Every cold sore sufferer knows how painful and embarrassing cold sores and cold sore scabs can be. Due the the location of the cold sore (and cold sore scabs) their really is no way for the person infected to hide it. The scab that covers the cold sore can look even worse than the cold sore itself but the temptation to pick or touch it must be resisted. Picking at cold sore scabs will only delay healing time and could even infect the area so always refrain from touching the area. Fortunately their are ways to help speed up the healing process.
1) Always remember that the purpose of the scab is to help heal what’s underneath. Healing starts from the inside out so removing the scab by picking or touching it can only delay the healing process. Another problem with removing the scab to early is that you can be left with red marks which take a long time to disappear. While Aloe Vera works wonders on the area, it can still take time to heal.
2) The scab may be itchy but touching the scab and then touching other areas can in fact spread the virus. If you are finding the area to itchy then apply over the counter creams to reduce the problem but make sure you wash your hands straight after.
3) Always keep the area clean and infection free. Do not wash the area while washing your face as this can spread the infection, gently dabbing the infected area with a clean towel should be sufficient. Once you have finished washing the area make sure the towel is thoroughly washed.
4) Always apply petroleum jelly to the area, this will help keep cold sore scabs soft and stop them from bleeding or cracking. This will also mean faster healing underneath the scab and therefore the scab will be gone much sooner.
5) Try using topical ointments such as such as benzyl alcohol or Lidocaine to give some relief to the area. These should both help speed up the healing process and moisten the cold sore scabs.
6) Finally you can try to numb cold sore scabs using creams such as Abreva or Orajel. I personally use it as it also keeps the scab from going dry and cracking.
All of the above will without doubt help you with your cold sore scabs but always remember the best course of action is to prevent cold sores in the first place. This can be done using a variety of different methods that include sleep, diet and bringing your stress under control.
You can find a full list of actions you can take towards preventing cold sores and therefore cold sore scabs here. Always take action when you are healthy and cold sore free as by the time the cold sore is visible it is too late to prevent it and you can only help yourself by limiting the cold sores lifespan.
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