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How to Keep Your Cold Sores from Spreading

Cold Sores

Has an unsightly cold sore kept you from leaving the house? Do you want to learn ways to prevent the virus from spreading? If you do, there are some easy options for you to try.

The herpes simplex virus — also known as cold sores and fever blisters — often appear on the face, normally around the lips, nose, cheeks, chin, and even the inside of a person’s mouth. The virus is easily spread to other parts of the body as well as other people because there is no known treatment.

Stop Cold Sores from Spreading

STD Testing is the Right Way to Go

One of the best options is to have a STD test done as a form of prevention if you’ve been in contact with someone who has a cold sore. This preventative measure keeps you from spreading the herpes simplex virus without even knowing you have it. Once you’ve tested positive, spring into action to prevent cold sores from wreaking havoc on you and the people around you.

No Touching or Picking Your Fever Blisters

Here’s another thing you can do that’s very helpful. Do not, under any circumstances, touch the cold sore with your hands. It may be tempting to touch it because cold sores become hard and painful especially when they’re drying out. Instead, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and apply a topical pain relieving cream to the cold sores while wearing a pair of gloves.

Preventing Others from Getting Your Cold Sores

Wash your hands frequently, do not share personal items such as toothbrushes, towels, and lip balm with others, and refrain from kissing anyone until the cold sores have gone away. Your doctor may prescribe a medication that speeds up the healing of fever blisters. Make sure to speak to him or her about your cold sores and ask for advice on how to get rid of them as quickly as possible.

Accurate, Reliable STD Testing

ARCpoint Labs nationwide are equipped to provide accurate STD testing for individuals. When you need quick, confidential results, visit one of our walk-in facilities. We would be happy to discreetly serve you. To get started, find your nearest location. 

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