How Long Do Cold Sores Last
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How Long Do Cold Sores Last

Dealing With Cold Sores

Topics covered: how long cold sores last, how to get rid of cold sores in one day, and how to get rid of a cold sore fast overnight.

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are viral infections caused by the virus herpes simplex virus-1. They can be contagious, from the moment they first start showing up (when you feel a slight tingling senstation around the area but no blister is visible yet) until the moment they are completely removed. And worse, they can spread from around the mouth to other places on the face, inside the mouth, the nose, and all over the body (including the genital area). Although genital herpes is most commonly related to herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), the fact of the matter is that either virus can cause outbreaks anywhere on your body.

And that’s why it becomes an afflicted person’s main goal to quickly get rid of cold sores as fast as possible.

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I first started seeing my cold sores pop up when I was almost done with High School. Back then, I thought it was just some sort of genetic thing that had been delayed and blamed it on puberty, although I now know it likely came from one of my less-than-faithful girlfriends at the time. Regardless, I’ve come to understand the nature of cold sores and that even though cold sores and herpes both get a really bad rep most of the time, they are VERY common and generally not a big deal as far as actual pain/discomfort go (if you know how to treat them well). This doesn’t mean that anyone who has them isn’t going to be devoted to curing their cold sores ASAP though.

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How to Get Rid of Cold Sores in One Day

It’s ambitious, certainly, but lets be honest, most people aren’t trying to figure out what’s the deal with cold sores while their skin is completely clear. I certainly wasn’t. If you’re here, you likely want to know how to get rid of cold sores in one day because you’ve just noticed an outbreak and have something pressing you want to attend without feel self-conscious about people looking at you. Or maybe its your first outbreak and you just want to get rid of them as soon as possible.

It is definitely possible to speed up removal of cold sores, but to expect them gone in a day is a bit of stretch. Possible with luck and/or fast implementation of good treatments, but mostly a stretch. Here are some of the top treatments I’ve tried out personally and seen decent success with:

cold sore free forever1. Cold Sore Free Forever. This is my most recommended cold sore treatment program. I’m a big fan of this one because it promises that you’ll get rid of your cold sores in as short as 8 hours, and when I personally followed it I got rid of mine after a day and half in the middle of the blister phase (2 days in). It’s also great because it teaches you how to keep your cold sores down in the future as well, effectively acting as a one-time cure for all your future cold sore problems. If you want to read more about the program, visit the official site at .

2. Abreva Cold Sore treatment cream. This is a good one, the only problem I have with it is that it’s not a permanent/never-ending solution. You have to keep buying more and more cream as your cold sores continue to pop up, which means the price stacks up very quickly. It does work, but keep in mind shipping time if you’re looking to figure out how to get rid of a cold sore fast overnight or something. Get it here.

3. Releev 1 Day Cold Sore Symptom Treatment. I don’t actually like this. It’s pricey, but also a cream, which means eventually you’ll run out and need to buy some more. And at $20 a pop that is going to add up extremely quickly. But I know people who swear by it and it does seem to get rid of cold sores in a reasonable time (48-72 hours). So it makes the list but it’s not my favorite choice personally. You can still try it though, it’s possible your results with it will blow mine out of the water.

How Long Do Cold Sores Last?

This is a tricky question, because it depends on many factors. Cold sores actually go through a cycle.

Stage 1. The initial stage of a cold sore outbreak is when you begin to feel the symptoms of a standard cold sore as it begins to form. These symptoms include but are not limited to tightness, tingling, soreness, and itching around the lips. The stage most commonly takes around one to two days to complete.

Stage 2. This is the maturation stage of your cold sore. As the viral infection continues to develop, you’ll notice a clump of blisters forming. These blisters are going to be mostly vibrant red, and fluid filled (and disgusting to boot). Right now, the battle begins. The virus has gathered its forces to attack your bodies cells, and your body isn’t going to take this assault lying down. Inside your blisters there is an actually fight going between the virus and your body’s immune system. This stage normally lasts for 2 days. (So right now you’re anywhere between days 2-4)

Stage 3. Eruption This usually occurs 4 to 5 days into your outbreak. It’s going to be the most painful stage as well. Your blisters are going to be ready to pop, and whether you irritate them or not they may just burst open randomly and cause extreme pain. The newly exposed areas will then start to scab over as your body tries to heal the rupturing.

Stage 4. Scabs – This is where you’ll be dealing with an outbreak of scabs to match your ruptured blisters. They’ll be a bit itchy too, but avoid scratching them because the scabs act as a protective layer as your body does it’s job finally eliminating what remains of the blisters. Unfortunately, even if you do refrain from touching them to the best of your ability, there is still a chance of them randomly cracking open or bleeding. This process usually occurs on days 5-8.

Stage 5. The Dawn. Finally the sun rises once again as your body has managed to wrestle back control from the virus. The scabs will peel off around days 8-10 of your symptoms.

Now, this is the natural cycle that cold sores progress through as from formation to eradication. Is it possible to speed this up with certain treatments and medicines? Absolutely. The list above is what I’ve personally seen good success trying out, but you’re welcome to utilize anything you want.

How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore Fast Overnight

Once you’ve picked one of those three solutions, here are some other tips you can combine with them to try and see a serious reduction in your cold sores as fast as possible:

  • If you have vanilla extract, apply it to your blisters to soak them.
  • Clean the blisters with hydrogen peroxide
  • Obviously, avoid irritating the blisters by scratching them. Be careful with your toothbrush as well.

Good luck, with all of these methods combined if you’re anything like me you’ll see a serious reduction in your cold sores overnight!

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