So…you have a cold sore that won’t heal, huh? This can be a real dilemma if you let it. But lucky for you I have the answer to your question. Oh, what question is that, you ask? The title of this article is practically reading your mind! You want to know what can you do about cold sores that don’t want to heal, right? Don’t worry my friend, together we’ll get to the bottom of this. OK?
First of all, I hope that since you have this problem you have been doing your homework or research on the whole cold sore problem. I hope so because if you have this problem and it is a recurring one, educating yourself on cold sores/fever blisters, (whatever you want to call them…), is half the battle. But just in case you haven’t, let me give you a quick lesson.
Cold sores are a direct result of the herpes simplex virus. Yes my friend, I hate to say it but you have contracted herpes. Don’t have a fit because you are in very good company. Nearly a THIRD of the world’s population has this particular type of herpes virus! HSV-1 is the type of herpes that you have my friend. This is the type of herpes that generally causes the cold sores on your mouth. It is also the most common form of herpes.
HSV-2 is the herpes that everyone from your best friend to your high school health teacher warned you about. This is the one that carries the dreaded sexual baggage with it. While it is true that HSV-2 is contagious, HSV-1 is equally just as contagious! Both types of herpes you will carry with you to the end and both rear their ugly heads at the most inopportune times. Mostly during times of stress in your life. But you want to know how to get rid of a cold sore that won’t heal, right?
Well, there are several reasons why this cold sore won’t heal. You have to realize also that the average lifespan of a fever blister is from 1 to 2 weeks! So with that being said let’s get to the most obvious reason why it won’t heal: your diet. Are you still eating the same things that you ate BEFORE you got the blister? If so, change up or leave the junk food alone until it can heal. Junk foods like potato chips you already know contain a lot of salt, and salty foods for some reason feed the cold sore so it has no reason to go away.
Another thing to consider is that as much as you want this thing to go away, camouflaging it with makeup can have the opposite effect. You can actually aggravate the problem and make it worse. So leave the makeup alone until the entire healing process is over.