Cold sores usually appear on the lips and areas around the mouth. But they virus which causes cold sores is a very virulent one and on occasions they can spread to the cheeks, the nose and even in your nostrils and worse case scenario, around the eye area or on your eye. If you ever get a cold sore around the eye area, you should see your doctor right away to get this seen to, as in a worst case scenario this could lead to blindness if left untreated.
The virus travels through nerve paths and can spread to other areas of your face near to the initial infection. Getting cold sores or fever blisters on other parts of your face can be more painful than the ones that generally appear on the lips and around the mouth and nose cold sores in particular are extremely uncomfortable. A really bad example of a nose cold sore is pictured below..
Are Cold Sores on the Nose as painful as those around the Mouth area?
This is a frequently asked questions by sufferers whose cold sores spread to other regions on the face. Cold sores on and around the nose are similar to those that appear on your lips and mouth. They swell and form blisters which erupt, produce scabbing and in the fullness of time, heal, usually without leaving any scars. As you can see from the photo, they look nasty and they are painful and spread very easily.
Cold sores on and around your nose are usually caused because you inadvertently actually spread the virus from one area to another yourself. Cold sores are highly contagious. Picking your nose when you have previously touched an active cold sore elsewhere on your face is one way of transmitting the virus to your nose and nostrils. Being conscious of what you touch and washing your hands regularly should avoid spreading the virus to other parts of your body. You should also applying a hand sanitizer after washing.
Cold sores which spread to your nose can be very irritating and extremely painful particularly if you have the flu or a cold at the same time, which often happens because your immune system is low. When you have had cold sores in a particular area, there is a higher than usual probability that they will reappear there anytime your immune system is compromised. The inside of your nose is moist and warm, conditions which will help the virus thrive thereby increasing the chances of the virus infecting nearby areas all of which can mean a longer than usual healing time. Once the scabbing stage begins, the crusting of the sores quickly becomes hard due to the constant flow of air in the nostrils. Once this has happened the scabbing can easily crack open and bleed with the smallest of aggravation to your nose. The membrane inside the nostrils is fragile and thin which makes it highly likely that the scabs will break open and bleed. All of this can prolong your bout of cold sores.
Applying home remedies like placing an ice cube on the affected area is thought by some to help relieve the pain of cold sores and to speed up the healing process. Taking L-lysine can also shorten the duration of the episode as well as applying liberal amounts of Vaseline to the area to keep it moist and to avoid the drying out and crusting phase. If Vaseline is applied in the early stages, you will definitely minimize your chances of an outbreak the likes of that pictured in this article.
Having cold sores on any part of your face is highly unpleasant and unsightly and if those cold sores spread and become nose cold sores then the likelihood is that you will prolong your episode of infection unless you take steps to deal with it. In trying different treatments it is important to take a holistic look at the causes of cold sores and ways to avoid further outbreaks. There are now natural treatments available which will not only deal with your immediate discomfort but which will also minimize your chances of future outbreaks as the root cause of the infection is addressed.