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Bay County, Fla. -

Dr. Hatem Mourad from Coastal Urgent Care and Family Medicine says cold sores are going around.

Dr. Mourad says cold sores are caused by the "herpes simplex virus".  He says the first time a person gets a cold sore,  a "painful blister" will form on the lips, mouth, nose or throat.  These blisters eventually pop and form scabs. 

Other symptoms include:

  • Mouth and throat pain
  • Swelling in the neck
  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Feeling ill

Dr. Mourad says symptoms can last up to two weeks.  After the first time a person gets a cold sore, the symptoms are milder.

Treatment can include:

  • Antiviral medicines
  • Pain relieving pills and gels 

To prevent cold sores, Dr. Mourad recommends the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who have cold sores.
  • Do not kiss anyone with a cold sore.
  • Do not share utensils, glasses, towels, lip balm or razors.