Cold sore: (n) an inflamed blister near the mouth, caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus.
Treating a cold sore is an example of a microcosm of all human self-improvement.
- First, you have to be willing to admit you have one.
No–it’s not dry crusty “corner-mouth.”
You didn’t burn yourself on jalapeno juice.
And it’s not because you haven’t had the chance for a big yawn.
There is actually something growing there, threatening to take over all lip service.
- It doesn’t get better because you pick at it.
Yes, we’re human beings so we pick at our problems instead of addressing them and trying to heal them. Picking off the top layer of dead skin only leaves the underlying layer of bright red, infected skin.
And as unbelievable as it may sound, some people find it a little gross to see you pick at your cold sore.
- The cold sore has an agenda–so you’d better get one as well.
To evict them demands that you use extreme measures.
Some folks try the septic pencil. (Not only does this hurt like hell, sting and often make the sores bleed, but it has have never been proven to be effective.)
- Antibiotics do not kill viruses.
Yes, a cold sore is a virus. We’re just going to leave out the whole discussion of the word “herpes.”
As a virus it cannot be treated with antibiotics, though people often rush to the doctor to get a scrip of the anti-bios.
- It’s almost impossible to cover a cold sore with make-up.
Actually, you might want to say the cold sores sport make-up. They accentuate that you have a well-made-up mountain at the corner of your mouth.
- The truth is, if you increase your fluids, get a little more rest, don’t pick at it, and try not to draw too much attention, it normally will depart within a week to ten days.
Having a cold sore is not a pleasant experience (and every once in a while, one will occupy both corners of your mouth, as if going North and South to fight in the Civil War.)
Be patient, child of God. You are not alone.
The only guarantee for making yourself socially unacceptable is to lose your cool and run through your office complex, screaming and begging for somebody to cut the little boogers off your face.
This is extreme.
There is no cold sore that has not found a human face it does not like.
Coming soon to a crevice near you…