Everything you need to know about dealing with a cold sore

Cold sores are small blister type sores that are usually on the lip but can also be found on the nose, the cheeks, the upper lip or even sometimes inside the mouth.

Although the sun can trigger a cold sore, they are very common in the colder months. Although there is no way to prevent or cure the onset of cold sores there are some things you can do to reduce their frequency.

Its is important to know that cold sores are extremely contagious and can be passed easily through close physical contact. Most cold sores are from the herpes simplex virus and are incredibly dangerous around newborn babies.

Some people may carry the virus and never actually get a cold sore, but once you have contracted the virus it will stay in your system and fatigue or injury could trigger it.

Stages of a cold sore:

  • A tingling, itching or burning sensation around the mouth indicates the start of a cold-sore. Fluid-filled blisters often on the edges of the lip, then follow. Glands may also start to swell.
  • Cold sores often appear in the same place every time so you will likely get familiar with signs.
  • Pain and irritation may then develop.
  • The blisters burst.
  • A scab now forms on the cold sore which will soon fall off and uncover pink skin that can look a little scary but usually heals with no issue.

Most cold sores will disappear within a week or two and most will not leave a scar.


There are some anti-viral medication you can take daily if you suffer a lot with cold sores. Some people highly recommend homoeopathic tablets and remedies.

While you have a cold sore you should consciously try not to spread is as it can be easily passed back and forth.

  • Avoid kissing or skin contact with anyone, even cheek kissing.
  • Avoid sharing towels or facecloths, lipstick, lip balm, forks and glasses etc with anyone.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Avoid touching it- as tempting as it is it can easily spread to the eyes or even the genitals.
  • If you do touch it, wash your hands with soap and warm water asap.

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