These places are the most common, but sores can appear anywhere on the body, including the genital area. HSV-1 is very common — if you have it, chances are you picked it up when you were a kid.
Most people who are infected with the herpes simplex virus got it during their preschool years, most likely from close contact with someone who has it or getting kissed by an adult with the virus.
He didn't pay much attention to it then, but now there was a certain throbbing something on his lip and it wasn't pretty.
For people with any of these conditions, an infection triggered by a cold sore can actually be life threatening. Cold sores normally go away on their own within 7 to 10 days.
And although no medications can make the infection go away, prescription drugs and creams are available that can shorten the length of the outbreak and make the cold sore less painful.
Even if there are no visible lesions, herpes can be spread through a process known as shedding.
During shedding, the herpes virus is active on the skin, usually where the person has had symptoms before.
The virus moves in here, takes a long snooze, and every now and then decides to wake up and cause a cold sore.