How to kiss cold sores goodbye

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How to kiss cold sores goodbye

Carmen Fookes

 People with cold sores can infect others from the start of the tingling period until the healing of the last cold sore      iStock.com – lolostock
People with cold sores can infect others from the start of the tingling period until the healing of the last cold sore [Image: iStock.com – lolostock]

SAM IS GOING to a wedding in three days and asks you for the best product to treat cold sores. You can see she has quite a large, noticeable, crusted blister on her lower lip, which she says she has had for the past two days. They seem to recur every six months or so, and she thinks it might be because she has been a bit stressed out in her job.

Symptoms of the primary infection usually resolve within two weeks, but herpes simplex virus type 1 does not leave the body in a person’s lifetime
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