For those who get cold sores or fever blisters, this is a dreaded season. Outbreaks are more common and dry uncomfortable skin seems to slow the healing process. Here are 9 ways to speed the healing and control the spread of these painful lesions.
- Make sure you have a cold sore
Confirm what you're dealing with so that you can treat it effectively.
- Notice when an outbreak is pending
The affected area will feel tender and sore. You will likely notice a small bump before an actual outbreak. If you catch the sore before it's completely erupted you'll have an easier time treating it.
- Quarantine your sore
Yes, that means no smooching. Keep the sore to yourself. Don't share drinks or dishes with people. Wash your hands well and avoid touching the sore.
- Toss the toothbrush
You could be reinfecting yourself, so get a new toothbrush and start fresh.
- Take an antiviral medication
Ask your doctor about medication that you can take to suppress outbreaks and stop from passing them on.
- Take care of the fever
Cold sores and fevers often go hand in hand, particularly in children. Monitor and treat the fever.
- Ease the pain
Over the counter creams and pain medication can help ease the pain. 10 minutes with an ice-pack or a whole milk compress will also do the trick.
- Have patience
Outbreaks typically take 2 weeks to subside. Picking at the sore will only agitate it and prolong the healing process.
- Talk to your doctor
If healing doesn't progress as you'd expect or if you are in particular pain, talk to your doctor. The doctor may recommend a vitamin B complex and amino acids.
That nasty looking cold sore is not going to compliment your new holiday outfit. Look your best and spare your date the awkward moment of rejecting your goodnight kiss by following these useful tips for quick healing and quarantine of the dreaded cold sore.