The HSV-1 will live dormant inside you, but certain triggers cause flare ups. Even though fever blisters aren’t harmful, they aren’t pleasant to deal with. They can cause pain, scabbing, and discomfort. So, what are some simple, but important ways to stop cold sore itching and tingling?
A cold sore will eventually go away on its own. It has to go through a healing process, which can take several days. Throughout those days, however, there are certain things you can do to make the experience less intense.
Cold sores may start out small, but most will eventually start to ‘crust over,’ and scab. That’s when the itchiness and tingling sensation usually begins. If the scab bursts open, it can cause more discomfort. There are ways that this can be avoided.
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Simple Ways to Stop a Cold Sore from Itching and Tingling
Let’s look at ten ways to stop the itching, tingling, and pain of cold sores:
There are over-the-counter products, such as HERP-B-GONE, that will soothe cold sore itching and tingling.
Because of the antiviral properties, they are designed not only to help soothe the discomfort of a cold sore blister itching, but also to heal the sore itself. That can help to reduce the overall time it takes for the sore to go away completely.
Unsightliness is the biggest complaint people have when they get a cold sore. So, a product that can conceal a cold sore and/or reduce healing time is a ‘win-win’ situation.
Cold sores often can be triggered by cold weather. That makes it much easier for your lips, and the area around your mouth to ‘crack.’ By keeping your lips moisturized, you can not only reduce the risk of cold sores, but you can soothe existing ones.
By carrying a simple lip balm around with you (even an antiviral balm), you can keep your lips moistened. This lessens the likelihood that the blister will crack, and get worse. Click on the link below to find out about one of the best options:
Soothe with Ice
Putting something exceptionally cold on a cold sore might seem impractical, but it works! By taking a piece of ice and placing it directly on the blister for a few minutes, you’re essentially ‘numbing’ the pain.
This isn’t necessarily a quick fix to get rid of the sore itself. However, if you’re experiencing a lot of cold sore scab itching, it can help to alleviate the problem. If you use ice on the blister in its early stages, it can actually help to lessen the severity of it.
It does this by decreasing the amount of blood flow to the problem area.
After a crust has formed on your cold sore, apply ointment with zinc oxide. Zinc can reduce the painful symptoms associated with the blisters, and reduce healing time.
It’s important to use this kind of ointment only after the blister has crusted over, not before. If you apply it early on in the ‘life’ of your cold sore, it could actually extend the healing time. No matter what, though, it should help you to deal with any tingling or itching sensations.
Vitamin E can be used as a healing substance for many different injuries and ailments. A cold sore is no different. To get the most out of the vitamin, you can dip a cotton ball or cloth into a bit of Vitamin E oil. Then, simply place the soaked piece of cotton onto the cold sore for about 10-15 minutes. You should feel a soothing sensation in no time.
Again, it will also help to promote faster healing. The best part about Vitamin E? It’s natural, so you can use as needed, multiple times a day.
Milk contains proteins that serve as antibodies, which help to speed up the healing process of the blisters. It also contains L-lysine, which helps fight off amino acids that can cause fever blister outbreaks.
By simply soaking a piece of cotton or cloth in milk, and holding it against the cold sore, you should be able to find instant relief. Again, this is an all-natural solution that you can use as needed, whenever the tingling and itching sensation becomes too uncomfortable to handle.
Try making a paste with cornstarch and a bit of water. When that paste is directly applied to the cold sore, it can provide instant, soothing relief. Cold sores thrive in an acidic environment. Corn starch can help to balance out the pH of the sore and neutralize it.
When that happens, not only will it help with the itching, but it can help to heal the sore faster. Any sort of acidic environment is only going to allow the sore to thrive. Neutralizing it with something as simple as cornstarch can make a big difference.
Aloe plants, or ointments with aloe vera both work well. Because of aloe’s natural healing properties, it can lessen the duration of the blister. It can be applied topically to the sore as often as you’d like, to provide relief from any burning or tingling.
The ‘science’ behind using toothpaste on a cold sore is little more than anecdotal. But, many people swear by it’s soothing properties. Toothpaste does help to inhibit blisters, which can keep them from cracking open and causing so much pain.
Many people choose to mix toothpaste and a bit of sea salt together, and then apply them as a paste on the sore. The sea salt is a natural antibacterial agent, while the toothpaste helps to heal the blister. Combined, they can provide relief from burning, itching, etc.
Apply a dab of the mixture at night, and rinse away in the morning for best results.
It’s easy to say the best way to avoid cold sore symptoms is to avoid getting a cold sore in the first place. While it’s not entirely possible all the time, there are preventative steps you can take.
These can be used to keep a cold sore from happening, or to help speed up the healing process. The most important thing you can do is be aware of your mouth. Don’t make contact with anyone who currently has a cold sore. The virus spreads quickly and easily, so avoiding contact is as easy solution.
Make sure to keep your lips moisturized, as well. Again, cold sores thrive in cold, dry air, so creating a moisture barrier can keep the pain from becoming severe.
You can also protect your lips with everything from sunscreen, to simple lemon lip balm. Anything you can do to create a barrier between external elements and your mouth can be beneficial.
Treating Common Cold Sore Symptoms
A fever blister goes through a predictable lifecycle. Once it forms, the blister bursts, and crusts over. Then, the real healing process begins. Unfortunately, there are two downfalls to that healing process.
- It can be visually embarrassing.
- It can also be uncomfortable or painful.
Most of the solutions soothe the discomfort caused by cold sores and help to speed up the healing process. Again, most cold sores will heal on their own. But throughout that ‘lifecycle,’ the blister can burst open again and again. Not only does that lengthen the healing time, but it opens up the possibility of infection. So, while you can leave a cold sore to chance, you’re also risking your health.
As you can see, there are plenty of simple ways to stop cold sore itching and tingling. No matter what other symptoms you may be facing, finding relief is likely at the top of your priority list. Take comfort in knowing these treatment options are as soothing as they are healing. The sooner you get rid of the cold sore with HERP-B-GONE cream, the sooner the discomfort of it will be a distant memory.