Cold Sores: How to Fight Back Before They Get Worse
Preventing cold sores is one thing, but is there anything you can do once you feel the onset of a cold sore?
If you can learn to recognize the prodromal stage of your cold sores and discover your cold sore triggers, you can take steps to fight them before they have a chance to develop further.
The prodromal stage usually occurs one to three days before the blisters appear during which you may feel itching, tingling, burning, pain, or numbness.
Think of these sensations as an early warning system alerting you to the impending appearance of a cold sore. This is the time when it is best to act and begin treatment to help minimize the impact of the cold sore.
You can take this a step further by identifying your cold sore triggers. In short, there are certain things that can set off cold sores (see the list here).
If you link these to your prodromal stage, you have identified your cold sore triggers. Then, if you are exposed to one of these triggers you can be ready for action well before the cold sore has fully made itself known.
Since your cold sore is contagious throughout its lifecycle, be mindful of taking measures to limit the spread of the cold sore virus, as well as to minimize the outbreak itself.
Simple steps such as avoiding touching the sensitive area are a must, but also consider covering up the cold sore.
This is where treatment with a cold sore patch can be useful. Applying a patch such as the POLYSPORIN® Cold Sore Healing Patch helps to prevent spread of the cold sore virus and helps keep anything else from coming into contact with the cold sore virus by keeping it under wraps.