rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


Now this is a bit weird but it’s something I do to every cold sore I get when they’re at the slight swelling not quite blister stage. As well as hitting them with zovirax, tea tree, bergamot oil and taking Llysine tablets I have noticed that I press a fingernail right into the heart of the tingling sore.
Digging your finger nail into cold sore tingle
I think I’ve always done this but I’m not sure why it helps. Does anyone else do this?

It’s almost like it’s bubbling away under the surface of my lip and is desperate to break the surface but by applying gentle pressure with my fingernail I’m pushing it back down the nerve endings.

I have no idea whether there is any reason why this would help but I’ve had two threatened cold sore attacks recently and neither have come to anything. I also find an ice block or ice pack applied to the swelling area seems to help alleviate the pain and send that cold sore packing.

Has anyone else tried repeatedly stabbing or pressing their tingling lip to send a cold sore packing?



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

One Response to Does pressing a cold sore with your fingernail stop it growing?

  1. I get lots of cold sores so I’m going to try this technique next time. I’ll let you know how I get on!

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