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Furthermore, there are also preventative steps that an individual can take that will
decrease the number of outbreaks they experience.
Vigorously covering up your cold sore with petroleum jelly (also commonly referred
to as Vaseline) is one of the most common ways to speed up the healing process. It
is also effective in protecting the cold sore from further infection from bacteria.
If a cold sore is painful, it is also suggested to apply an ointment that contains
Benzocaine. The ointment will temporarily numb the cold sore, relieving you of any
pain. Regardless of how embarrassing a cold sore is, it is never a good idea to cover
up a cold sore with makeup. This is because the chemicals in makeup can aggravate
the cold sore and possibly make the situation worse.
It is important to realize that cold sores are nothing like a pimple, zit, or blackhead.
This means you should never attempt to squeeze, pick, or pinch it. This is because
it can cause bacterial infections to occur. Obviously, you are going to want to avoid
kissing anyone or sharing items that come in contact with your cold sore, as it is
While it is extremely rare, it is possible to contract the herpes simplex virus in
the optical cavity. It is important to seek the attention of a doctor immediately
if you suspect an outbreak on or near your eye because it can cause permanent damage.
In the event that secondary bacterial infection occurs, an individual would have
to take oral antibiotics in order to fight off the infections. Individuals with weak
immune systems, including the elderly, individuals undergoing chemotherapy, and people
who have Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, are prone to more serious conditions
of the herpes simplex virus.
It is human nature to want to get rid of a cold sore scab as quickly as possible.
However, the scab of a cold sore is an essential part of the healing process, especially
in the prevention of infection. For that reason it is actually better (despite what
you might want) to let the scab heal and fall off on its own schedule. The best thing
you can do is to keep the area as clean as possible. You can also cover the scab
with a thick layer of petroleum jelly in order to keep the scab moist, which will
prevent it from cracking.
Despite how tempting it may be, it is important to avoid even picking at a cold sore scab. Picking the scab is only going to cause the scab to take longer to heal. Eventually the scab will heal completely and fall off on its own. Not only can picking at it delay the healing, but it can also cause the area around the scab to become infected.
Obviously, the number one way to prevent cold sores is by avoiding direct contact
with sores or blisters. The easiest way to do this is to avoid sharing personal and
intimate items with another person. If you already experience cold sore outbreaks
there are things you can do to prevent future breakouts. This includes avoiding cold
sore triggers. While triggers do vary from one person to the next there are several
common ones including direct sunlight, stress, fevers, colds, menstrual cycles, and
certain types of food.
Herpes simplex virus can also be a sexually transmitted disease, so prevention can come from waiting until you are in a monogamous relationship with someone who has been tested for HSV. Abstinence should also be practiced if herpes flair up is currently witnessed.
A cold sore is nothing more than a manifestation of a non-
Because herpes simplex virus is not curable, there is nothing that is going to cure cold sores permanently. There is no over the counter drug, prescription medication, or home remedy that is permanently going to get rid of the condition. Luckily, there are a number of home remedies that can reduce the pain, cut down the number of outbreaks, and quickly dissolve outbreaks.