The virus that causes
cold sores is common. Most people have been infected
with this virus (herpes simplex virus, or HSV) by the
time they reach adulthood.
Although most people have been exposed to HSV, only about 20% to 40%
develop recurring cold sores.1 After a person becomes
infected, the virus remains inactive in the body until it is triggered by
something such as sunlight exposure or stress. When active, the virus results
in a cold sore outbreak.
Lee Anderson developed the skin condition rosacea when she was in her
40s. "My daughter used to tease me that I had 'slap-face,' because that's
what it looked like all the time -- that I'd been slapped. It was very
embarrassing," says Anderson, now 54. The condition grew worse, and she
eventually found herself turning down social invitations. "It ate away at
Anderson was in plenty of company. An estimated 14 million Americans have
rosacea, which is a fairly common skin...