It’s the part of a cold sore where you are just finding your way out of the woods.
Like at the end of a Friday the 13th movie.
Jason has been defeated and you’re making your way out, knowing full well that it’s not quite over.
It’s never quite over.
Because the psychological (and also physical) damage has been done.
And in the case of cold sores, the scab IS the left over damage.
It’s the remnant of the outbreak.
And if you’re like me you’ll do pretty much anything to heal as quickly as possible.
You also know that it doesn’t take much to rip it off, which can set back you healing by a full week.
But if you’re reading this, you already know that.
What you really want to know is just how long does it take for a cold sore scab to heal?
Well, the answer is “it depends”.
Not the answer you wanted, I know.
But alas, it’s the truth.
And you know it.
Because if you’ve ever scraped your knees or elbows as a kid, you know that any self-respecting scab will tag along for at least a week or two (provided you stop picking at it).
But you also know that the smaller it is, the quicker it heals.
And so it is with cold sores.
The size of the outbreak will dictate the size of the scab. And the size of the scab is always a reflection of the damage incurred to the skin.
Therefore the bigger the scab, the more damage your lips have sustained. And the more skin damage there is, the longer it takes your body to repair it.
But is there anything you can do about that? Is there a way to make a cold sore scab heal faster than it normally would?
Sure, there probably are creams or oils you can rub in there to make the scab heal quicker.
But the healing rate improvement will probably be tiny compared to letting it heal on its own.
Like you might get it to heal a day earlier, at best.
But I know of a better way.
My answer is that you’re better off focusing on making your outbreaks as small as possible, or prevent them from happening outright in the first place.
What’s that? You don’t believe that it can be done?
Well me and my ebook Cold Sore Control beg to differ.
Because it’s packed with information on how to prevent outbreaks from coming back all the time, and not just dealing with them when they come.
And even if they do come back after you’ve put the information it contains to good use, you can bet that your outbreaks will be tiny compared to what you’re used to.
I know mine aren’t even a third of what they used to be, on the (very) rare occasion I do get one.
And the scabs I get? They’re so small they barely last a few days (after the initial blisters of course).
Then, it’s back to normal.
Laughing like a lunatic, smiling like a psych ward patient drugged up on happy pills…
Whatever floats ye ol’ boat.
So if you’re interested, go sign up to our cold sore newsletter.
But if you’ve got a scab right now? You’re shit out of luck.
It has to run its course, however long that might take.
Chris “the Cold Sore Killer” Mueller