5 causes of cold sores on your mouth

Published on: 12 February 2022, 15:30 pm IST

Cold sores near the mouth can be alarming! Read on to know more about their causes and seek medical attention.

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Stress and low immunity can lead to cold sores. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Do you tend to have blisters around the mouth or even the nose? They are known as cold sores.

These are seen when one gets infected with the herpes simplex virus. The infection is seen in children and young adults and can be present till lifetime.

What are its symptoms? Itching and a tingling sensation before the sore is seen, blisters that are painful and accompanied by tenderness and burning, are all signs. Did you know that there are certain factors that can lead to cold sores? Let us tell you about them.

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Ulcers and blisters can be troublesome. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Causes of cold sores

1. Stress:

Are you stressed emotionally or physically? Then you need to beware! Along with other health issues, stress can also aggravate the condition. Cold sores due to the herpes virus resurface under stress. When one is stressed, his/her immune system suffers. This tends to give a dormant cold sore virus a chance to replicate itself and create havoc in the form of blisters.

2. Fatigue:

Unable to do the daily chores with ease? Are you fatigued all the time? Then, you have to be careful now. Feeling tired can make you susceptible to this condition. Low energy can be taxing for the immune system, and your body will not be able to stay healthy with viruses, including the cold sore virus.

3. Chilly weather:

Did you know that that cold weather can give you a tough time. Cold weather can aggravate the cold sores problem. Fluctuating temperatures and air moisture will affect the body’s ability to keep the virus from producing blisters. The dry air and colder temperature will dry out the lips and cause the outbreak of blisters.

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Low immunity can play havoc on your health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Hormonal imbalance:

You will be shocked to know that hormonal fluctuations during menstruation can lead to these. Some women may notice these eruptions just before the periods start.

5. Low immunity:

Is your immune system weaker? Then, you may probably get cold sores. The cold sore virus tends to live inactive in one’s mouth area in nerve cells. But the immune system sees to it that the virus doesn’t replicate and causes blisters. But, if you have a cold or the flu, and the immune system is busy dealing with other infections, then you may get cold sores.

Dr Sanjiv Dang Dr Sanjiv Dang

Dr Sanjiv Dang ENT Specialist, Apollo Spectra Delhi, Karol Bagh

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