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Cut out cold sores

Cut out cold sores

They're irritable, horrible to look at and are enough to put anyone of kissing you; that's right, we're talking about cold sores. Small blisters that develop either directly on the lip or around your mouth, these little devils are caused by the herpes simplex virus, which is usually spread through direct contact with someone contaminated. However in some cases triggers such as fatigue, an injury to the area in question and even the menstrual cycle.

"Cold weather leads to dry, chapped lips and is a known trigger for cold sores," Dr. Kuldeep Minocha of Absolute Aesthetics told Cover Media. "Maintaining your lips in the best possible health, for example keeping them well hydrated and moisturised will significantly reduce the risk of developing a cold sore."

You'll feel a tingling or itching sensation at first before they appear and they often last around seven to 10 days without treatment. But if you want to get rid of them quicker, here's some tips.

First things first DON'T touch them, this will only aggravate the area more and affect healing time, and make sure you clean your mouth after eating so no leftovers linger.

As for what to use to make them disappear, you have a few options on offer. Antiviral creams/gels were made to speed up the healing process and are easy to get a hold of in pharmacies or even supermarkets. But they work best when applied in the super early stages as this is when the virus is starting to replicate, so you want to catch it before it spreads. Adding the cream around four or five times a day should do the trick, though do note that it's the cold sores which are treated, not the virus. There's plenty of options, from Prevasore to Blistex Relief Cream. Tablets are usually more effective, though these are usually prescribed for more severe cases.

Patches work a treat too, as they seal the blisters and prevent the virus spreading as well soothing irritation and preventing a scab. It also disguises the cold sore, which is a confidence booster if you're feeling insecure about your mouth.

If they're causing a lot of pain, don't shy away from painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen to help. And as tempting as it may be to cover it up with make-up, you want to keep your cold sore free from bacteria and let it breathe.

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