Baxter’s Bites Week 1: Cold Sores

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Welcome to Baxter’s Bites Week 1 – Cold Sores

Cold sores are a viral infection found on the lips and face and are easily passed on. Early treatment with an anti-viral cream can reduce the duration of a cold sore by half.

Cold Sores Stages
General Advice

  • Earlier treatment reduces the severity and duration of the cold sore.
  • Ideally, you should treat at the tingle stage but if you miss this, just treat as soon as possible.
  • If you get regular cold sores, keep a cold sore cream to hand, so that you can treat the blister or tingle straight away.
  • Avoid contact with other parts of your body as the virus can spread quickly.
  • Do not have close physical contact with others.
  • Wash your hands regularly during an attack to avoid spreading the virus.
  • Use a separate towel for the cold sore area.
  • Wear a good lip sunscreen because the strong sun can trigger cold sores.
(Rowland’s pharmacy 2017)

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Remember if after 10 days’ you still have a cold sore then go to see your GP!


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