You want the scab to form, because that means new, fresh skin is forming under it. Of course, that also means that it's going to start itching badly. Although the virus is retreating back to where it will lie dormant until next time, the area will still be painful and irritated. Some people give into the temptation of picking at the scab trying to get it to go away and leave them healed; however, it won't go away naturally on it's own until the time is right, and anything you do to try to remove it prematurely is going to do more harm than good.
A herpes outbreak is an excellent time to consider a detoxification program, as the virus is not being contained in the nervous system, and is a sign that the body is already in a process of detoxing. Please keep in mind that the herpes virus is extremely contagious. You may be at risk of contracting the herpes virus simply by drinking from the same glass as someone who has a cold sore scab, even if that glass was washed after use. Stress and allergies or too acidic a body are probably the most common cause of tongue sores or fever blisters.
Everyone responds differently to the virus. Many people start experiencing flu like symptoms such as feeling tired or drowsy, having a headache, or lack of energy. Others will not experience any of these symptoms. However, everyone who experiences outbreaks will feel the burning and itching sensation and will know automatically that this is the beginning of an outbreak.
The cold sore virus reproductive cycle begins here. The cold sore virus travels down your nerve fibers to the surface. This movement causes your cold sore target area to itch or tingle. You may notice a burning or dryness sensation. This stage could last a few hours to a few days before entering the more intense cold sore stages.
The first stage is just the starting process. You should feel a light tingling or burning sensation on your lip. You're not going to see any visible signs of a cold sore or anything like that, but within a few days you'll have a cold sore. The next stage is when you have the cold sore on your lip. This will typically last a few days than you'll reach the oozing stage. Your sore will break open and start oozing out the very contagious virus. The last stage is the scab phase, where your cold sore scabs over.
One way to help treat a cold sore is OTC medication containing docosonal. Docosonal is shown to have a hindering effect on the herpes virus and could possibly help the cold sore development slow and not last as long and also help with the severity of the cold sore. Studies have shown docosonal to help with the healing of cold sores by about one day and is recommended that the creams be applied throughout the day on the area the cold sore is forming as soon as you realize there is one.
Other helpful ways in treating cold sores include regular washing of your hands and taking antiviral medications, which are prescription antiviral drugs approved for treating herpes outbreaks. But the truth is, these drugs are not really effective in preventing the outbreaks. They are only helpful in speeding up the healing process, and since these sores are sometimes associated with fever, these medications may also help in treating the fever in cold sore patients.