I didn't know what it was. I just knew I felt a tingling/stinging sensation outside the left side of my mouth. When the blisters started forming I thought I had accidentally cut myself shaving. Truth be told, I didn't know precisely what I had experienced for another year or so.
Anyway, I'm well aware what's what now. It turns out that cold sores are technically Herpes Simplex Virus 1. No, it isn't necessarily from sexual contact (I don't think), but it recurs two to three times yearly. I've read up on them and some studies estimate that upwards of 80% of the population is infected with the virus. What in the world??? I never dealt with anything of the sort back in NYC. It wasn't until I moved here to Cali that my body started to "fall apart" so-to-speak!
Anyway, I had my teeth cleaned two weeks ago, and trauma to the lips can kick up an outbreak. I'm assuming that's what sparked my current outbreak. The blisters have already crusted over (gross!) so, within the next three or four days, I'll be healed. The interim is ugly, though. Just ugly. This time around, the scab is downright heinous!
I know this, too, shall pass.
And, boy, oh boy, will I be happy when it does!