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COLD SORES AND MEN

Cold sores are red, itchy and sometimes painful fever blisters that occur around the lips.  They are an outbreak of a virus that never goes away and is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS when active.

     Cold sores can be brought on by stress and even exposure to ultraviolet light.

     Since they are HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS they can be transmitted to a new site on the body or to another person.  This occurs through contact with any part of the body where the virus finds a way the penetrate the skin.

 Shaving and kissing are some of the ways that  transfer the virus to others.

     For this reason men with cold sores need to be very careful when shaving.  The virus from a nicked sore can be transmitted to the razor and infect another part of the face through another cut.  Also if a man shares his razor with another he can also be passing this virus on to that person.

     To prevent spreading this virus through a razor we recommend you use a disposable razor during an outbreak and discard the blade after one use.

    Direct lip to lip contact, kissing, can also transfer the virus as can sharing a glass.

    Remember to keep this infected area clean and try treating it with aloe vera.  Also use a lip balm that contains sunscreen and aloe along with reducing stress in your life.

Source: Dental Notes by A.G.D. Winter 2000

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