Cold sores or fever blisters look painful. They are caused by the virus called herpes simplex virus or (HSV-1). The person who catches this virus will experience a cold sore breakout within one to two days of the initial contamination with the virus. The cold sores usually last 7 to 10 days and that time can be a painful time. But there are home remedies to help combat these unsightly and unwanted cold sores. The cold sores will breakout, ooze, and crust over and of course bleed. 90% of adults will catch this virus but will never show any symptoms. Others will unfortunately, battle with cold sore breakouts on a recurring basis. So, this article is directed to those who get these uncomfortable open sores around their mouths.