Cold Sores in the Nose

If you don’t stop cold sores in the nose before they start, or halt them in there tracks, you are in for a long two weeks.

Cold sores usually appear on the lips and areas around the mouth. But sometimes they can appear on the cheeks, the nose and in your nostrils. This may occur because the virus, which travels through nerve paths, can find its way to other areas of your face; if these areas are near the initial vicinity of infection.

Getting cold sores in the nose can be more painful than the ones that generally appear on the lips and around the mouth.

Cold sores blisters in the nose are similar to those that appear on your lips and mouth. They swell and form blisters which erupt, produce scabbing and finally heal, usually leaving no scars.

This is called “nasal herpes”. Basically, the virus goes through the same stages that oral herpes goes through; that of the ‘prodrome’ stage, the ‘weeping’ stage and the ‘healing’ stage.

· The ‘prodrome’ stage consists of feeling a burning or tingling sensation followed by a formation of small blisters at the site of infection.

· Next is the ‘weeping’ stage wherein the blister starts to ooze and crust over into a scab.

· Finally, in the ‘healing’ stage where new skin replaces the scab.

Cold sores in the nose can be a result of ‘autoinoculation’.

This is when you spread the virus from one area to another such as; by touching your nose after touching a cold sore. Being conscious of what you touch and where your hands have been will help avoid spreading the virus to other parts of your body.

Washing your hands often with soap and water will also help prevent autoinoculation.

Cold sores in the nose, can be painful, particularly if you simultaneously have the flu or a cold. The conditions inside the nose, being moist and warm, cause the virus to multiply, thereby increasing its chances to infect nearby areas.

This moistness also leads to a longer healing time than usual. The cold sores are aggravated every time you blow or wipe your nose.

When the scabbing stage begins, the crust of the scab becomes hard due to the constant flow of air in the nostrils.

This means the scab can easily break and bleed with just a movement of your nose. The skin in the nostrils is fragile and thin which increases the possibility of the scabs breaking and bleeding easily. This may then promote further infection of the virus.

Applying home remedies, like ice, can help relieve the pain of the cold sores or fever blisters and speed up the healing time. Taking L-lysine can also shorten the duration of the episode.

Having cold sores or fever blisters on any part of the face is unpleasant enough. But having cold sores in the nose could possibly be the worst.

The best solution is to stop the cold sore in its tracks or even prevent it from forming at all. That way you don’t have to deal with cold sores in the nose at all. This can be done effectively with vitamins and supplements.