Cold Sore Symptoms and Prevention Tips

Cold sores can sometimes be difficult to treat. However, there are several ways to get rid of cold sores without having to experience the pain or embarrassment of a painful outbreak. Many people experience cold sores each year but most go away without actually being treated. Cold sores can usually be treated at home with over the counter medications.

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But if cold sores are serious, more aggressive treatment might help to alleviate some symptoms or even prevent a worsening of the symptoms. The blister is the first area of the skin that is affected. To treat the blister, an antiviral cream such as penciclovir and acyclovir are often prescribed. These creams work by preventing the virus from further spreading to the area where the blister forms. These medicines can also help to relieve the pain associated with them and speed up the healing process of the blisters.

If the cold sore does not heal properly, there are several treatments that are often used to speed up the healing process. If the blister does not reopen within ten days, it is considered non-responsive. At this point, the patient can expect the cold sore to recur within a few days. This means the cold sore will likely itch or burn slightly before it opens again.

There are several ways to avoid or treat fever blisters. Avoid scratching the blisters or taking oral pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen because these medications can cause itching, burning and scarring. Also, wear snug clothing and sleep in a bed that is soft and cool. Prevent exposure to the sun and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. These steps can help keep the blisters from returning.

If you are prone to cold sores, consider using a numbing agent to help relieve the itching and burning sensation. Some people find that applying duct tape over the affected area helps to reduce the burning sensation. Other people find that petroleum jelly helps to relieve the itching and redness associated with these blisters. There are no negative side effects to using numbing agents and they often provide quick relief.

One way to prevent getting cold sores is by keeping your lips healthy. Keeping your lips protected by wearing lipstick is essential. It is important to use lip balm on your lips at all times. You should also refrain from using the telephone when you have these sores because it can transfer the virus from the lip to the area on your hands. These tips can help you to minimize the number of outbreaks you experience during the course of your lifetime. If you are prone to cold sores, you should talk to your doctor about some simple lifestyle changes you can make to improve the chances of a breakout.