Photos of Cold Sores on the Face

Cold sores on your face are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1, also know as HSV1. Cold sores on the lips can be spread to the face by the hands so it is always recommended that you do not touch cold sores in order to avoid contaminating other areas.

Crusted cold sore on the chin


Cold sore scabs on a young childs cheek

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Cold sores are highly contagious so there are a few precautions to take to avoid spreading the viral infection to other parts of the body or to anyone else.


  • Try not to touch the cold sore as you could spread the virus to your hands and other parts of your body.

  • Keep your hands clean and if contact is made wash immediately with soap and water.

  • During an outbreak, avoid kissing or any other type of skin contact including oral sex with others.

  • Don’t share utensils including cups, spoons, towels, or razors when you have blisters.

  • It is especially important to avoid kissing or hugging babies, children or people with lowered immune systems.

  • If your child has a cold sore it is important for you to teach them good hygiene practices, if they are unable to do so it may be best to avoid sending them to day care or school until the blister is present and contagious.

Unfortunately there is no cure for cold sores, but there is an effective cold sore treatment available that can speed healing and reduce severity of symptoms quickly and easily.

Cold sores on the face can really effect a person self esteem. They are general caused by the same triggers that cause cold sore elsewhere, trigger like poor diet, lowered immune system functionality, stress and exposure to sun and cold. So being mindful of these triggers will help reduce the amount of breakouts that occur.

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