If you’re new to this whole cold sore thing, you’re probably wondering if you should pop them or not.
And I get it.
You want to get rid of the itchiness and pain as quickly as possible.
And maybe, just maybe popping that blister will provide you with that relief you’re itching for (bad pun fully intended).
But I’m here to tell you to resist the urge.
It’s a dumb idea, for many reasons.
You have to think of it as a quarantine zone.
It’s a barrier your body puts up to do two things: limit the spread of the infection and make it easier to focus its healing efforts.
Here’s what I mean.
Blisters are a mechanism that your body uses to protect you from further damage.
In the case of cold sores, those blisters are a way for your body to concentrate white blood cells and other components of your immune system at the site of infection.
That way it can kill off particles of the herpes virus as fast as possible.
Kind of like how doctors in a quarantine zone are able to treat more patients because they’re all packed into the same place.
Popping that blister is like coming in with a bulldozer and destroying that Red Cross tent.
It’s just going to make treating the infected that much harder.
And if you get rid of that natural layer of protection your body creates, you’re depriving yourself of your body’s mad natural healing skillz.
Making the whole healing process a heck of a lot slower, leaving you to deal with a big ugly scab for longer than you should have to.
But that’s not all.
Because just like zombie apocalypse movies have taught us, breaching the quarantine zone has even more dire consequences.
It lets the infected out.
It allows them to run rampant and spread the infection to as many people as possible.
Women and children included.
Not even Brad Pitt and the CDC can stop them.
In your case, popping that blister means letting the herpes virus “leak” all over the place which infects even more skin cells.
Meaning a brand new outbreak right next to the popped one.
Sounds a bit counter-productive, doesn’t it?
Because all you’re doing during that outbreak is to help mitigate the damage.
Help stop the spread before your whole upper lip is doomed.
And popping a cold sore screws up all the natural processes your body puts into place to help you do just that.
So don’t be stupid.
Leave that blister well alone.
Let you’re body’s “doctor’s” do their job.
Chris “the Cold Sore Killer” Mueller