How to Get Rid of Cold Sores Forever

Causes of Cold Sores

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1.  The virus is passed from person to person by coming into contact with an active cold sore. Herpes simplex virus 1 is highly contagious and once you have contracted it, it will stay in your system forever. As a result, there is no “cure” however, there are many successful prevention methods as well as treatments to help a cold sore heal faster once you experience an outbreak.

Diagnosing Your Cold Sores

Before you can begin to prevent and heal cold sores more quickly, you must first determine that what you are experiencing is actually a cold sore. Many people confuse cold sores with canker sores, but the truth is, the two are quite different and must be handled in different ways. Cold sores can be identified as red blisters on or near the mouth and lips (and sometimes on the nose) that often at the height of the outbreak contain puss, and eventually may ooze and then scab before they heal and disappear. With the onset of a cold sore outbreak you will often experience itching and burning sensations. You will then notice a cold sore (also referred to as a fever blister) develop, and you can expect it to last, under normal conditions, for 1-2 weeks.

Tips for Getting Rid of Cold Sores Forever

Avoid Contact With Your Cold Sores

A first step to getting rid of cold sores forever is to avoid contact with them during an outbreak. By avoiding touching, itching or picking at your cold sores, you will be preventing further irritation, thus helping them heal faster on their own. Additionally, avoiding contact with them, as difficult as it may be, will help keep them from spreading to other parts of your face as well. 

Keep Your Cold Sores Clean

By keeping your cold sore clean you can keep the infection to a minimum and help prevent the cold sore from spreading. Do so with hot water and a mild soap, and avoid scrubbing too hard or too rapidly which may cause further irritation to the cold sore.

Prevent Cold Sores to Avoid Outbreaks!

The most effective way to get rid of cold sores forever is to avoid outbreaks all together! Each person has their own, unique triggers, however, avoiding stress, preventing exposure to very hot, cold, dry, or wet climates, and making sure your lips, mouth and skin are well moisturized, protected, and healthy are great steps toward eliminating cold sores for life. For the best information on how to get rid of cold sores forever, check out the article Cold Sore Free Forever!