Should You Pop A Cold Sore

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Should I Pop My Blister?

Author: jane baron

Every time I am unfortunate enough to get a blister, I am confronted by the age-old questions: to pop or not to pop.  And which method is better for my feet in the long run?

Of course there is no one right answer.  In the case of major blisters (from burns for examples), you should get to a medical facility as soon as possible and let medical professionals decide upon a course of action.  But if your blister is the result of a something less dramatic - a new pair of high heels or a ten hour hike, for example - ask yourself the following questions.  Are you in a great deal of pain?  How big is the blister and is it getting worse?  And do you have a sterile instrument with which to pop the blister?

If the blister is small and relatively painless, or if you do not have a sterile instrument, then your best course of action is to wait until the end of your day's activity.  Sometimes a moleskin donut around the affected area can reduce the friction that caused the blister in the first place.  

If your blister is extremely painful, or if the skin is in danger of being ripped, it is probably better to use a needle or pair of sharp twisters to pop the blister rather than letting nature take its course.  Make sure the needle is sterilized (you can use a lighter, if you are out in the woods) before gently pricking the blister and draining the fluid.  Above all else, avoid ripping or tearing the skin.  You should never pop a blister with your fingers alone (i.e., ripping off the top layer of skin).  The skin beneath blister is extremely sensitive, and you will probably find that exposing this skin is more painful than the blister you were suffering from in the first place.  

Cold Sore Free Forever

Eventually all blisters a€œcurea€ themselves.  The blister disappears when the body reabsorbs the fluids.  Thus you don't need to pop your blister - if you can stand to leave it alone.  If you do decide to drain the fluid, be sure to wrap your blister (using a Band-Aid or moleskin) to protect the exposed skin as much as possible.  Moleskin or even athletic tape can also be used to prevent blisters before they form.

Once you have finished with the day's activity, you may want to apply a disinfectant spray or cream to the popped blister to ensure that an infection does not develop.

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10 Responses to Should You Pop A Cold Sore

  1. moneyaintathang07 says:

    Should I pop the cold sore on my lip?
    Serious question…

    It looks like a pimple because it’s puss filled and it’s right on my lip.

    It’s not big but you can notice it when you look at me.

    Should I pop it and put some Neosporin or something on it?

    Or should I leave it alone? If I leave it alone how long will it take to go away?

  2. ░♥░ says:

    Should I pop a cold sore? How do you get rid of it fast?

    • A W says:

      Never pop a cold sore!! You can cause it to spread.

      Hold an ice cube on it, it will help take the swelling down. You can also get stuff from the drugstore called Abreva that helps heal them faster.

  3. allison says:

    should you pop a cold sore?
    i have a cold sore. i know its a cold sore and not a canker sore. on out side of my mouth

    one person says to pop it to let it dry out, drain and heal faster.
    another says not to pop it because it can spread fast.

    what do i do?

    • Morgan Jesus Freeman says:

      DONT TOUCH IT. If you do touch it wash your hands. I recomend the medicine, Valtrex, it has minimal side effects if any and will help reduce the sore and prevent others. Also dont kiss anyone because you would transfer it to them

  4. pretty_purple_snickers says:

    Should i pop my cold sore?

    I need some help A.S.A.P. I have this cold sore. I have had it for about 5 days now. It has not popped! it is full of yellow pus, it has this dry skin accumulating around it and it is bothering me badly! Um, i have applied the ice early on, i did try alcohol but to no effect and i am doing Carmex but still no relief. I want so very badly to pop this thing and be done with it and i need to know YES or NO? This thing is irritating me because it is so big! I need it gone by monday (two days from now) and so please have a quick rememdy at hand.

    Thank you,

    P.s yes i know its herpes and yes i have been washing my hands and staying away from acids and things of the like. No i dont have abreva and i cant get to it so please SOMETHING ELSE!

    I appriciate you!

  5. wunfinemami says:

    Pop a cold sore or not?
    Ok I asked here yesterday if I should pop it or not and most said no. Now hes my problem. Regardless if I pop it myself or it pops on its own its gonna pop right? So why not me pop it and make sure it doesnt get everywhere and the healing process can begin. Right now its just a bubble, clear and you can see white (must be puss or drainage). So I know its gonna pop right? Either on its own or when im sleep and roll over. Some said cold sores dont pop. But ummm then why is it a bubble and clear and ready to pop then. I want to begin the healing process so that its gone by this weekend. I figured if I poped it carefully the healing can begin. If not I’ll be waiting for it to pop on its own then thats when the healing begins. Could be days from now till it pops. I have used abreva yesterday and today but its still a bubble. Anyone care to understand my side? Thanks for listening

    • T R says:

      Nope, they don’t usually pop on their own, though, like you said, it’s possible to do so when you are asleep. But that generally doesn’t happen. And if it does, that results in those nasty cold sores that travel across the lip or even down under the lip onto the skin. The fluid you see will be clear at first, then turn to pus as your body sends white blood cells and all those other dandy immune system soldiers to attack the virus. The white cells will engulf the virus and kill it so basically the fluid gets reabsorbed into the body. Here’s the way it goes:

      Phase 1 – Prodrome – The area gets warm and painful; tingling is associated with this first stage.
      Phase 2 – Macule Area becomes red (erythema): a type of hypersensitivity or allergic reaction that occurs in response to the virus.
      Phase 3 – Papule Small red bumps form, often accompanied by a throbbing pain.
      Phase 4 – Vesicle Colorless, fluid-filled blisters start to develop.
      Phase 5 – Postule
      At this stage a clear liquid becomes yellow and pus forms.
      Phase 6 – Crust A yellowish crust forms on the affected area.
      Phase 7 – Scab Area becomes reddish- and dry. Area itches.
      Phase 8 – Healing Pain disappears, the scab falls off.

      If you pop it yourself, beware. I did that once and it resulted in THREE cold sores on my mouth. Not fun.

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