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How Long Do Cold Sores Last – Who Knows

How To Get Rid Of Cold Sores FastHow long do cold sores last? Well, it has been my experience that cold sores last approximately two weeks depending on their size and severity. If you are like me and are one of approximately 60 million Americans who are prone to developing cold sores then you already know how long they last and how bad they can get.

Cold sores, or fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus and present themselves as small clusters of blisters on your lip or the skin around your mouth. At first, before the blisters form, you can sometimes feel them starting by feeling a little soreness at the spot where they will develop or even feel a tingling sensation in the same area. If you do feel them coming on and can get treatment started immediately, they may only last a few days or not even amount to anything at all.

If they do become full blown cold sores you will have the blisters, redness and pain to go along with them. The blisters are filled with a clear fluid that drains out of the blisters after a few days. The cold sores are contagious up until the time they are scabbed over and dry. They may still be very painful at this point, though, and you will still want to refrain from kissing anyone until they are fully healed.

The herpes simplex virus gets spread from person to person through direct contact with the infected person or the clear fluid that gets transferred from the infected person to eating utensils or anything else they put in their mouth. Cold sores are not exclusive to the area around the mouth either, they can spread to other areas of the body and the herpes simplex virus also causes genital herpes.

There is no cure for the herpes simplex virus, or HSV, and once you have it, you have it for life. Diagnosis is easy since cold sores are so visible. If you get cold sores often or they become so severely painful you should see your doctor for treatment. He or she can prescribe a medication to assist in answering the how long do cold sores last question and reduce the number you get and their severity.

There are many over the counter treatments available and they may help some but for the most part there is only one over the counter medication that I have tried that actually helps significantly. This medication works best, though, only if you can get it to the cold sore immediately before the blisters form. If the blisters form, it may still help in healing them up a little quicker but you will not want to use it if the blisters have already opened up. This is a very painful experience.

Some things you should keep in mind so you do not spread the virus when you get a cold sore are to wash your hands often and do not touch the cold sore, you will only succeed in spreading the virus. Avoid triggers like increased stressful situations, excessive exposure to sunlight, even catching a cold or the flu can be a trigger. Also avoid sharing utensils, towels, razors or other things the infected person has used.

How long do cold sores last depends on how soon you start treating them and how severe they are to begin with.

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Cold Sore Blister – Try To Be Careful

How To Get Rid Of Cold Sores FastA cold sore blister is a large, painful lesion that can weep and seep with pus. Gross, I know. They are also very contagious. You can easily pass on a cold sore if you’re not careful. You can even create an outbreak on another part of your body if you’re not careful. All you have to do is to touch the cold sore and then rub your eyes. That can cause an outbreak around your eyes, which is really not fun.

At the very beginning of an outbreak you will feel a slight tingling or burning feeling on the site of the outbreak…usually the lips.  This can occur many days before the actual blister appears so it’s important that you recognize it so you don’t pass it on before you realize that you’re getting a cold sore and that you’re contagious.

The next stage in the development of a cold sore blister is the actual blister. It’s usually fairly small at this point and there can even be more than one clumped together. These blisters are filled with pus and can be not only unsightly but painful as well.

The skin around the blister will be tender and painful to the touch. It can also have a red appearance and just look sore. After a while the blisters will become even more attractive as they erupt leaving and open, weeping wound (lovely, I know).

After a few days of weeping (the cold sore will be weeping too) the blister will start to dry up and a scab will form. This is the point where the outbreak can start to itch and burn. Try not to give into temptation to scratch or you will break open the scab and cause the area to bleed.  The itch and pain will go away after several days.

Over the next several days the scabs will start to fall off and you’ll be left with ‘new’ pink skin.  Usually that pink will fade within a few days an you should be left with clear, scar free skin.

Don’t forget, you have to be careful during an outbreak or you can pass the infection on to others and even on to yourself in other areas of your body. Having an outbreak around your mouth is bad enough, think of what it would be like around your eyes or on your fingers. Yuck. Wash your hands thoroughly and often to help avoid this problem.

And to try and decrease the number of infections you get, try to eat right, get plenty of sleep, use a multi vitamin and wash your hands thoroughly.  It’s always better to prevent an outbreak then it is to treat one.

Even though most of us will get an outbreak at some point or another, none of us like them. Not only do we want to avoid the pain and ugliness of a cold sore, we also hate the idea that we have to change our daily routines so we don’t pass them on to others.  As far as I’m concerned, you can keep your nasty little cold sore blister.

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How To Get Rid Of Cold Sores Fast

How To Get Rid Of Cold Sores FastHerpes simplex 1 is the virus behind cold sores. Up to 80% of the population has this virus in their body, though it is dormant for much of the time. Anyone who has ever had a painful, and ugly, outbreak has one main question that they want answered: how to get rid of cold sores fast. Even though cold sores don’t last forever, it can seem that way sometimes.  But there are some things you can do to make life a little easier.

Of course the best thing to do is to not get an outbreak to begin with.  Make sure you keep your immune system strong by getting enough sleep, eating properly and washing your hands frequently. None of these things will guarantee that you won’t get a cold sore, but they sure can help.

It’s also a good idea to avoid using personal items from anyone who has an active outbreak. Steer clear of razors, toothbrushes, glasses, lipstick, etc. You’ll also want to keep the kissing to a minimum, sorry.

Cold sores will be more likely to rear their ugly little heads when you are over stressed or over tired. Try to keep balance in your life (not always easy I know) and you might be able to avoid some outbreaks.

Once you’ve got a cold sore the only thing you can think of is how to get rid of cold sores fast. The sooner you start treating your cold sore the sooner you can be rid of it.

Here are some ideas:

1. Keep the area around the cold sore dry and clean. Cold sores love a moist environments so by keeping the area clean and dry you are depriving it of what it needs to make it’s self at home.

2. As soon as you get an outbreak, get a new toothbrush. The moist toothbrush can actually harbor more of the virus. Also, don’t forget that if your toothbrush has come into contact with the tube of toothpaste, make sure you replace that too.

3. Taking a supplement to help keep yourself strong might also help you quicken the recovery time. You may not totally stop an outbreak, but you might be able to hasten it’s departure.

4. Herbal remedies like lemon balm, echinacea and tea tree oil can also help the healing when applied to the affected area.

5. Learn to deal with stressful situations by learning to meditate, or do yoga, or whatever it is that will help you keep balance in your life.

Remember, that most of us have this virus in our system, many of us have had since we were kids, so we just have to learn how to live with it. Dong everything possible to keep your body healthy and avoiding an outbreak in the first place is the first step. But if, despite your best efforts, you still get a cold sore, there are some simple things you can do to learn how to get rid of cold sores fast.

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