Cold sores–they always seem to pop up when you have a big interview, first date or important event. You know what they look like and what a pain they can be, but are they a sexually transmitted disease?
First signs that a cold sore is imminent include pain, tenderness, burning and tingling. Within hours to days, a small, fluid-filled blister appears, which bursts, leaving a tiny, round ulcer which can take up to two weeks to heal. Cold sores are very easy to catch, from skin to skin, kissing or sexual contact. Transmission can occur even without sign of a blister.
Preventing self-infection is simple. Do not touch the area during an outbreak. If you do, wash your hands as soon as possible with soap and warm water. This will help prevent the virus from spreading further.
Knowing that things like stress, the menstrual cycle, sun or wind damage to the skin, sickness or fever, and burns can cause these, you can also work toward preventing them in the first place. However, if they do occur, there are things you can do at home to heal the cold sore quickly so you can move on with your life.
Despite the name, when you get painful blisters called cold sores, don’t blame your cold. Cold sores are caused by a virus, but not the kind that makes you sniffle and sneeze. Instead, they happen because of an infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
Although many people use the terms “cold sore” and “canker sore” interchangeably, they’re different. Unlike cold sores, canker sores are bacterial infections inside the mouth that are characterized by small, round, white areas surrounded by a sharp halo of red. while cold sores are highly contagious, canker sores are not. (For more on canker sores, see Home Remedies for Canker Sores.)
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The condition is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and is highly contagious, especially if the blisters are oozing fluid. However, the virus does not always cause sores and may sometimes stay dormant permanently. The virus spreads through skin-to-skin contact, and oral sex can spread genital herpes to the mouth area.
Antiviral creams may reduce healing time, but these must be applied at the very first sign of an outbreak. Docosanol cream (Abreva) is available over the counter. Prescription creams include acyclovir (Zovirax) and penciclovir (Denavir).
Some creams contain anaesthetics (e.g. lidocaine 5%, benzocaine, prilocaine or tetracaine) which will stop any soreness if a cold sore breaks through. We can send you a list – phone or email [email protected]
Cold sores are painful fever blisters that appear inside the mouth, on lips, nose or even on the face. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus, which enters the body through the skin mainly around the mouth. This virus is very contagious and spreads from one person to another through kissing, touching an infected person’s saliva, or sharing razors and eating utensils.
Apply some aloe vera gel. Aloe vera can soothe the pain of a cold sore (among many other skin irritations) and fight the bacteria threatening to infect the sore and worsen your condition. It can also help speed up the healing process.
A cold sore looks like a blister, and it usually lasts for seven to 10 days, at which time it’s contagious. Over time, it breaks and oozes, then develop a yellow scab, with new skin growing underneath.
Exposure to light, namely UV light, seems to be a very contributing factor in outbreaks. When you hit the beach, or even just go for a summertime stroll, apply sunscreen to your face, and apply lip balm with an SPF value of no less than 15. Indeed it may take you longer to get a crazy tan, but it’s a very, very, small sacrifice to make when you think of the painful cold sores erupting, and damage to your skin.
I have found in the past that abreva and the lysine jelly, plus icing were always my best bet, but only if I could get to it immediately after the tingling started, and continue for days. I recently started using tea tree oil, applied directly. It cut it down to just two days– really only one uncomfortable, but not painful, day– and kept it from every being apparent or obvious to anyone else. Heaven! And so much more reasonably priced than abreva. Now I have little bottles in my car, my office, and my home for the next time I feel one comin gon.
Manage your stress. Cold sore breakouts can increase stress and cause low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. By the same token, stress weakens our immune system and thus makes us more susceptible to developing viral infections, including herpes simplex. Some ways to manage stress include:
Blood tests for herpes may differentiate between type 1 and type 2. When a person is not experiencing any symptoms, a blood test alone does not reveal the site of infection. Genital herpes infections occurred with almost equal frequency as type 1 or 2 in younger adults when samples were taken from genital lesions. Herpes in the mouth is more likely to be caused by type 1, but (see above) also can be type 2. The only way to know for certain if a positive blood test for herpes is due to infection of the mouth, genitals, or elsewhere, is to sample from lesions. This is not possible if the afflicted individual is asymptomatic.
Exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet rays can trigger a breakout of cold sores. To help protect yourself wear a hat when you are outside in the sun and use a lip balm that contains sunscreen (preferably one with an SPF rating of 15+ or higher).
Tea is not just a popular drink or morning ritual. It has a wide range of health benefits you didn’t know. The bioactive compounds of tea such as astringent, flavonoids, catechins, and phytonutrients can relieve the symptoms of HSV infection and cold sores. 
I use abreva and get a prescription for Valtrax 500mg. I start as soon as I feel tingling or burning pain. I( have tried so many remedies but finally with in 5 days all my sores are gone and the pain is no longer a issue. The worst issue I had to deal with is the congestion that is caused by the sores in my nose. I wouldn’t even be able to sleep a night due to the congestion.
I applied rubbing alcohol last night when I cleaned the area and decided to see if the valacyclovir would stop it in its tracks as it sometimes does. Woke up this morning and I had multiple tiny bubbles. I spent some time here reviewing suggestions and decided to apply some apple cider vinegar with some cotton balls. The result was that all the little fluid pockets popped, I didn’t have to use a sterilized needle, the ACV simply must have eaten through them. Maybe it was the magnifying mirror but they looked like craters. Because the skin is on my face and not my lip as it usually is they seemed deeper. I then took a clean washcloth to rinse off the ACV. I applied some hydrogen peroxide to clean and then got some rubbing alcohol again and applied with a cotton ball (it stings). I then applied some witch hazel to sooth the area down. I took some very sharp tweezers and removed the skin around the “holes” that were created. I applied neosporin and took a look in a regular mirror versus the 50x magnification side I used before and although there are pin prick sized red dots it looks fairly good. I think I will be able to cover it with makeup if I have to. I have also pricked them in the past and was happy to see I wasn’t the only one doing this. I am going for the moisturized healing versus letting it dry out and peeling. I did this once before and it was three days from start to finish, other times have been less successful and it took a little longer. Considering it was 8pm last night when I first saw them and it’s not even 8am and I look almost normal I would say that is pretty good, but the process isn’t fully over yet. I just wanted to let others know. I think a variety of the suggestions listed above will work, but as someone said prevention is the best way, the problem is, after you go a while without a breakout you can get lax in taking the l lysine or doing what you need to, to prevent an outbreak. I took my lysine and will take the second dose of valocyclovir. I will keep the area moisturizer and see how it goes. Best of luck everyone, I know how frustrating and embarrassing this can be.
I recently healed up a coldsore using straight lavender Oil and Coconut oil. When It first starts I put on the lavender oil straight then after a couple of minutes smooth on Coconut oil. The lavender dries up and kills the virus and the coconut oil softens the skin and is also anti viral. I usually only use the lavender for 2 days then just use the coconut oil. It never fully developed into the cracked sore version only had the tingling and irritation for about 4 days.
There is no cure for cold sores. The herpes simplex virus hides deep in nerve roots and cannot be wiped out by medicines that are currently on the market. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that there are products that falsely advertise that they are getting rid of herpes for good, but these claims are fraudulent. The virus will continue to live in the nerve root despite treatment, and most people will continue to get cold sores off and on throughout their life.
Lemon balm works because of its cooling and soothing properties. It is a member of the mint family. Because cold sores typically lead to a lot of painful and irritating symptoms, being able to find relief is essential. Using lemon balm, or a topical agent that has it as an ingredient can alleviate burning and itching almost immediately. It also contains antiviral properties to fight back against HSV.
Went to Walgreens for some Abreva and they were out. The lady was helping another guy, who swore by L-Lysine. I bought some and now use it every time that tingling starts. It must be taken right away. Loading up on 3 to 6 grams a day is safe short term. It has stopped all of my outbreaks except this one because I was away from home and took it too late. Camphor Phenol seems to help reduce swelling and accelerate the healing.
You woke up this morning, and suddenly, you notice a blister on your lips. You think it will go away by itself, but then, other symptoms start to develop. You experience itching and a burning sensation in the mouth, and have trouble eating as your mouth has become extra sensitive. These are all symptoms of a cold sore.
L-lysine supplements help a great deal, but when that all-too familiar tingle appears, I nip it with a colloidal silver spray. I’ve been using colloidal silver for years and it works like a charm. Look for a higher concentration at any health food store.
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Manage your stress levels. Progressive relaxation and creative visualization will be of assistance with stress anxiety or depression. There are also many herbal remedies that you can use to deal with stress.
This is without a doubt another really effective remedy to heal cold sores. Peppermint oil has powerful antiviral properties that make it exhibit high levels of virucidal activity against the blisters, giving you a soothing feeling (5).
When your cold sore is just visible take your safety pin/lighter and heat it up till the end is glowing red hot to sterilize. Cool off in water or rubbing alcohol and having a cotton swab ready, lightly puncture the sore. Fluid should leak from the sore so dab it with the cotton swab. This is the idea, we want to drain the fluid from the sore. People will tell you this will definitely spread the virus, but I have never had that happen… the rubbing alcohol we will apply next just kills everything and dries up the sore and is incredibly effective. Take a small dish and add salt and rubbing alcohol, and apply the salt/rubbing alcohol mixture onto a cotton swab and apply to the sore. This will burn like hell, but it’s worth it if you want this thing off your face ASAP. Leave the mixture on or re-apply if necessary for the next 15 minutes or so. Continue the process until the sore no longer produces any fluid when punctured. Just remember to wash your hands.
Has anyone gotten them on their gums? I’ve never had cold sores, but now I have one on my lip and all over my gums. I went to the doctor and they told me I have strep throat and gave me antibiotics. It’s not getting any better and I don’t know what to do. It’s so painful to eat, brush my teeth, and my teeth are killing me. I guess I’m going to the dentist soon! Please help if you can. Thanks!