• The cold sore virus is highly contagious and most people are infected during childhood.1
  • Cold sores are most infectious in the early stages when a blister is forming.1
  • The cold sore virus spreads through contact with infected saliva or direct contact with the blister.1
  • After the first cold sore outbreak the virus lies dormant in nerve cells of the skin.1,3
  • The virus can be re-activated by certain triggers.2  LEARN MORE

Cold sores are spread by close contact with others, such as kissing – or sharing contaminated items:1,2

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Toothbrushes

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Towels or other personal items

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Utensils

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Drinking glasses or bottles

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Razors

There is no cure for cold sores, but symptoms can be effectively treated.2 LEARN MORE

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VIRASOLVE® Cold Sore Cream has a triple action formula to help relieve the symptoms of an unsightly cold sore on the lip.

1. Better Health Channel. Cold Sores Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/cold-sores (accessed 17/11/17).

2. Klein R. Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of herpes simplex virus type 1 infection. UpToDate 2017. Available at: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/clinical-manifestations-and-diagnosis-of-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-infection (accessed 17/11/17).

3. Klein R. Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of herpes simplex virus type 1 infection. UpToDate 2017. Available at: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/clinical-manifestations-and-diagnosis-of-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-infection (accessed 17/11/17).