Nasal Cold Sores Pictures

Nasal Cold Sores are blisters and sores in and around the nose that are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

Cold sores in the nose can be painful and make breathing through the nostrils difficult. Cold sores that appear in or on the nose have usually been spread from another part of the face that is affected such as the lips.  It is important to always be hygienic when experiencing a cold sore to avoid spreading the virus.

Below are some examples of what nasal cold sores look like.

Large cold sore breakout in and around the nose

Cold sore outbreak affecting the nose

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Cold sores affecting the nose

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Cold sore that has developed on the nose

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Cold sores are highly contagious so there are a few precautions to take to avoid spreading the viral infection to other parts of the body or to anyone else.


  • Try not to touch the cold sore as you could spread the virus to your hands and other parts of your body.

  • Keep your hands clean and if contact is made wash immediately with soap and water.

  • During an outbreak, avoid kissing or any other type of skin contact including oral sex with others.

  • Don’t share utensils including cups, spoons, towels, or razors when you have blisters.

  • It is especially important to avoid kissing or hugging babies, children or people with lowered immune systems.

  • If your child has a cold sore it is important for you to teach them good hygiene practices, if they are unable to do so it may be best to avoid sending them to day care or school until the blister is present and contagious.

Unfortunately there is no cure for cold sores, but there is an effective cold sore treatment available that can speed healing and reduce severity of symptoms quickly and easily.

Nasal cold sores can be extremely irritating as they tend to inhibit breathing while causing quite a lot of pain. The area around the nose is particularly sensitive when effected by a cold sore breakout but can be treated the same as any other area, with a topical formulation that can kill the virus on direct contact and reduce the duration of the pain and outbreak.

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