How to get rid of cold sores fast? Its a question that a lot of people who are affected by this disease wonder about. People who have recently picked up this variant of the herpes virus wonder Are cold sores contagious? When is the next outbreak going to happen?
Yes Cold Sores (or also known as Fever blisters) are very contagious in their blistering state. Fever blisters can be in their dormant state for months and months then a outbreak occurs which lasts from two to twelve days. Then It could go into remission state again and there can be a significant period of time in between the next out break. But there are one of several different things can trigger another outbreak.
There has been some suggestion about using such methods like a alcohol based mouth wash to dry out the affected area so it can start the healing process (even if I do not advise this), even tea bags are being needed witch hazel for that to work. A more painful (and not recommended method) is grinding salt into the area with a spoon or your finger. I am pretty sure that will wake you up in the morning!
There are currently some OTC (over the counter) medicines that can speed up the process but until there is a cure, when a outbreak hits you must be sure to limit your exposure to other people. Mostly keep away from skin to skin contact that means no kissing as it mostly effects the mouth and lips area. Be sure to throw away your toothbrush after your outbreak is done because it can actually keep re-infecting you over and over.
Do not share eating utensils or meals with anyone who has not got a cold sore, be sure to wash your hands frequently. Maybe even getting a hand sanitizer could help stop the spread of cold sore virus during your outbreak. Steps you can take to stop the blistering is to take vitamin C and get plenty of rest. Try to avoid stress as that can cause a break out. Also watch what you eat as some dairy foods, meat and nuts as they contain amino acids which can cause flare ups. Some citrus foods can irritate the blister when you have a outbreak.
These little steps can help you with your outbreak and live a more normal life by taking control of the outbreaks. And less the chance of the blisters appears when it is most inconvenient.