What Are Cold Sores?

Cold sores are anything but subtle. Not only can they look unsightly, but they can be a major source of pain. Learn more about the lifecycle of cold sores and their proper treatment.

A manifestation of the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), cold sores often appear as small blisters on or around your lips, passed from person to person typically by saliva or skin contact. Drinking from the same glass or using the same towel can also spread the infection. The main symptoms you might experience during an outbreak include pain, local tingling, burning, and itching.

Once you’ve contracted the virus, cold sore outbreaks are typically brought on by fatigue occurring as a result of situations ranging from major life events to simply catching a cold. Because there is no cure for cold sores, it’s important to begin treating the symptoms at the first sign of an outbreak in order to tackle the pain and discomfort early on.

Campho-Phenique® Cold Sore Treatment provides maximum strength medicine to dry out the cold sore without causing cracking. Both of the actives in the medicine, Camphor and Phenol, act as a topical analgesic as well as an antiseptic, working on contact to relieve the pain and itching while preventing infections to promote healing. And it keeps the skin around the lesion moist to help prevent cracking.

If you’re prone to cold sore outbreaks, consider keeping Campho-Phenique products in your medicine cabinet to ensure you can treat cold sore symptoms as soon as they occur.

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