Herpes on Your Mouth: Celebrities’ Cold Sores and How to Protect Your Lips
According to the Mayo Clinic, cold sores are closely related to genital herpes and can be spread through kissing and oral sex. Antiviral medications can help heal a cold sore, a process that takes up to two weeks.
Cold sores are typically dormant, and it’s believed that stress, chocolate, the menstrual cycle, caffeine and a weakened immune system are all culprits that can lead to an outbreak.
Cold sores can happen to anybody, says the Mayo Clinic, “about 90 percent of adults worldwide — even those who’ve never had symptoms of an infection — test positive for evidence of the virus that causes cold sores.”
Here are a few celebrities who were snapped out and about with an imperfect pout.