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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 cold sores, genital sores, or both. HSV can come in 2 forms, type 1 and 2. The World Health Organisation estimates t...


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

Cold sores are the result of a viral infection, and occur mostly around the mouth or on the lips. They initially present as blisters that may ooze fluid and are eventually covered by a ...


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, so let’s take a look at both conditions so you can tell the difference between ...


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 potetntially interact with other medication, over-the-counter drugs or substances. Drinking alcohol while taking certain drugs can&nb...


Canker sore vs cold sore

It’s easy to mistake canker sores 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. Understandin...

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