Do cold sores make you want to hide in a Dark Room?

Do cold sores make you want to hide in a Dark Room?

Cold sores can be not only painful but embarrassing! You start to feel that tingle, then BAM it is on, and that small blister that appears on your lip turns into a world of pain.   A cold sore usually hangs around for 7-10 days but using the right products can support the skin against infection and getting that “crusty” painful layer of skin.


Zovirax treatment for cold sores
Apply Zovirax Coldsore cream at the first sign of a tingle to reduce the length of your coldsore outbreak

How do you get cold sores?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. They’re very common among New Zealanders as they are highly contagious and can easily spread from person to person. If someone has this virus it can spread

If someone has this virus it can spread through sharing lipstick, water bottles, or even kissing.

Once you have the cold sore virus it can remain dormant in your system until it is triggered and you begin to show symptoms.

What things might trigger this virus to become active?

Colds, flu, sunburn, windburn, allergies and being run down.

What are Cold Sore symptoms?

  • Tingling – Pain, itching or tingling of the lip
  • Blistering – A small, painful red raised area on the lip that becomes a blister
  • Weeping – Blisters which then ooze, break and form a crust
  • Scabbing – The crust can break and bleed during the healing process

How do I treat it?

There are a number of cold sore treatment products available from your pharmacy:

The earlier you start treatment the better!


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