Articles on: Cold Sores

What happens if I do not seek treatment for cold sores?

Cold Sores will typically go away on their own within 7 to 10 days. However, during this time, they can be painful, uncomfortable, and unsightly. Cold sores can also be contagious, so it's important to take precautions to prevent spreading the virus to others.

In some cases, cold sores can cause complications. For example, if the virus spreads to your eyes, it can cause a condition called herpes keratitis, which can lead to eye damage or vision loss. Cold sores can also cause bacterial infections if the sores become cracked and infected.

In rare cases, people with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV/AIDS or undergoing chemotherapy, may develop severe or prolonged outbreaks of cold sores that require medical treatment.

Overall, while cold sores can be unpleasant and uncomfortable, they are usually not serious and will go away on their own.

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Updated on: 05/05/2023

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