Cold sores usually heal in two to four weeks without leaving a scar.Cold sores spread from person to person by close contact, such as kissing.
When cold sores recur they will typically appear in the same location that they did during previous outbreaks.This is because some people’s immune systems have the ability to completely suppress the virus.Cold sores are usually confined to the mouth area (particularly on and around the lip). Less commonly, cold sores can occur on other facial areas such as above the mouth, the nose, nostrils, cheek or chin.Genital Herpes on the other hand is usually caused by a different strain of the virus called Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2).However, it is possible to transfer the different viruses to other areas of the body. Sometimes, when you first catch cold sores, you can have ulcers inside the mouth and throat as well as, or instead of, the usual sores on the lip. A painkiller can help: aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol – always follow the instructions on the packet. In Britain, about seven in ten people have caught the virus that causes them.