HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
Treat Me Right: The Cold Sore Quiz
by Staff
Cold sores can be a real nuisance. And since they're caused by a herpes virus, there's no cure -- just ways to get you through the latest flare-up. How much do you know about their cause and treatments?

What is another name for cold sores?

  • fever blisters
  • lip scabs
  • cracked lips

Cold sores are caused by which type of virus?

  • common cold
  • HIV
  • herpes

What class of herpes virus is associated with cold sores?

  • herpes simplex virus type 1
  • herpes simplex virus type 2
  • both

Which of the following is NOT known to trigger cold sores?

  • a cold
  • soft drinks
  • dental treatment

How long does the herpes virus typically last?

  • a week
  • a month
  • a lifetime

About how long does it take an untreated cold sore to go away?

  • 3 days
  • 10 days
  • 14 days

What kind of medication can shorten the healing time of a cold sore?

  • antibiotic
  • antiviral
  • antifungal

Topical medications with which type of ingredient can help with cold sore pain?

  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-infective
  • anesthetic

Popping or picking at a cold sore can do what to it?

  • cause it to spread
  • make it last longer
  • have no effect

What type of compress do some people believe is helpful in treating cold sores?

  • cold compress
  • warm compress
  • both