Is It a Cold Sore or Pimple

What is a Cold Sore or Pimple?

A cold sore or pimple are small red bumps which appear on your body when there is an infection. They usually develop after contact with germs such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and other organisms. These infections cause inflammation of the skin. When these bumps become infected they may start to bleed. Bleeding from a cold sore or pimple is called a “papule”. A papule may become swollen and painful. You may experience pain when you touch it. If left untreated, the bumps will continue to bleed until they burst open causing them to fall off.

Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). HSV-1 causes genital herpes, which means it affects the genitals only. Other types of herpes include cold sores, genital warts, shingles and genital herpes labialis. There are several strains of herpes.

Some strains are harmless while others can lead to severe health problems. But all types of herpes are incurable. The virus lies dormant in your nerve cells and can be reactivated later in life.

Everyone gets cold sores from time to time, but some people get them more often than others. Children get cold sores from exposure to other infected children. Once infected, the virus remains dormant until the child reaches puberty. A fever brought on by illness or stress can trigger the virus to become active, causing an outbreak of sores around the mouth.

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