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Getting Rid of Cold Sores Image Gallery

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, which is believed to lie dormant i­n certain nerve cells of the body until it is activated by stress, anxiety, a cold, or excessive exposure to the sun. Scroll through these photos to learn how to get rid of cold sores.

At a Glance: Fever Blister Treatment

Chances are, if you develop a yellow crusty sore on your lip or around your mouth, you have a fever blister. What caused it, and how should you treat it?

5 Famous Pairs of Lips

Lips are the most sensual part of the body that's out there for all the world to see. And while some celebrity lips are admired for a while, others become icons. What are five of the most famous sets?

Lip Augmentation

For some folks, a little color and gloss isn't enough to get the desired pout. What is lip augmentation, and can it go wrong?

Can too much kissing damage your lips?

People like to kiss and to be kissed, but can too much kissing hurt your lips? Let the field experiments begin!

What do cold sores have to do with Alzheimer's?

Cold sores are annoying and Alzheimer's disease is a devastating and fatal condition. It might surprise you to learn that these two seemingly disparate conditions are linked.

How to Treat a Cold Sore

Your lip stings and tingles and you feel a little feverish. Oh, no -- you know what's coming next. Cold sores, or fever blisters, can be painful and unsightly, not to mention embarrassing. So, what can you do when you get one?

How to Treat a Fever Blister

The fact that you know they're coming doesn't make the onset of fever blisters any more inconvenient or disgusting. How do you get rid of them quickly?

How to Treat Sun Blisters on Lips

Once summer hits, many of us want to be outside all the time. Unfortunately, all that sun exposure has consequences: sunburns and the sun blisters that accompany them. How do you treat them so you can go back outside?

Are dry lips a sign of a major health problem?

Usually, dry lips signal a loss of moisture because of exposure to the elements. Could severe dryness point to a more serious health problem?

Are lips the most sensitive part of the body?

Touch receptors in your lips allow them to feel many kinds of sensations, but those receptors are located all over the body. How is your lip sensitivity different?

Can cracked lips be a sign of dehydration?

As winter comes along, lips that are cracked and dry can became a painful reality for months on end. Although there are several factors that can cause your lips to chap, could poor hydration be one of them?

Can I get skin cancer on my lip?

Although many people take the time to put sunscreen on their arms, neck and most of their face, there are a few spots on the body that are easy to neglect. The lips are one of them.

Can medication affect the health of my lips?

When lips dry out, become chapped or develop sores, it can be painful, frustrating and unattractive. Some lip conditions are caused by dehydration or infection, but medication can also be the culprit of a calamitous kisser.

Does my diet affect the health of my lips?

Many people apply topical treatments, such as beeswax, when their lips are dry or damaged. But certain foods may help promote lip health from the inside out. Which ones work best?

How are lips different from other skin areas?

Your lips don't look like any other part of your body, so how are they different from the rest of your skin?

What causes the red ring around my lips?

For many people, the skin near their mouth can become itchy and irritated, forming a kind of red ring around their lips. What causes this, and how can it be treated?