Life is not fair, especially for victims of cold sores. Cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex virus. Once infected, this virus stays dormant in the body only to reappear as a sore when activated. Not all people infected by the virus get cold sores. The actual mechanism for why some people get it and some are spared is not very well known, but some scientists believe it could be genetics.
Thankfully, cold sores usually get better on their own within 7-10 days. The following self-care tips can help treat the symptoms of cold sores.
- Do not lick or prod the area.
- Keep the area clean and dry. Wash hands as soon as you have touched the sore. Keeping a hand sanitiser handy will help you wash hands regularly. Do not rub your eyes if you have touched a sore.
- Spread love though your kind words not through touch. Resist kissing and shaking of hands. If you had to shake hands with someone who is suffering from sores, wash your hands thoroughly with an anti-bacterial soap as soon as socially possible.
Treatment for cold sores involves treating symptoms of pain and discomfort, as well as antiviral medication to reduce the length of time the sores last.
There are a range of anti-viral creams available with pharmacist advice. These creams have some merit in reducing the severity of the sore. The best time to start the application is when you experience the onset. Most people who have an experience of cold sore will know that there is some tingling in the area before the sore erupts.
In severe cases, prescription of antiviral tablets may be required.