Bump on lip: Have you heard of a skin condition that is much worse than acne? What do you do in that instance? Well, you could see the doctor, but if you have a bump on the lip, online research may be a cheaper and equally effective alternative.
What is Cold Sore?
At best cold sores are uncomfortable and at worst, they are very painful. Like a pimple, a cold sore (bump on lip) is a very annoying skin condition.
“Ok so now that you have told me this, please explain what cold sores are, how I can keep from getting them, and how I get rid of them once I get them!” this section will define and explain what cold sores are and the other two sections will offer information regarding preventing and treating them.
If you read any medical literature, either on or offline, you will be greeted with a definition similar to this, ‘cold sores are small sores or blistery lesions which tend to appear on the lips.
These sores are generally painful and last for a few days before drying out, crusting over, and falling off. Cold sores are sometimes referred to as fever blisters.’
The herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) are the main culprits behind these sores. You should know that having herpes will substantially increase your likelihood of getting either version of the herpes virus and developing cold sores.
A scary fact to remember in regards to herpes: approximately 80% of American adults have herpes. What makes this worse is that many of these people have no idea they have herpes. It is a combination of this fact and ignorance which has caused the herpes virus and the cold sores they cause to spread.
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Some Key Facts About Cold Sores to Know:
What Causes These Pesky Sores?
“I am glad to finally know what cold sores are and that the herpes virus causes them. However, I am certain that there is more to their cause than just herpes viruses. Please tell me about all of the causes of cold sores!” Certainly, the following factors can cause cold sores to appear:
- The herpes simplex 1 and 2 viruses
- Hand, foot, and mouth disease
- Oral thrush
- Allergic reactions
1. Herpes simplex 1 and 2 viruses:
Their definition and relationship to bump on lip have been thoroughly explained in the previous section.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a virus. When a person gets infected by this virus, he or she can develop cold sores, especially on the lips and around the mouth. You know if you have a hand, foot, and mouth disease (and cold sores) if you experience one or more of the following:
- Appetite loss
- Sore throat and mouth
- Constantly feeling sick
- Red spots inside the mouth morph into painful sores
- Rashes on the fingers, genital areas, hand, soles, and butt
The hand, foot, and mouth disease are extremely contagious though rare. Most people who get this disease are young children under five years old. If left untreated, the virus tends to disappear after 7-10 days.
You get syphilis when you contract a particular bacterial infection from unsafe sex. They often initially manifest themselves as red painless sores on the genital areas, but, on the lips, and inside of the mouth. Because symptoms are mild and often silent, most infected people are unaware that they have the disease. It can be treated with antibiotics. In rare cases, syphilis can cause severe and life-threatening complications.
3. Oral thrush
Also called oral candidiasis, this disease is caused by a yeast called Candida. Candida is produced by the mouth in small quantities. Excess quantities of yeast can trigger health problems which can be serious! You know you have oral thrush if you experience one or more of the following:
- White areas on the tongue, throat, and interior of the mouth
- Corners of the mouth which are red and cracking
- Taste loss or strange oral sensations
- Redness or soreness
- Painful eating and swallowing
Oral thrush is contagious and people with compromised immune systems are at the greatest risk of developing it. You can easily treat this disease with over-the-counter anti-fungal medicines.
4. Allergic reactions
If you are allergic to certain things like pollen, pet dander, and certain foods, you can get allergic reactions which can cause cold sores to develop. If you get an allergic reaction, you will experience temporary lip swelling
How do You Treat Cold Sores?
Now that you know what cold sores are and what causes them, how do you get rid of them? Many simple home remedies exist which can easily treat cold sores. They are:
- Washing your face strictly with warm water until the cold sores disappear. You can then clean your face with a liquid cleanser that doesn’t have soap.
- Drying your face with a clean towel by patting it dry
- Eating healthy and consuming foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals.
Now That You Know
Now that you know more about that annoying bump on the lip, you may never have to worry about developing cold sores, to begin with!