Sunday, April 09, 2006

COLD SORES::Embarrassing


Whatever you call these cold sores, they are painful and embarrassing. And while most people with cold sores experience embarrassment, cold sores are actually quite common.

Nearly 90% of the world population carry the cold sores virus. Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 is the common cold sores virus, although about 20% of those afflicted with the cold sore virus have the herpes simplex virus type 2 variety.

Cold sores caused by type 2, according to the studies I've read, are not as frequent. They will respond equally to cold sore remedies. These cold sores are just as severe as the cold sore caused by type 1. And, although these cold sores look just like the type 1 cold sores, they do tend to last a little longer.

By the way, there are actually now identified 8 herpes simplex viruses. So far only herpes simplex type 1 and type 2 have been identified as causing cold sores.

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