Cold sores or fever blisters are a result of an inflammatory reaction following an infection by the herpes simplex virus 1 or its reactivation. Cold sores cannot be avoided all the time, but treating it before it develops into a larger sore is a good way to limit frustration, discomfort and the feeling of isolation.

Recognize the early warning signs

The best time to begin treating a cold sore is as soon as you feel the first symptoms. The most common early warning sign of a cold sore is itching around the lips. This symptom may happen a few days before blisters appear. You can also experience a burning or tingling sensation that usually starts to develop a day or two before the cold sore appears.

It is important to take action as promptly as possible. The faster you treat the cold sore, the shorter it will need to be managed. You can prevent it from appearing or speed up the healing process if the blisters already formed.

It is important to take action as promptly as possible. The faster you treat the cold sore, the shorter it will need to be managed.

Preventing its appearance

If you frequently get cold sores, you may already have medications on hand. Some of them are listed below.

COMPEED® Cold Sore Discreet Healing Patch not only makes the cold sore less visible but also acts like a virus shield reducing risk of contamination from the cold sore.

Most often, antiviral medications are used to stop the multiplication of the virus. Cold sore antivirals come in two different forms: cream that is applied directly to the area and pills that are taken orally.

There is evidence emerging about the interest of essential oils in managing cold sores. For example, Tea Tree oil has shown the ability to fight the herpes simplex virus, and Peppermint oil and Lemon balm oil were shown to inhibit its activity[1].

You must consult a specialist for advice because essential oils can cause allergic reactions if used improperly.