How To Handle a Cold Sore

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Although there is no cure for cold sores, Mister Private can help you treat and manage them.



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  • How To Handle a Cold Sore
    Cold sores are red blisters that form around your mouth, posing a threat to your beautiful smile. They say that cold sores are also called fever blisters but I have never actually heard anyone use that term. Cold sores are small and painful and usually last for seven to ten days. The blisters form, pop and ooze. They then become yellow and crusty until scabbing off. The first symptoms of cold sores include pain around your mouth, swollen glands and a sore throat.

    Certain strains of herpes, typically simplex virus type 1, cause cold sores. You can get herpes from any contact with a person who has a sore—so be careful when kissing, sharing food or using the same towel. The herpes virus will sometimes be inactive, meaning you won’t have any cold sores; however, an outbreak can occur at any time, mainly when you’re stressed or exposed to the sun.

    If you have a cold sore, avoid touching the area and keep it moist and clean. Wear lip-balm to protect the area from exposure. Pain relievers can ease the pain and reduce inflammation. You can also use an ointment to shorten the cold sore's lifespan (you can find an ointment like Abreva sold over-the-counter at most drug stores). Avoid eating spicy and acidic foods, and avoid kissing or giving oral sex. Although there is no cure for cold sores, Mister Private can help you treat and manage them.





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