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Attack of the Cold Sores

So you woke up this morning and you have a heinous, itchy, red thing on your lip. It looks really nasty and you're not sure where it came from. Well, it's probably just a cold sore. Yeah, I know you don't even have the sniffles, let alone a cold, but that's what those little blistery things are called.

What Are They?

Cold sores are little red blisters that appear on or around the lip. They can appear by themselves or in little bunches. Cold sores are caused by HSV-1 - it's a virus not a cable channel. It's a form of herpes, which is one of the most common viruses in the world. You'll know if you are developing a cold sore because the spot where the sore is will feel itchy and tingly. Soon after it'll turn into that nasty blister. Cold sores will usually stick around for a week or two before they dry up and go away. The bad thing is, that the virus hangs around in your body forever, so chances you'll get a cold sore more than once.

What's the Best Treatment?

If you do get a cold sore, have something cold to drink or put some ice wrapped in a cloth on it. Eating popsicles can also help the cold sore go away, but avoid drinking lemonade and orange juice because citrus drinks can irritate the sore. Your cold sore will go away eventually, so don't panic. Whatever you do, don't pick at the sore - that'll just make it stick around longer.

How Do You Prevent Them?

One of the best ways to prevent cold sores is to keep the virus as far away from you as possible. So if that cute girl or guy from your class has a cold sore, don't be kissing them. Save that make-out session until after their cold sore is gone. It's also not a good idea to share forks, spoons or napkins with someone who has a sore. You are also more likely to get a cold sore if you haven't been getting a lot of sleep, you're stressed, or you haven't been eating properly.

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What's Nastier Than a Cold Sore?

  • A big zit.
  • An ugly wart.
  • Really bad bed head.
  • A screaming headache.

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bffeaea
bffeaea posted in Friends:
I don't know you and I'm not exactly sure how you act, but being friendly is definitely the way to go. Don't change yourself for ANYBODY. Especially someone who you don't need to impress. Speaking of impressing, don't try, do. If you are telling a story and that happens to impress them than that's great! But don't go out of your way to try to make yourself look awesome because I'm sure you already are. Be yourself. But the most important thug now you can do is not try to make a million friends. Because personally I would rather have one AWESOME friend than a million ok friends. I hope this helped. :)
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HoneyHamstern
HoneyHamstern posted in Friends:
Be yourself and most important of all, be kind. You will get great friends by doing so. Being popular doesn't always mean being nice; sometimes people tend to be rude and bossy to be "popular" and that isn't good. But if you participate or even start a group at school, at the library or somewhere important in the community (community service like the Rotary Club is a good way to start for kids and teens) can be a great way to meet friends and share your happiness.
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esthery27
"f3rr3tgal" wrote:dear dish-it,        I absolutely love my family but... my dad has these headaches  where if they are really bad i can not say anything right he will get really mad. i don't know what to do i really hate being yelled at by my  dad and i love him soo much !!!! what do i do?  [s:sm3/1jvp]                                                       thanks,                                                            f3rr3tgal Tell him that you love him and you understand he's suffering but you really don't like it when he yells at you. You can write a note or a card to him. I'm sure he'll understand. And of course if needed see a doctor so that he'll know what to do to deal with those headaches.
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esthery27
esthery27 posted in Friends:
You won't want to be, it's exhausting. Just be happy the way you are and don't care about what others think or say about you.
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GiddyUpGecko
GiddyUpGecko posted in Friends:
What if you just aren't populr, and you want to be???  :(
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