How to Deal With Cold Sores

Having cold sores around your mouth is a very painful and uncomfortable experience, not to mention embarrassing. Many find it difficult to go out in public as they feel they are being judged and although many know you can get sores from the slightest of contact with someone with the virus it doesn’t stop there being stigma attached to the condition.

Even sharing something like lipstick or gloss with someone who carries the virus could be enough to cause an outbreak. Typically they take around 7-10 days to clear up by themselves but this is a long time if you’re embarrassed by the symptoms.
This is where treatments and creams come in handy. Helping to speed up the recovery process, they work with your body to help reduce any irritation caused by the swellings and reduce their visibility – perfect for those who are a little self conscious about having them.
Creams such as Cymex Ultra (contains Aciclovir 5% cream, always read the label) are a great option helping sufferers return to their normal life as soon as possible, but it is important that you don’t think of them as a miracle cure. The best medicine in the world can only do so much and cold sore creams such as this are designed to speed up the recovery process, not make cold sores magically disappear in a matter of seconds.

Preventative Measures

Of course, prevention is always better than cure so it makes sense to take the time to learn how to avoid contracting cold sores in the first place. They can often be passed from person to person through the smallest amount of physical contact but some individuals, may be more susceptible to the viral infection. Other individuals may be carriers of the virus but exhibit no symptoms.

This means it is not always possible to identify who has the virus but in cases where a person is displaying symptoms, it is wise to limit your physical contact with them and avoid acts such as kissing, which could pass the infection onto you. If you do contract cold sores, treatment can be obtained readily over the counter but it makes sense to take action before the problem develops rather than dealing with it at a later date.

This is a featured guest post on behalf of Cymex.

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