Herpes is that infection that gets you running for your safety to avoid contraction. Worse still, there is no single mode at which it is transmitted from person to person. This virus is a very common disease causing agent, cold sores and shingles being conditions caused by it.
Cold sores, also known as herpes simplex labialis, are a group of small, painful blisters caused by the herpes simplex virus, HSV. Another condition, though not as common as cold sores, is shingles, a reactivation of the chicken pox virus in the human body. Though both are horrible blisters caused by a similar virus, there are more differences than similarities between them. Cold sores show up on the inside of the lips, mouth, even your nose or cheeks, and in most cases, are transmitted through kissing. Shingles are usually present on either the left or right side of your torso. It has no mode of transmission, as it is simply the chicken pox virus being activated for a reason yet to be known.
Another vast difference is that while shingles are common in middle-aged people, that is, people whose immune systems have weakened due to ageing, cold sores can appear on any individual, irrespective of their age. There is currently no known treatment for cold sores, as it is a chronic infection. But preventive measures such as vaccination, overall good hygiene, good health practices, abstaining from oral sex, kissing and other forms of physical contact through which herpes can be contracted, help to keep cold sores at bay. Vaccines are also administered to patients to reduce the appearance of cold sores on the skin, particularly on your face.
Shingles are preventable by vaccines, and luckily, they can be treated as well. Treatments of shingles consists of antivirals, some times nerve pain medication, and within weeks, the blisters would be no more.