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Preventing the Spread of Cold Sores

Cold sores are contagious and as a cold sore sufferer you will, at some point, have contracted the virus as a result of coming into contact, at least indirectly, with someone who was experiencing an outbreak.

Ever since that date, you will have had to endure living with cold sores so will no doubt be keen to avoid passing the virus on to anyone else. But how you do you go about preventing fluid from a cold sore blister coming into contact with another person, something that can be especially difficult if you have a congested family, work or social life. After all, all it takes is one kiss, accidentally shared cutlery or body-to-body contact for infected fluid and saliva to transmit the virus from you to another person.

Below we take a look at what you can do to reduce the possibility of another person ever having to Google the phrase “best cold sore treatment”.

Identify your triggers

The first thing you can do to avoid passing the cold sore virus on to others is to be aware of your very first cold sore trigger signs.

Not only does knowing your triggers give you the opportunity to apply cold sore treatment early, allowing you to both reduce symptoms and the duration of your outbreak, but it also minimises the chances of you spreading the infection to other parties.

As such, as soon as you experience any of the regular signs of a cold sore outbreak – for most it is that “tell-tale tingling” – apply your cold sore cream in order to take command of the healing process.

Maintaining boundaries

If you have an active cold sore, you will want to ensure that you avoid any skin-to-skin contact with another person, particularly babies and young children, for whom a cold sore outbreak can be a serious medical event.

And, of course, be sure not to share any food, drink, make-up, lip-balm, ice-creams or dips.

Lastly, you will need to be ensuring impeccable hand hygiene and where possible keeping your hands away from both your mouth and shared possessions.


Herstat’s cold sore treatment speeds the healing process and offers relief from symptoms. In fact, Herstat cold sore treatment was shown to work 3.53 days faster than a placebo during a trial, with 93.9% of the participants (who had unknowingly used our effective treatment) stating they would use it again.

Herstat can be used at any stage of a cold sore outbreak and by reducing its duration also reduces the possibility of you spreading the infection to other people. Order your tube today.