Why Do We Get Nose Sores?

By on August 5th, 2017

It is believed that a staggering 30% of Americans suffer from the common cold sore, sometimes known as a fever blister. The cold sore is the most commonplace form of the herpes simplex virus type 1 or HSV1 which is the cause of all such infections above waist level.

This is quite different from Herpes simplex virus type 2 which causes infections below the waist. So highly contagious is the HSV1 virus that as many as 8 in 10 people in the world are thought to suffer from it. Typically, the first experience of the virus is more painful and protracted than any subsequent outbreaks.

Stories abound of initial outbreaks of the virus which cause painful and unsightly sores in and around the mouth, on the gums and tongue and on occasion, even as sores in nose. The medical diagnosis for this is to suffer from gingivostomatitis. For many, the initial infection will be early in life, in fact, as young as 6 months to 3 years of age. Children get pain, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and may have difficulty swallowing. Although in time the symptoms will resolve themselves naturally, you can expect your child to suffer for a week or so in relative discomfort. A child in extreme discomfort because of gingivostomatitis may have difficulty swallowing fluids and you should be very awake to the possibility of your child becoming dehydrated. Water-based popsicles are sometimes used to provide hydration and pain relief.

When you have been exposed to HSV1 the virus lies dormant in cells in the body and can be activated at any time but particularly at times of stress or when you are run down. The virus can also rear its head again in times of fever or when one has been overly exposed to the sun or even on occasions, during menstruation in women. When the return of the virus is triggered by such events you will once again suffer from cold sores. Although occasionally manifesting as nose cold sores, fever blisters most often occur around the mouth and lips. Lasting for up to a week in some circumstances, cold sores form ugly red ulcers on the mouth, often breaking open and secreting a puss type fluid before crusting over. The most severe pain is usually experienced within the first 6-8 hours of an outbreak of the virus. As we have observed, the virus reoccurs and it is common for sufferers to get outbreaks twice a year and in some unusual cases, more repetitively than this.

Sufferers usually know when they are due an outbreak because they suffer the same symptoms each time. An outbreak of cold sores is usually preceded by feelings of tingling or burning lips causing great discomfort which can often be very painful. If they spread to the face and nose and become nose sores they are excruciatingly painful. It is not uncommon for this stage prior to the outbreak itself to endure for as long as two days although some report as short a time as two hours before the cold sores appear.

Although not life threatening, cold sores and nose cold sores are one of the most highly contagious infections known to man and are easily spread by saliva or other direct contact.

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