Cold sores go through five distinct stages in their relatively short lifespan. But, during that time, they can be painful and unsightly.
Whether you choose to treat a cold sore or not act is a matter of personal preference, but early treatment with the Virulite Electronic Device during the tingling stage is highly recommended. It can substantially reduce the healing time and prevent the oozing if you take action when you first experience the tingle.
Cold sores will eventually go away on their own. But for most people, the worst thing about a cold sore is the oozing of a clear liquid from an open blister during stage 3. So, knowing how to stop a cold sore from weeping can be a valuable lesson to learn.
The initial symptom of a fever blisters is a tingling sensation on the lip line. Then, a blister will form. A few days later, that blister may start oozing liquid. Then, that blister will crust or scab over, and then start to heal.
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As a fever blister develops, it fills with pus/liquid. This yellowish-brown fluid forms as your immune system’s response to the herpes virus. As the blister stage of the cold sore lifecycle transitions into the ulcer stage, the blisters burst. Once it bursts, the result is an open sore and drainage of fluid. This can be minimal or quite excessive depending on the size of the blisters.
The drainage of yellow fluid is normal and healthy. Although the visual can leave something to be desired, the oozing is natural. Fluid drainage is a sign of healing. This means that your blisters have popped (presumably naturally) and you are one step closer to the end of the lifecycle.
Cold sore pus oozing will last until the last bit of fluid has been released. Many times, the duration of drainage is determined by the size of the sores. This varies from person-to-person and will also vary within your own blisters. Some will drain faster than others.
As long as your blister drainage is contained in a sanitary way, you should be fine. Cold sore bursting (and oozing) is the hallmark of the ulcer stage. You can take heart in knowing that no stage lasts more than 48-72 hours. Before long your sore will be replaced by a scab.
Listed below is an overview of the cold sore lifecycle and what you can expect.
While the average cold sore lifecycle can last roughly ten days (or more) via natural means, you can reduce this time. You can potentially cut your outbreak from 10 days down to as little as 72-96 hours with the Virulite Electronic Device. It’s an FDA-approved treatment that works.
If your cold sores can be dried out during the blister stage, it is possible to bypass the weeping stage to some degree. Because weeping primarily depends on the size of your blisters, drying out each sore will diminish the fluid inside. The more each sore dries, the less liquid it will contain.
Bypassing the weeping stage does not mean avoiding the ulcer stage. What is left of your blisters (even after being dried out) will still burst. The only question is how much of the fluid has remained inside.
If you are having trouble getting sore oozing and weeping under control, there are techniques that you can use. These include drying measures and protective sealing methods.
Noted below are a few techniques and products that can keep blister oozing under control:
If your cold sore has popped on its own, you have nothing to worry about. This is the blister stage transitioning to the ulcer stage. This is a normal and healthy process.
The only time you should be concerned is if your blister has popped accidentally. You must clean the area and monitor any unusual changes. Sores that pop through unnatural means can prompt viral spreading and infection. Not to mention delayed healing and potential scarring.
Being proactive during pus drainage is essential. Through the use of gauze and cotton balls, you can better contain any oozing. Limiting where the pus goes after escaping the blister is important.
The drainage of pus is not a sign of infection but rather a natural part of the healing cycle.
Although pus draining from a blister is not pleasant, the occurrence is a positive sign. A bursting blister means you are one step closer to the scab stage and complete healing.
Prolonged blisters that do not pop could be a sign of infection. That would directly imply that something is wrong. Infection could be to blame for a blister that refuses to burst.
While some blood loss can occur during the scab stage, bleeding can also take place during the ulcer stage. Blood that appears in fluid drainage is not entirely uncommon.
Blood that forms within pus is often a sign of skin damage that has taken place to the blister itself. Because cold sores invade the healthy skin, that area becomes victimized by the blister cluster. Blood found in pus drainage is likely due to skin becoming cracked during the blister stage.
The appearance of blood is usually nothing to worry about. It is important to remember that a cold sore is a flesh wound. The area where the sore resides has harmed existing flesh.
Once the ulcer stage develops, that portion of the skin has become somewhat of a crater. It has been torn away from the inside out. This form of damage can result in bleeding. This is similar to that of most any other type of abrasion or deep cut on the body.
The ideal time to stop a blister before it forms is during the tingle stage. If you can identify the symptoms (tingling, burning, itching, etc.), you can be proactive and begin to apply treatment. Selections such as HERP-B-GONE can do a world of good.
While there are no guarantees of stopping a blister, the sooner you act, the sooner the outbreak will be gone. Acting fast can speed up the lifecycle of a cold sore thus relegating the entire outbreak to only 72 hours or so. This is a far cry from the 10-14 day duration that untreated outbreaks require.
The best treatment during the cold sore weeping stage is a drying agent. Essential oils can dry out cold sores during the ulcer stage and reduce fluid drainage.
Concealing your sore with a moisture barrier is also wise. There are several ways to lock in moisture while eliminating unpleasant drainage. The goal is to keep the ulcer quarantined until scabbing takes hold. This is a wise choice if viral spreading is one of your primary concerns.
Fever blisters are contagious from the start of the tingle stage until the scab has fallen off.
Contrary to popular belief, the scab stage is still a contagious stage. Just because the ulcer has been crusted over does not mean the virus has returned to a dormant state. It is merely shielded. Only one accidental or deliberate tear of your scab can result in potential viral spreading.
The question of fever blisters being contagious is often asked by those who are in a relationship. For that reason, we advise you to avoid kissing and any oral sexual activity until new skin has replaced your scab. It is best to wait until your lip has completely healed.