Common colds and the ‘flu’ (influenza) are viral infections affecting the nose, sinuses, throat and airways. Antibiotics do not work against these viral infections, but colds and the flu usually get better on their own. Medicines may relieve some of the uncomfortable symptoms of colds and flu.
Cold sores ARE caused by the herpes simplex virus. However, there are 2 (two) types of herpes virus; HSV-1, which typically causes infection in or around the mouth and nose, and HSV-2, which usually causes genital herpes. However, it is important to note that it is possible for both type 1 and type 2 to cause sores in the genital area.
Cold sores affect a large amount of the population, with over 75% of adults have been exposed to the virus at some time in their life.
However, only one-third of infected people experience cold sores!