Frequently Asked Questions - Cold Sores

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What is a Cold Sore?

Cold sores- also called fever blisters. Symptoms typically begin with tingling (itching) and reddening of the skin around the infected site, can form on the borders of the lips. Cold sores are generally believed to be caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus.

What makes cold sore recur?

The virus can be reactivated due to the effects of other illnesses such as cold and influenza, eczema, emotional and physical stress, exposure to bright sunlight, gastric upset, fatigue or injury.

How long do cold sores last?

When symptoms appear they will typically resolve within two weeks, without treatment.

How can cold sores spread?

Cold sores are contagious if the carrier is producing and shedding the virus. This is especially likely during an outbreak but possible at other times. The virus can be spread from person  to person by kissing or close contact with the lesions. Washing your hands can help keep you from spreading the virus to other people & yourself.

The information above is from Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia).

Frequently Asked Questions - ZyGone™

How do I use ZyGone™?

For best results, apply ZyGone™ at first sign of irritation (tingling, redness, itching or bump). Gently clean the affected area. Shake container well, and then gently apply ZyGone™ as needed to the affected area. Store container in a cool dark place. Always wash your hands before and after applying to a cold sore.

Can I apply makeup, lipstick or sunscreen over the top of ZyGone™?

Yes, apply gently, friction can irritant or prolong the healing process.

Is ZyGone™ an antiviral product?

No, but the basic ingredients of ZyGone™ have some antiviral property.

Can I have an allergic reaction to ZyGone™?

Do not use ZyGone™ if you are or believe you are allergic to any of the ingredients in ZyGone™.

Consult your doctor or health care provider before using ZyGone™.

How often may I apply?

Apply as needed.


Do I rub it in or pat it on?

Apply gently, friction can possibly irritate and prolong the healing process. Begin applying at first sign of a cold sore for best results.

Do I continue to apply ZyGone™ when the cold sore has a scab?

Yes, Continue applying until the scab has fallen off naturally.


Disclaimer: These self-help tips are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.