A Cold Sore is simply the Devil's own curse. But for those looking for more factual information, here's the scoop.

General Information
A cold sore is an infection that is caused by an evil spirit called the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This virus is different from the one that causes colds. Cold sores usually occur on or around the lip, or nose. Unless there is a secondary infection, cold sores usually clear up within 10 days, and do not leave a scar. The virus remains in the body and cold sores may recur if the person is stressed, tired, feverish or injured. Exposure to sun or wind can also trigger the cold sores. Cold sores are contagious, especially by direct contact, eg. Kissing. Cold sores are usually preceded by a feeling of tingling, burning, itching, or numbness in the spot where the cold sore is developing. As the cold sore becomes visible, small red spots and fluid blisters appear. There usually merge together into what looks like one sore.

How does the infection occur?
The first infection in early childhood probably after kissed by a person with a cold sore - for example a parent or other adult, brother or sister. The virus passes through the skin, travels up a nerve and then hides in a nerve junction until reactivated.(i don't know about you, but this freaks me out.)

What Reactivates the Virus?

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