Cold Sores

Cold sores, those little red bumps and blisters that linger around your mouth...we can all agree that they're not fun, but knowing what to expect can help to make them more manageable.

What are the symptoms of a cold sore?

Have you ever woken up one morning to experience a little tingling, itching, or burning around your lips or mouth – it could be the first symptoms of a cold sore.

How long do cold sores last?

So how long do these pesky things stick around? Well, luckily, cold sores should start to heal within 10 days, but in some unlucky cases, they can take up the three weeks to heal.

How to prevent cold sores from spreading

Unfortunately, cold sores love company. They're super contagious from the moment you feel that tingly sensation until they're completely healed. So it’s important, for the sake of those around you, to take precautions to avoid spreading the virus, like washing your hands often and keeping your distance from others when you have a cold sore.

Why do cold sores keep coming back?

Now, why do these stubborn cold sores keep coming back? Well, it turns out that once you've got the virus, it's there for life, just hanging out in your skin. It stays dormant but can get triggered by stress, illness, or even too much sun.

How can my pharmacy help with cold sores?

Fear not! Your local pharmacy is here to help. By booking an appointment, or simply walking in, they’ll offer all sorts of treatments that can help ease the symptoms and speed up the healing process. And here's a pro tip: start the treatment as soon as you feel that little tingle.

Cold sores might not be the most welcome guests, but with some knowledge and the right treatments, you'll be waving them goodbye in no time. Remember, you’ll pharmacy is here to help you through it!