What are cold sores?

Cold sores are blisters that form on or around the lips. They are usually caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV-1), but can also be caused by herpes simplex 2 virus (HSV-2).

HSV-1 is usually contracted before the age of 10. Most cold sore sufferers don’t remember the initial infection.

During an outbreak the virus re-activates and travels down the nerve where it lives to the skin cells in or around you lip or mouth, eventually becoming a visible and contagious sore. This can be caused by one or a combination of "triggers".

But when you use SimQuell at the very first tingle, you'll will help your body shorten the symptoms of your cold sore.

What are cold sores triggers?

How can I stop them? Knowing what may cause your cold sore outbreaks can help you prevent them.

Many things can cause your cold sore outbreaks and different people have different causes. There are seven common “triggers” that can cause an outbreak. Avoidance of the following triggers can help reduce the chance of re-activating the virus.

Fight Fatigue

Fatigue can decrease your immune system, making cold sore re-activation easy. So Try to relax, exercise and sleep..

Stay Calm

Stress can wear down your immune system and can give the cold sore virus a chance wake up. Don’t get stressed out. Try some relaxation exercise like breathing deeply and relax.

Keep Warm

Protect your lips from the cold. Wear protective clothing to avoid exposure to cold weather, dry air and winter wind. Also make sure your lips stay protected with lip balm to prevent them from drying out.

Shade Yourself

Watch out for sun exposure. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin and lead to a cold sore. Use a sunscreen with SPF 30+, a wide brimmed hat or baseball cap and a beach umbrella.

Know Your Hormones

In women, changes in hormones during the mensturation can trigger an outbreak. Be aware of your own hormonal cycle and try to reduce stress stress. Keep a bottle of SimQuell handy when you're feeling that your hormones maytrigger an outbreak.

Protect Your Mouth

Trauma to your mouth or lips can re-activate the virus. An injury or a trip to the dentist that irritates your mouth may cause an outbreak. Let your dentist know to try and minimize any trauma.

Stay Strong

A fever, a cold or the flu can cause an outbreak. If you feel a cold, fever or flu coming on, follow your doctor’s instructions and get plenty of rest and fluids.

Cold sore stages

A cold sore typically goes through 5 stages during its 8-10 day course, — and sometimes it can hang around up to 2 weeks. When you start using SimQuell™ at the first tingle, you can help your body shorten the duration of your cold sore symptoms. In clinical case reports, our patented formula has been shown help support your body and immune system and help reduce the duration of your symptoms. Also, remember to avoid your triggers during every stage of your cold sore.

The First Tingle | Day 1-2

Known as The Early Stage, this is when you’ll feel notice first few symptoms — the first tingle, some itching and/or burning. You know that the cold sore is coming. This might last a few hours up to a full day. You may feel like your skin is tightening where your cold sore is forming. The area becomes red and swollen because of the inflammatory reaction to the infection.

Blister Stage | Days 2-4

The Blister Stage —you first can see the blister. It looks like a group of small, painful bumps that may multiply and/or grow. Your immune system ramps up and sends white blood cells to the blister to help fight the infection. At this point, your cold sore blister fills with fluid which contains millions of virus particles.

Ulcer Stage | Day 4

The Ulcer Stage: the blisters burst and a shallow ulcer (open sore) develops. This is painful but it only lasts around one day. In this stage a red ring of inflammation around the affected area may develop.

Scrabbing Stage | Days 5-8

In this stage, the ulcer dries out and a yellowish crust appears and forms a scab. As your scab shrinks, itching, burning and painful cracks that can bleed may appear. Keep the area moist.

Healing Stage | Day 8-10

During the Healing Stage your scab will start to come off, you may notice some dry flaking and residual swelling. Your skin may also remain slightly pink or red.

Spreading cold sores

HSV-1 is easy to spread and is highly contagious.

It can be spread through skin-to-skin contact. The virus usually enters into your body through a mucous membrane in your mouth or damaged skin. Then it takes up residnece in the nerve in your cheek ,lip, nose or sometimes your eye until a cold sore trigger awakens it.


No Kissing

Cold sores are spread by skin to skin contact or bodily fluid contact. At any stage of an outbreak, when you kiss your loved ones, especially on the mouth, you’re very likely to pass on the virus. Don’t forget, though not as common, cold sores can spread to other parts of the body, too.

No Sharing Food and Ustensils

Although not skin-to-skin contact, when you share food and utensils, saliva from your mouth can have the virus in it. Do NOT share anything you put your mouth on. That goes for straws, cups and glasses.

Do Not Touch

Don’t touch your lip! If you do, remember to wash your hands right away. A cold sore is contagious throughout its entire cycle and super-contagious during the blister stage. When it’s weeping be extra careful. Don’t share towels, cups, glasses utensils etc.

And follow these tips:

Recognize the Signs of an Outbreak

Cold sores are contagious before you even see it. If you feel that tingling, itching, or burning on or around your lips that is the alarm bell. You can spread the virus very easily. Take precautions just as you would if there was actually a visible cold sore.

Avoid Your Triggers

Know your triggers. Over time you will know what kinds of events cause an outbreak. Then take action to avoid them.

Protect Young Kids

Kids often get infected with HSV-1 virus during childhood. Ttake the same precautions with children as you do with other adults.

Cold sore myths

There are plenty of old wives tales —myths that spread almost as fast as the virus itself.

Your best defense is knowledge. Learn as much as possible about cold sores. Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Cold sores are only contagious when you can see a blister

Fact: Cold sores are contagious from the first tingle until it’s completely healed. Certain people are contagious with no blister.

The cold sore virus (Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1, HSV-1) cannot spread beyond the lip area.

Fact: HSV-1 is a form of the Herpes Simplex Virus that usually affects the lips or mouth, but can spread to the eyes, nose, ears or genitals.

Everyone who contracts the cold sore virus will experience an outbreak.

Fact: Approximately 90% of adults have been infected by the cold sore virus, not everyone gets cold sore outbreaks. Actually, only 20%-40% of people will experience cold sores.

There is no way to shorten the healing time of a cold sore.

Fact: Prescription medicines, topical ointments and a healty immune system have been shown to reduce the duration of cold sores.

Ingredients like camphor, menthol and phenol can heal a cold sore.

Fact: Lip balm and ointment ingredients can soothe or moisturize your cold sore. They cannot heal it

Ice helps cold sores heal faster.

Fact: Ice provides relief from your symptoms and helps reduce redness and swelling. It will not to speed the healing of your cold sore.

Distilled vinegar prevents cold sore outbreaks.

Fact: Vinegar does not prevent cold sore outbreaks.

Alcohol or witch hazel kills the viruses in cold sores.

Fact: Alcohol and witch hazel are astringents that will dry out your cold sore and your skin. They haven’t been shown to speed healing and they hurt. Ouch !

Tea bags heal cold sores.

Fact: Make a nice cup of tea. But don’t count on it to make your cold sore go away faster.