This is just a really quick blog post about cold sores. I keep getting asked on my original cold sore blog, “The Do’s and Don’ts of cold sores”, ‘should I pop a cold sore?’

Scabbed cold sore

A scabbed cold sore

The answer?

Is NO. Nope. Never. Just don’t do it.
Apart from it being very painful cold sores are also extremely contagious and can spread if you pick them.

I know some people do find relief from popping them but if you do, wash your hands thoroughly and remember, you could be left with scarring.

My advice?

  • Use Zovirax or Abreeva at the first sign of a tingle every hour.
  • Dab on neat tea tree oil and/or bergamot oil with a cotton wool pad before bed and again first thing
  • Drink plenty of water, get plenty of sleep and avoid cold sore loving foods
  • Also take L-lysine supplement at the first sign of tingling
  • If it does develop into a nasty cold sore apply tea tree and then aloe vera to seal it in.

There are loads more cold sore tips and articles on my blog, but please, please, don’t pop them.


4 Responses to Why you should NEVER pop a cold sore

  1. Great timing on writing tis article Ruth as I have a large cold sore that’s just errupted today!!!! Clearly it’s a sign I must slow down and stop burning the candle at both ends!!!

  2. Oh no! Nightmare. Just in time for the weekend. If you have some early grey teabags hold one onto the cold sore. Sounds crazy but it dries it out quicker.

  3. Alex

    I know for a fact I have genital herpes, and I also know that I get cold sores. My issue is that I’m very acne prone. I wax my upper lip , and consequently, I get pimples. I’m still new to having the virus, so I have a hard time telling an outbreak from a pimple near my lip (which I’ve always gotten) my latest one did not tingle, but feels for sure nothing like a pimple. This being said, I’m a chronic popper…. Terrible I know, I wash my hands extermley well.

  4. Kyle

    I agree, popping your cold sore is a sure fire way to spread the virus across your lips, letaknown the rest of your body.

    Something worth mentioning though is the fact that popping also breaks the skin, which means the cold sore will actually take longer to heal!

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