Fever blisters, cold sores, and herpes simplex virus type 1 are all interchangeable names for nasal herpes. They are usually blisters that are filled with clear liquid. Unfortunately, nasal herpes can also lead to deeper wounds in the nasal area, particularly if they become infected.
There are two types of nasal herpes infections – primary infections and recurrent infections. Although the majority of individuals become infected when they are exposed to the herpes virus, only about ten percent will develop an actual sore. For a primary infection, the sores first appear two to 20 days after the individual has contacts the infected person. In addition, the primary infection sores will last anywhere from a week to ten days. Once the primary infection sores heal, there is not likely to be a scar; but, the virus never leaves the body.
Recurrent infections are usually not as severe as the primary infection. A recurrence may happen in the exact same place or in a nearby location. Unfortunately, the recurrent infections can occur every couple weeks or they may be months apart. Usually, recurrent infections are set off by other factors, such as sun, stress, fever, or trauma; or they may occur for no reason at all.
Nasal herpes are usually received from close contact with other people. They are easy to catch and easy to spread. They can be transmitted from sharing a bath towel, face cloth, or even eating after other people. Many people get their first bout of nasal herpes when they are children and then suffer from recurrent infections for years to come. They can be treated with anti-viral drugs and there are a variety of over-the-counter medicines that can help ease the symptoms.
Nasal Herpes MedicationUnfortunately, there is no cure available for nasal herpes or any other herpes for that matter, but the good news is that it's quite treatable. Oral and topical medications are available to treat facial herpes, either over the counter or in stronger doses by prescription. Applying these medications carefully and quickly can heal the outbreak and ease symptoms.
There are several over-the-counter and prescription medications available to treat the symptoms of nasal herpes. Abreva, Denavir, and Valtrex are some of the most popular and effective antiviral drugs on the market to treat herpes. There are also drugs and ointments available that can sooth the uncomfortable symptoms of a herpes outbreak. Aspirin, camphophenique, and blister lip ointment can all help to stop or minimize itchiness and swelling associated with herpes.