While cold sores are much more common on the lips and the genitals, a small group of people also get them on the edges of their nostrils, or even get cold sores in the nose. These are normally more painful than the normal variety, and they often take longer to heal. To discover how to handle this affliction, you must understand the basics of the herpes simplex virus.
Herpes simplex is the virus that causes cold sores on both the lips and nostrils. When it infects your lips or the outside edges of your nostrils, it does so because it has infected your skin. But it can also infect mucous membranes. This is when it appears inside your mouth and nose.
This is often a nastier problem than cold sores on the skin, because the mucus membranes are very sensitive to pain. Moreover, the virus thrives in the warm, moist conditions that exist inside your nose and mouth, which makes it more difficult to combat it than when it infects your lips. Further, while you often touch your lips with your fingers and with lip balm and can easily discover a sensitive spot that indicates that a cold sore is coming, it is easy to miss cold sores in your nose until the virus has already started replicating and the blister has already formed.
Before you think of treating it, you must first make sure that you are really dealing with cold sores. Herpetic gingivostomatitis is a much more severe herpes outbreak of the mucus membranes that causes bleeding crater-like ulcers inside your mouth and nose. Over-the-counter creams will not work here. You will have to ask your doctor for an oral anti-viral drug to control it.
You should treat the sores on the edges of your nostrils very much like you treat those on your lips. If you know you carry the herpes virus, pay attention to your lips and nose so you can identify an outbreak even before the blister forms. The skin is usually sensitive and burns slightly. Apply your chosen anti-viral treatment (mine is called Herpeset) to that spot every few hours. If you catch it early enough, you might manage to stop the virus from replicating and the blister from forming.
If the sores appear inside your nose, you will have to dip a cotton swab in the cream (or spray in the case of Herpeset), and apply it to the blister.
If you often get cold sores inside your nose, you should do whatever you can to prevent herpes outbreaks from occurring, just because the outbreaks can last longer and are harder to diagnose and treat.
I followed a program called Ultimate Herpes Protocol to strengthen my immune system sufficiently to enable it to suppress the herpes virus permanently. I no longer have outbreaks.
But if this sounds too difficult, many small lifestyle changes can achieve something similar.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables every day. Your immune system needs those vitamins and minerals to function well.
- Manage your stress, as herpes outbreaks often occur during your most stressful periods. As far as possible, spread your work out evenly to avoid overloads. Meditate, read novels, watch movies, adopt a pet, play with the kids, and go for nature walks. Regular exercise is also ultimately relaxing and strengthens your immune system.
- Practice good nasal hygiene. Use disposable tissues that you throw away after every use. If you have frequent allergies that cause congestion, use a saline nasal spray several times a day to help your body clear your nasal passages. If your allergies are severe, consider taking a slow-release antihistamine tablet every morning. Constant rubbing with tissues can irritate your skin and mucous membranes and create tiny sores for the herpes virus to infect.
Lastly, look on the bright side. Unlike cold sores on your lips, the chance that you will infect someone else with the virus from sores in and around your nose is small because other people do not usually touch there. In addition, if it is inside your nose, it does not look as bad as cold sores on your lips, so it may not be as destructive to your self-esteem.