2 (HSV-2) infections.   ...


Acyclovir and alcohol

Many prescription medications can cause side effects and interact with other medicines or substances. Drinking alcohol whilst taking certain drugs could heighten side effects or interfere with the eff...


Canker sore vs cold sore

It’s easy to mistake canker for cold sores. They’re both located in or around the mouth and they can look like small white blisters. But they have very different causes. Understanding what...

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