Fever blisters always seem to appear at the worst times. That’s why you need your cold sore gone now or the perfect cover-up!
Perhaps life has been stressful, you’ve been sick, spent too long in the sun, have undergone dental surgery, or you’ve been sleeping poorly? Each of these factors will run down your immune system, so you’re less able to fight off the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1).
During the shorter recovery time, you will also want to know how to cover up a cold sore. You don’t need to risk getting an infection to hide a cold sore from the staring glances of strangers and work colleagues. You can now conceal cold sores and treat them with a medicated patch.
If you want a patch that will heal and cover a cold sore, we recommend the Compeed Invisible Cold Sore Patch. It’s a medicated treatment that invisibly hides cold sores.
In this guide, we will provide tips on how to cover up a cold sore blister (or scab). It’s no longer necessary to put your life on hold while recovering behind closed doors. So, let’s explore your options.
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The cold sore treatment market is as broad as it has ever been due to advancements in both medicine and technology. One of these improvements is patches to hide cold sore blisters and scabs.
Serving to hide the unattractive visual and providing medicated treatment, patches are useful for covering your cold sore while avoiding messy creams. Invisible medicated patches are strong, often waterproof, and can act as a buffer between your skin and the harsh elements.
Let’s explore the most popular OTC patches on the market today.
FDA-approved, the Compeed Invisible Cold Sore Patch is the original healing patch. Made with Hydrocolloid-075 technology, Compeed’s active gel serves as a second skin. Effectively sealing the sore, one patch can offer up to 10 hours of active protection.
Acting as a virus shield, the Compeed patch will not only help to heal the site of the cold sore but also reduce the risk of contamination and viral spreading. The Compeed brand can heal your cold sores almost as fast as acyclovir 5% cream, which is a popular antiviral medication.
The Compeed Invisible Cold Sore Patch can be used at any stage by men and women. In other words, if your cold sore is in the latter stages of development, it’s a quick way of concealing the ugly visual symptoms. It’ll also absorb any of the liquid and pus that is released.
Setting it apart from other cold sore patches, the Quantum invisible patch can be used in conjunction with lip gloss or makeup.
Easy to use and designed to protect your active sore from irritants, you can blend the patch with your natural lip color. This can be useful if you’re a female in the workplace, for example.
Using hydrocolloid technology, which secures natural moisture for healing and enhanced comfort, the Lip Clear bandage also reduces the likelihood of viral transmission.
Noted below are some reasons why patches could be the smart choice for men:
If you have facial hair, it’s important to trim it so a patch can be sufficiently secured and sealed to your blister. If a blister has developed on the fringe of your top lip, you should shave your mustache in order receive the full benefits of a medicated patch.
You can use a patch for 8-10 hours before it will detach itself. For best results, you should cover your sore 24 hours per day until complete healing is achieved. This means you will likely use up to 2-3 patches per day.
There’s no need to remove your patch prematurely. Applying and reapplying the same patch will lengthen the healing process. Allowing your sore to breathe can do more harm than good. Keeping your sore covered at all times has been clinically proven to achieve the best results.
Cold sore patches have an adhesive that attaches to your skin. Applying a medicated cream compromises “most” patches and renders them useless.
Blister patches act as a second skin. Any type of moisture (cream or otherwise) between your skin and the underside of the patch is troublesome.
Applying a treatment cream is not necessary. The vast majority of patches are medicated by design, therefore supplying all of the medication that you need. Keeping your patch tight and sealed to your lip will help to accelerate the healing process.
Not all patches are waterproof, but some are strong enough to sustain the water flow of a shower. Because an average patch contains enough treatment to endure 8-10 hours, the material is sticky by design. Therefore a shower setting, waterproof by description or not, should not damage a patch.
However, for healing purposes, you may wish to make sure that your showering coincides with when you change your medicated patches. To avoid wasting a patch, it would be wise to take a shower during a transitional stage between patches.
If swimming is your concern, it is recommended that you only use a waterproof patch. Check labels and instructions carefully if you’re uncertain. Your primary care physician can also offer quality patch suggestions based on your choice of lifestyle.
Cold sore patches are deemed safe and rarely have any adverse side effects. Unless you have extremely sensitive skin or an allergic reaction to the adhesive(s), you should experience no medical issues.
Similar to a tape burn, some people may encounter minor redness once a patch is removed, but that should vanish within a few minutes.
If you develop a severe rash, experience itching, and prolonged swelling in and around the patched area, you are encouraged to seek medical attention ASAP. This could be a sign of an allergic reaction or complications resulting from an infected cold sore blister.
Kissing, most notably mouth-to-mouth kissing, should always be avoided during a cold sore outbreak. While a cold sore patch can cover an active blister, there is no reason to risk viral transfer.
Because there’s no cure for HSV-1, you should always adhere to the “better safe than sorry” approach to cold sores. The last thing you want to do is infect your partner with a virus that will affect them for the remainder of their life.
The use of a cold sore patch is for the treatment and healing. Let the patch remind you of your outbreak and take a responsible approach.
An estimated 50-80% of the United States population carries HSV-1. Acts such as kissing are likely to play a moderate role in that statistic.
As long as your patch is sealed and secure, you can eat and drink. While you should make it a point to avoid direct contact, your patch will be able to shield an active blister from debris that touches the lips, mouth, nose, cheeks, etc.
Apply a new patch after a meal if your patch has been compromised by the movements of your mouth or food particles.
Although a Band-Aid will provide no medicated/healing assistance, it can be used as a buffer against harsh elements and accidental touching. If used in a limited way, a Band-Aid can also lock in moisture and prevent cracking during the scabbing stage.
Although cold sore patches and OTC creams will provide faster healing, it is safe to apply a liquid bandage to an active blister or scab. Providing an antiseptic seal, a liquid bandage can allow the area to breathe while securing the sore within a sterilized cover.
If you have a scab on a cold sore, you ‘may’ be able to cover it with makeup. The process is fairly simple, but there are some pitfalls that you must avoid if you want this method to work for you.
We don’t recommend using makeup as a cold sore cover up, especially if it’s still at the blister or ulceration stage.
It can also be difficult to apply makeup to a scab in practice because the skin is uneven, so it doesn’t look right. There’s also a risk of getting an infection and spreading the virus to other areas of the face, mouth, and eyes.
Because cold sores are contagious, it is important to wash your hands before removing a patch, after removal, and before applying a new concealer. This will ensure that your fingers/hands are always clean and free of any contaminants. Hygiene is even more critical if you have an oozing blister. There is a significant likelihood that the underside of your patch contains pus or even blood.
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