Cold sores are single or clusters of sores that typically form on and around the mouth. The red or purple-coloured blisters are caused by a herpes virus and are easily treated with antiviral creams. While they might be painful and cause sensitive, blistery skin patches, cold sores form into scabs and fade after eight to ten days. Other treatments include pain relievers, supplements, herbal remedies and simply ignoring them until they decamp.
back to Natural Health Glossary