What is a Cold Sore?

What is a Cold Sore?

by amortech, November 26, 2015

We’ve explored how to avoid cold sores, what triggers them and how you can live cold-sore free. We decided it was time to return to the fundamentals, and explain the basics of cold sores, what causes them and where they come from. Cold sores, otherwise known as fever blisters, are groups of small blisters that reside around the mouth and lips. The skin around the blisters is often red and sore, and after several days, will break and scab over. A cold sore outbreak can last up to 2 weeks. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There’s two types of HSV: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus … Continue reading

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Using Makeup to Hide a Cold Sore

Using Makeup to Hide a Cold Sore

by Intercept CS, October 30, 2015

You’ve got a big event coming up in a few days, but yesterday you felt that oh-so familiar tingle. Now your face is battling a full-blown cold sore, and you’ve got nowhere to hide. So here’s your guide to covering up that cold sore so you can stay stress-free on your big day. When to Use Makeup Cold sores mostly appear after illness or when your immune system is stressed. Using makeup such as a concealer may help, but the timing can be tricky. It’s not recommended to try to cover up a cold sore that is not partially healed or scabbed over, as the blister could be irritated and … Continue reading

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Cold Sores & Your Eyes

Cold Sores & Your Eyes

by Intercept CS, September 18, 2015

Over our various blog articles, we have discussed how cold sores affect parts of the body other than the lips. While the HSV-1 and HSV-2 virus strains are the most common, there’s also the Herpes Zoster or HZV, Cytomegalovirus or CMV, and others. How Can Cold Sores Affect My Eyes? HSV-1 is the most common strain to affect the eyes, which is also the strain that causes cold sores. Herpes Zoster, the same strain that causes chickenpox in children and shingles for adults, can also affect the eyes. The cornea of the eye is the most susceptible part of the eye to infection. When the cornea of the eye becomes … Continue reading

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Worst Times to Get a Cold Sore

Worst Times to Get a Cold Sore

by Intercept CS, September 4, 2015

We all know that there’s no “good time” to get a cold sore, but they always seem to appear at the worst possible opportunities. If you find yourself with one of these upcoming events or milestones coming, you’ll want to grab your InterceptCS and zap that cold sore away before the big day! 1. Weddings                 An almost guaranteed situation for a cold sore to appear, weddings can bring out the best – and worst – in us. Often hectic and stressful, these are the perfect conditions for a cold sore outbreak to occur. Lasting upwards of 2-3 weeks, you can be sure … Continue reading

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How to Make a Cold Sore Heal Faster

How to Make a Cold Sore Heal Faster

by Intercept CS, August 20, 2015

Cold sore are ruthless in during outbreaks; painful, long-lasting and unsightly, anyone who suffers from recurring cold sore outbreaks knows the struggle. Often we look for ways to shorten the duration of a cold sore outbreak however we can – but figuring out what works and what doesn’t can be a hassle. We’ve compiled a list of natural, at-home remedies that you can use to make a cold sore heal faster today, so you can stop worrying about cold sores for good! The first tell-tail sign of a cold sore is the tingling. Once a spot on the lip starts tingling, a cold sore is not far behind. Once the … Continue reading

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Cold Sores for Women

Cold Sores for Women

by Intercept CS, August 14, 2015

A Women’s Guide to Managing & Preventing Cold Sores. Are you a victim of recurring cold sores? Or does your partner have a not-so hidden mark above their lips? For whatever reason you need, cold sores can be big trouble if not handled properly. So here’s our list of the most important things women need to know about cold sore outbreaks. Cold Sores are HSV-1 The herpes simplex virus is split into two different categories: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is the strand of virus that causes oral infections, while HSV-2 affects the genitals. Both can be transferred to the other part of the body during infection, which is why it’s … Continue reading

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Cold Sore Prevention Diet

Cold Sore Prevention Diet

by Intercept CS, July 16, 2015

There’s been many studies done on the link between diet and cold sore outbreaks. Much like other parts of the body, your diet can affect how your body functions and performs tasks. By giving your body the best possible food, rich in vitamins and minerals, you help your body fight off harmful cold sore outbreaks. Start with Quercetin The flavonoids that give plants, fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors also contain a vital cold sore combating mineral. Quercetin, one of the most ample flavonoids in nature, can be particularly effective at reducing cold sore outbreaks. Good food sources you should include in your diet that have Quercetin are: Capers Apples … Continue reading

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