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  • Cold sores are blisters around the mouth and nose, caused by the herpes simplex virus.
  • Cold sores can easily be spread to others, although most adults are already infected. They can be spread even when blisters are not present.
  • Cold sores will get better by themselves except in cases where they get infected by bacteria, occur in the eye or become widespread in people whose immune system is suppressed. 

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Reviewed on: 20-07-2017