Common questions about cold sores, blisters, corns and calluses? Find useful answers you are seeking here.
Blisters are skin injuries and as such are exposed to infections. If you have an intact blister then there is no need to puncture it to use Compeed®. Don’t try to deroof it, or you will create an entryway for infections. If the blister is already deroofed due to constant rubbing, clean thoroughly and then apply an protective plaster such as Compeed® blister plaster to cushion and protect the open blister from the outside.
Blister fluid encourages new growth and regeneration of the underlying skin. There is no need to drain a blister to treat it with Compeed®. Compeed® Blister plasters provide a moist healing environment while relieving pain and pressure.
The viral strain responsible for cold sores can be transmitted to the genital parts during genital contact. It is therefore not recommended to engage in such activities during a cold sore outbreak.
Although not the most common place for a cold sore to appear, the nose as well as the chin or cheeks can be where a cold sore develops. A cold sore in the nose will heal in the same way as a cold sore on the lips, but COMPEED® Cold Sore Discreet Healing Patches cannot be applied inside the nose.
Cold sores are contagious right from when you start feeling the symptoms up until their resolution (about a week). Risk of contagion is at its peak upon cold sore rupture (blister pop). To avoid contagion refrain from touching or popping your cold sores. Wash your hands after contact. Compeed® Cold Sore Discreet Healing Patches are air- and water-tight and as such will help you to contain the virus by discreetly covering the sore.
It is not necessary to pop a blister before treating it. The blister roof constitutes a protective layer against infections and keep the blister fluid in place to allow for faster regeneration of the skin. Using Compeed® Blister plasters will help you protect the blister while relieving pain and pressure as well as eliminating friction for fast healing.
Heel blisters can be treated as any other friction blisters. The Compeed® Blister products range offers specific solutions for heel blisters depending on the cause. If they are due to high heels, use a product as discreet as possible in order to keep wearing your heels. If they are very painful, you can use a specific product providing extra cushioning and adherence to stay in place long enough to allow for the blister to heal.
The best course of action is to protect the blister in order to keep it from tearing and allow the skin under it to heal on its own. Eliminating or reducing the source of friction is necessary for a blister to heal properly. Using a Compeed® Blister plaster will help you by relieving pain instantly, providing deep cushioning, reducing pressure and creating a moist environment, thus optimising the time for the blister to heal under this protective second skin.
Unfortunately, once you are infected with the herpes virus, it will stay in your body for the rest of your life. There is no way you can get rid of cold sores entirely. If you are unlucky enough to suffer from 1 or more recurrences a year, it is probably because your life makes you prone to face situations that are triggers for virus outbursts. Learning what are those triggers and how to avoid them is the best way to prevent cold sores recurrence.