Cold Sores

Cold sores are a common viral infection that start as red bumps and develop into painful blisters around the lips and mouth. The first symptom of a cold sore is a tingling, itching, or burning feeling in these areas. The sooner the cold sore is treated the more effective healing will be.

person with cold sores on lower lip

What are the symptoms of cold sores?

Cold sores can be a major annoyance, but knowing the warning signs can help you manage them effectively. Keep an eye out for that tingling, itching, or burning feeling - it could be the start of a cold sore. 

How long do cold sores last?

Cold sores can be irritating and painful, but they should start to heal within 10 days.

Are cold sores contagious?

Yes, cold sores are highly contagious from the very moment you feel that tingling sensation until they have completely healed. It's important to take precautions to prevent spreading the virus to others, like washing your hands frequently and avoiding close contact with others when you have a cold sore.

Why do cold sores keep coming back?

Once you have the virus, it stays in your skin for life, often lying dormant until triggered by stress, illness, or sun exposure. Most people are exposed to the virus at a young age through close skin-to-skin contact.

There are various treatments to help alleviate the symptoms of cold sores and speed up the healing process. From antiviral medications to over-the-counter creams, we have everything you need to kiss those cold sores goodbye. Starting treatment as soon as you recognise the early tingling feeling is the best way to get rid of cold sores fast.

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