You should minimise any contact with the sores. Always wash your hands after contact with a cold sore to avoid spreading the virus from one site to another, such as the eyes, nose, or fingernails.
While having any symptoms of cold sores, you should also avoid:
- sharing lipsticks, kitchenware, glasses or anything else that may have been in contact with your cold sores
- sports that involve physical contact
Until the cold sore blisters and scabs have completely gone away, you have to protect yourself and other people from infection. Airtight and watertight treatments such as COMPEED® cold sore patches help prevent the virus from spreading to another area of your body as well as protecting others.