Pesky cold sore popping up on your lip right before your date? Though you can't help it, a red scab right on your lip is never appealing when trying to connect with someone new. While herpes is an extremely common skin infection (most folks have a strain or two), only some people will exhibit symptoms. If you're one of the unlucky ones who gets symptoms, never fear. There are some steps you can take to minimize and mask the appearance of a cold sore on your lip.
First off, don't touch the sore. This goes for all skin ailments in general. The more you pick at the cold sore, the more likely it is to redden and become more noticeable. Secondly, don't share utensils or kiss your date, no matter how hard it is to resist. While it's a high probability that your date also carries the herpes virus, you don't want to go spreading anything recklessly. Over the counter treatments also exist to shorten the duration of a herpes outbreak, and may prove useful if your sores begin to ooze. If your cold sores are frequent or painful, a doctor can prescribe you an antiviral known as Valtrex to shorten and prevent outbreaks. Valtrex can also keep you from spreading the herpes virus to your partner.
Point is, don't freak out if you see a cold sore pop up before a date. Many people have herpes, and there's a good chance that your date has had a cold sore a time or two as well. Click on herpes dating for more sources.