How to apply cold sore cream in the most efficient way possible
So, you've found yourself stuck with a loathsome cold sore for what could possibly be the next ten days. Terrific. But don't worry - after all, it's nothing to be ashamed about. The majority of people on the planet carry the HSV-1 virus, with around 20-30% experiencing the visible symptoms. Not to mention, most cold sores usually clear up on their own without the need of any treatment in 7 to 10 days.
Still, it would be nice to speed up that process a little. So you do a bit of research and find that Herstat cold sore cream can shorten the painful blister's life cycle by an average of 3.5 days…perfect! But it's not just what cream you use to combat cold sores that matters; exercising the right amount of care and caution when you tackle the infected area becomes an important factor in the healing process as well. Here are some quick tips on the best way to apply Herstat ointment.
Wash your hands
Just like when you apply any topical cream, it's always a safe bet to make sure you have thoroughly washed your hands with an antibacterial soap beforehand so that no bacteria from your fingers gets to the affected area. Likewise, wash them again after the application.
Dab, don't rub
Gently dabbing the area proves to be best for the skin. Rubbing the ointment in too vigorously can lead to further skin damage and cracking, something that, as you are no doubt aware, can be very painful. In fact, you shouldn't be touching your cold sores whatsoever apart from the periodic light application of a cold sore treatment. Otherwise, leave them well alone! Or else you will agitate the skin and spread the infection.
Little and often
There is no need to smother yourself in Herstat to get the full benefit of its effects. Instead, a thin layer applied every two hours, five or more times a day, will get you back to being blister-free in no time.
Don't share medication
Lastly, be sure not to share your cream with another person. Cold sores are very contagious, especially when they break and leak, and you don't want to keep a never-ending vicious cycle of infection going between you and another unfortunate sufferer. You can take extra precautions to stop a proliferation of sores in your household by avoiding mugs, glasses, cutlery, and towels which are used by other family members.