Cold sores are a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2. They occur in the form of a blister around your lips or just below the nose. It is contagious and often itchy in its early stages of development. A cold sore may start as an itchy area around the infected part of the face then develop into a blister with liquid in it. After several days, the blister burst from the edges of the sore, releasing the fluid containing the virus.
Facial pain can occur as a result of a headache, injury or infection. Dental problems or nerve conditions can also trigger facial pain. Symptoms of facial pain are felt on the face as a cramp-like feeling or achy sensation around the facial area. Irritation of the nerve, commonly known as facial pain, may be triggered by a cold sore infection. This, however, does not apply to all but those with the trigeminal neuralgia chronic condition. This condition is not life-threatening but can lead to extreme pain and discomfort in the facial area.
People with trigeminal neuralgia are advised to seek immediate treatment in case of a cold sore infection to prevent facial pain. Cold sores are a known agent that triggers trigeminal neuralgia and should be treated before it does so. Prevention is better than curing and combating cold sores before it infects you, which might prevent the condition from being triggered. To deal with the causative agent of facial pain, you should ensure minimal to no contact with a cold sore infected person. Avoid exposing your lips to direct sunlight for too long or make sure you are not stressed as stress might trigger a cold sore.
The final and most advisable measure to take in case of a cold sore or facial pain is to seek medical advice from your doctor or any medical practitioner.