Treating Cold Sores: The Worst Advice We Have Ever Heard

A quick Google search will reveal a solution for any problem. Bad breath? Solved. Headaches? No problem. Cancer? Easily fixed. It is possible to find answers to many problems online, but everyone has to be careful before they try any solutions. There are many that will do more harm than good. Obviously, a life-threatening health crisis requires professional medical treatment, but even less serious health concerns are made worse with some of the “remedies” suggested. Here are some of the worst we have found for dealing with cold sores.

Popping the Blister
This is the most common “treatment” used and it is one of the most dangerous. First, the human body behaves a certain way for a reason. The fluid inside a blister and the layer of skin holding the fluid in are both protecting the sensitive new skin underneath. Popping the blister exposes the skin before it is ready and increases the risk of a secondary infection. Secondly, the fluid contains the virus that causes cold sores. Popping a blister increases the chance of additional sores and makes it easy to spread the virus to others.

Using Polish Remover
Many swear by applying nail polish remover to a cold sore to dry it out faster. This tip includes two bad ideas. One is popping the blister (see above) and the other is applying the polish remover to the raw lesion. Not only will this hurt tremendously, it is also risky for the skin. Nail polish remover is acetone and this chemical absorbs oils from the skin, leaving it red, itchy and chapped. The already uncomfortable and damaged skin around the cold sore will only hurt more and it may require longer to heal.

Lighting a Match
This advice directs people to light a match, blow it out and press it onto the cold sore. There is no science or sense in this suggestion. In addition, cold sores often cause a painful burning sensation. Why would anyone want to make it worse?

Using Bodily Fluids
These next two pieces of advice win for being the most disgusting suggestions. Treating cold sores naturally is appealing to many people, but using ear wax or urine is just a little too natural. American research studies have shown that ear wax (cerumen) has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, but cold sores are caused by a virus and not a bacteria or fungus. The wax does shield the sore and that shielding may help the healing process. However, petroleum jelly or lip balm will do the same. Many websites claim that cerumen has been proven by Russian scientists to be a cure for herpes sores, but no evidence of these studies has been found. As for urine, it does contain urea and that is an ingredient used in cold sore medications. However, it is not the only ingredient medications contain and urea is not all that is in urine. Cold sores already cause enough embarrassment. Do people really want to also walk around with urine and ear wax smeared on their face?

There are no cures for cold sores, but there are legitimate treatments that prevent them from forming and heal faster those that do form. These remedies are not disgusting or painful. There is no reason for anyone to take risks with their health when safe, clinically-proven solutions are available.

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10 Undeniable Reasons People Hate Cold Sores

The dreaded cold sore is not just another blemish. It is a week-long (or longer) bit of misery. There are many reasons people want to spend their days hiding in bed when they are suffering from this common annoyance. Here are just a few of the ways cold sores make life a little less pleasant.

1. Cold sores are painful.

From the very first “tingle” to the tight, burning sensation as they crust over and heal up, a cold sore is a constant misery. During the lifespan of a cold sore every bite of salty or spicy food will find the lesion and the sufferer will unintentionally swipe over it too aggressively every time they wash their face. Even people that are excruciatingly careful to not touch their cold sore will manage to actually touch it a dozen times a day and make it start to burn and throb yet again.

2. The fear of infection.

Infection is rare, but it is a concern. If a cold sore becomes infected it will become larger, more painful and even less attractive. It will also mean a trip to the doctor and a dose of antibiotics.

3. Fear of the sores spreading.

Cold sores can multiply because the fluid in them is contagious. One sore is terrible, but a weakened immune system or a period of stress can cause one sore to become multiple sores and make the sufferer feel like a leper.

4. There is potential for scarring.

When left alone to heal naturally most cold sores will fade away and leave nothing behind. However, picking at the lesion or dealing with a bad outbreak that becomes infected will increase the risk of a scar.

5. Cold sores look terrible.

Cold sores are offensive even if they are small, not infected and tucked into the corner of the mouth. No one feels confidant and attractive during an outbreak. There is no effective way to cover the sore, and many attempts only draw even more attention.

6. People mistake it for an STD.

Yes, cold sores are a form of herpes, but they are caused by a completely different strain of the virus that causes the sexually transmitted disease. However, not everyone understands (or believes) this fact.

7. People avoid contact during outbreaks.

Cold sores are not dangerous. Yes, there are exceptions but those cases are rare and are limited to people who have immune systems that are severely compromised with other illnesses. Unfortunately, cold sores are very contagious and no one wants to take the chance of experiencing their own outbreak. The fact that an estimated 90 percent of the adult population is already carrying the virus in their system will do little to encourage people to feel comfortable when they are in close contact with someone with a cold sore.

8. Medications are often ineffective.

People spend a lot of money on prescriptions, OTC creams and homeopathic remedies that do very little to prevent their cold sores or make them go away. It is a shame because there are solutions, but many people continue to try the same old ineffective remedies over and over.

9. Chronic sufferers know another outbreak is always possible.

Some people are lucky enough to experience a cold sore only once in their life or one every few years. Many sufferers experience them regularly and often go through times when they have outbreaks that last weeks or longer without any relief.

10. Everyone stares.

Cold sores are impossible for anyone to ignore and the attention is often nerve wracking. Some will attempt to ignore the lesion through uncomfortable levels of direct eye contact. Others will not even try to ignore it. Insensitive individuals, friends trying to be funny or children will often point out the blemish. Some do this in an attempt to lighten the moment and make it seem less important. This attempt will always fail.

There is a solution:

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What Holds People Back From Fixing Their Cold Sore Outbreaks?

It is not asking too much to want a blister-free face. Chronic cold sore sufferers may feel as if they will never be able to be free from the pain of the blemishes or from the worry of another one forming. Many people suffer an outbreak monthly and many others experience them even more frequently. Even just a single, annual sore can feel overwhelming because they always seem to arrive when people are busy and want to look and feel their best.

So, why do they continue to suffer? There are solutions and many people with HSV-1 (the virus that causes cold sores) are blemish-free all of the time. So, why is it that some people are never able to free themselves of the pain and the embarrassment of this chronic condition?

First of all, it is important to note that cold sore sufferers are not to blame for their condition. Many people blame themselves or others blame them, but this is ridiculous. Cold sores do not happen because of poor hygiene, kissing the wrong person or not eating healthy foods. The virus that causes cold sores is incurable and will remain in the body for life. There is a very good chance that kissing someone will expose a person to the virus, but that is true for every one in the country. Some estimates state as much as 90 percent of the adult American population already has the virus. Also, a good diet can help to reduce cold sore outbreaks, but even incredibly healthy people still get them.

  • Not everyone with the virus will have outbreaks.
  • Not all cold sore sufferers will respond to treatment the same.
  • Treatments that work once may not help the next time.

This is why so many people give up when they repeatedly experience outbreaks. They may have tried OTC medications and seen their doctor, but had no luck in reducing the frequency or duration of the cold sores. This is when it is important to not give up. Severe cases require a targeted approach.

Step one: Reduce the possibility of an outbreak by boosting the immune system. Do this by eating a healthy diet, drinking whole milk and reducing stress.

Step two: Avoid common triggers. Quit smoking, avoid alcohol and wear hats and use sunscreen to prevent overexposure to the sun.

Step three: Get the Inhibitor. This medical devices help many people to prevent cold sores. Using the device at the first tingle can stop cold sores it in its tracks.

Step four: Cure it quickly. If a sore does develop use cold compresses to reduce the pain and swelling. Avoid hot beverages and spicy foods that may aggravate the sore. Continue to use the Inhibitor and apply OTC medications to numb the skin. DO NOT pick at the sore or attempt to squeeze the fluid out to dry it up faster. This can lead to infection and scarring.

Staying focused on prevention and treatment will lead to success for most people. There is no cure and no way to guarantee that an outbreak is avoidable, but staying focused and informed is an important step to becoming outbreak-free.

The Five Best Mobile Apps for Cold Sore Sufferers

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There is an app for everything today, so no one should feel surprised when they learn that guidance and advice for their cold sore problem is only a tap, or swipe, away. Here are five apps, in no particular order, that offer a lot of information and advice for free. Not all of these apps are specifically designed for people with cold sores, but what they offer is often still useful for controlling outbreaks.

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#1 Trigger- Cold Sore Cure 1.0

Obviously, there is no cure for cold sores regardless of what this app may be named. Despite its boastful title, it is still a valuable app to have. Users track their activities, diet and other lifestyle options as well as recording cold sore outbreaks. The app helps to determine possible personal triggers and warns when entering a “outbreak danger zone”. The more conscientious the user is about adding their information, the more effective the app is about predicting an outbreak risk. Download Trigger.

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#2 SympTracker 1.0 for iOS

This app has features similar to Trigger, but also includes medical advice, lets people track how effective the treatments they have tried are and provides information about taking preventative measures. The chronic cold sore sufferer may not find a lot of advice or facts that they do not already know, but the reminders and trackers are worth the download.

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#3 Hift – the Dating App

It may seem out of place to add a dating app to a list for cold sore sufferers, but this dating site is not a traditional matchmaking business. Hift is designed specifically for people with Herpes and STDs. There are a number of similar sites, but this is one of the few that specifically includes a category for HSV-1 sufferers, rather than including everyone under the herpes category. The benefit for singles using this app is the opportunity to find a partner that understands the embarrassment and frustration cold sores cause. The company keeps all of their information protected, so the privacy of all members is safe. Download Hift.

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#4 Headspace – Guided Meditation

Since many people suffer outbreaks more frequently and more severely during times of stress, a meditation app may help to reduce the problem. Headspace is one of the most popular apps of this kind and is appreciated by many for its basic, down-to-earth exercises. The app offers simple techniques that anyone can enjoy. Download Headspace.

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#5 ApreSkin

Most skincare apps are only focused on beauty routines or cosmetics. This app is different because it is health-based. The app scans the skin and determines its overall health including dryness, red patches or other concerns. It provides information about caring for the skin, notifies the user when a serious concern is noticed and sets alerts regarding the weather or other issues that could affect the skin. Cold sore sufferers often experience outbreaks when they get too much sun or when their skin becomes too dry. A few reminders to take better care of the skin may help to reduce outbreaks. Download ApreSkin.

7 Little Changes That Will Make a Big Difference With Cold Sore Outbreaks

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Living with cold sores is something that many people have to accept. There are ways to reduce the frequency of outbreaks and devices that do stop them entirely for some people. Unfortunately, not everyone is this lucky. In these instances the only answer is to find a way to make them less of an annoyance and to alleviate the pain. Here are a few tips to make that possible.

Mind Your Hands
Wash hands frequently to prevent the spread of an outbreak to other areas of the face or body. Clean hands will also stop the spread of the virus to others. Keep hands away from the face because it is impossible to keep them sterile 24-hours a day. Many people subconsciously pick at a cold sore without realizing it and this leads to inflammation and could potentially cause an infection. Plus, the oils and dirt on the hands may cause pimples to develop.

Buy in Bulk
Replace anything that touches the face during an outbreak. This includes toothbrushes, makeup brushes and lip balm. The virus can remain on these items and cause new breakouts after the original sore heals.

Take Some Vitamins
Cold sore sufferers may avoid Vitamin C because taking it can lead to an outbreak. This is potentially true, but it is only a part of the story. Vitamin C helps the body to build up its immune system by increasing T cell production. T cells activate HSV-1 cells by attacking them, but may not initially have the strength to kill the virus. This often leads to more outbreaks immediately after adding Vitamin C to a diet. Stopping will return the system to normal, but continuing to take the vitamin will allow the T cells to fully mature and become strong enough to kill the virus before the cold sore erupts. It is not a cure, but it may eventually help to prevent many outbreaks.

Avoid Covering Sores
The problem with hiding a cold sore is that common covering methods may irritate the sore. Shielding sores behind the hands while talking can lead to spreading the virus and makeup can irritate or infect the sore. Makeup will not stay on open sores and it will clump or settle into scabby spots and make the sore even more noticeable. An exception would be the medicated patches that are safe to use, but some people find these more irritating than helpful.

Relax a Little
Take five minutes, three or four times a day, to apply a cool compress to the sore. The compress will reduce inflammation and the short break helps people to decompress. This gives them the ability to help themselves in two ways at the same time. Try adding whole milk or a few drops of vanilla to the cloth for a more effective compress.

Buy a Sunhat
The sun causes many outbreaks as well as making existing sores more irritated. Wear a hat, use sunblock and sit in the shade. Reducing sun exposure helps to prevent cold sores as well as wrinkles, dark spots and skin cancer.

Avoid Hot Beverages
Coffee, cocoa and tea are soothing to everything except a lip with a cold sore. The heat of the beverage can increase the swelling and redness and potentially cause more pain. During an outbreak people can still get their dose of caffeine by choosing the iced versions of their favorite drinks.

Small lifestyle changes make a big difference over time. Rarely is the effect instantaneous, but within a few months people will often notice the outbreaks are occurring less frequently and the sores are healing faster. Every improvement is a step in the right direction and none of these steps are painful or expensive. Try them all and see how it works for you.

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Cold Sores

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Tired of researching advice, facts and other miscellaneous information about cold sores every time one starts to appear? Well, stop wasting time by saving this page because this convenient guide will tell you everything you need to know. Here are the all of the details about avoiding the spread of outbreaks to yourself and others, how to stop cold sores in their tracks and how to potentially prevent future outbreaks.

Keeping it Private

Your mother probably taught you to share, but it is doubtful she meant your cold sores. The reality is that the majority of adults are already carriers of the virus that causes outbreaks. However, there is no point in exposing the few who are not affected to the virus unnecessarily or passing a potential cold sore on to someone else. You also do not want to risk spreading the sores to other parts of your body or face. Follow these instructions during your next outbreak to avoid these unhappy events.

  • Do not share towels, clothing or utensils and drink containers.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after touching your face.
  • Do not kiss or allow any skin to skin contact near the infected area.
  • Do not borrow or lend lip balm or cosmetic products.
  • Wash dishes in hot water with a tablespoon of bleach to sterilize.
  • Do not share pillows with partners or children.
  • Toss out toothbrushes, lipstick and lip balm after an outbreak.
  • Sterilize or replace makeup applicators.
  • Do not break open the blisters intentionally. Wash your face immediately if the blisters do break.

Stopping the Severity

Most people only want to rid their skin of the blemish as fast as possible once a cold sore appears. There are several ways to make this happen.

  • Prescription medications relieve the discomfort and may shorten the outbreak by two or three days.
  • OTC creams also shorten the duration of some sores and provide a minimal amount of camouflage to the blisters.
  • Applying ice directly to the cold sore can reduce swelling and redness.
  • Cold milk compresses may also help to reduce swelling.
  • Cold sore inhibitor devices are best when used before the cold sore appears, but they also reduce the lifespan of most sores.
  • Aloe Vera gel helps to keep the skin softer and takes aways some of the burning sensation.

Stopping the Outbreak

The best scenario is to not experience a cold sore. This is possible, but the results are never guaranteed. Some people will continue to have outbreaks regardless of how careful they are.

  • Eat healthy. A good diet keeps the immune system strong.
  • Add more Vitamin C and E to the diet. They improve skin health, increase antioxidants and reduce inflammation.
  • Drink milk. The L-lysine in milk fights against the herpes virus.
  • Protect the skin from the sun. Use sunscreen and purchase a lip balm with SPF protection.
  • Eat zinc-rich foods.
  • Use an inhibitor device as soon as the first tingle is noticed.

Be cautious of home “remedies” that promise to eliminate a cold sore in a day or less. Many involve opening the sore, burning the sore and applying caustic chemicals to the area where the blemish is located. All of these methods are painful, can lead to scarring and may cause the spread of the blisters.

Seven Horrible Mistakes People Make With Cold Sores

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There is never a good time for a cold sore outbreak, but they always seem to appear at the worst possible moment. They pop up before job interviews, while preparing for a special event or the morning before a first date. People feel helpless and cancel plans or spend the day with their hand in front of their face. Neither of these actions do anything to prevent a cold sore or make it go away faster. In fact, most of the things people do when they have a cold sore makes the problem worse. If you are a cold sore sufferer here are some of the common mistakes you are probably making that are not helping you in any way.

Not managing stress properly.
The reason why cold sores always appear before a big event is because of stress. This is a common cold sore trigger and it can make an already trying time even more difficult. Recognizing when your stress levels are getting out of control and taking action towards alleviating the stress will help to reduce the frequency of outbreaks. Consider scheduling a massage, taking a walk or reading a book to help reduce stress during chaotic times.

Picking at the blisters.
Popping cold sore blisters will not make them heal faster. The clear fluid in the blister spreads the virus and can cause additional cold sores on the face when the blister is popped. Irritating the sore by picking or popping it could lead to infection and is more likely to make it larger and take longer to heal.

Eating the wrong foods.
Arginine is an amino acid that the body needs, but it also causes cold sores by blocking the benefits of another amino acid, L-Lysine. During an outbreak avoid eating chocolate, shellfish and turkey as well as peanuts and most seeds. Also restrict cola and beer intake. A cup of L-lysine rich whole milk may provide some additional help for healing and preventing outbreaks.

Covering it with makeup.
It is natural to want to hide the sore, but applying makeup may make it worse. Many cosmetics contain perfumes and other chemicals that can irritate damaged skin. In addition, the sore could be opened up and irritated while the makeup is applied or removed.

Believing there is no help.
Chronic cold sores seem invincible. Homeopathic remedies, over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs often have no success. It is frustrating, but do not give up. Learning more about the triggers, new healing methods like the Cold Sore Inhibitor and how to care for them when they appear are methods that have led to success for many sufferers.

Spending more time in the sun.
An old folk remedy says that blisters will dry up faster when they are exposed to the sun. With cold sores the reverse is true. The UV rays from the sun are known to cause cold sores. Not only will sun exposure rarely help, it may actually cause additional sores to appear.

Forgetting cold sores are contagious.
Sufferers can experience multiple sores and they are easy to pass on to others. Families that share towels, kiss each other and drink from the same container during an outbreak spread the problem around. Avoiding this behavior, not touching the face and washing the hands frequently prevents additional outbreaks.

11 Myths About Cold Sores: Busted

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Cold sores are an embarrassing reality for many people. Like many other embarrassing topics, there is a lot of incorrect information available about them. There are many reasons why the truth becomes so skewed over these types of issues, but often it is just because people hide their problem and do not seek answers from professionals. Some myths are harmless, but many of them do cause damage because they prevent people from seeking genuine solutions or protecting themselves properly.

Myth: Cold sores and genital herpes are the same thing.
Reality: Both are caused by the herpes virus, but different strains of the virus. Having a cold sore does not mean someone has an STD.

Myth: Cold sores are not contagious or can only be passed to someone through kissing.
Reality: Cold sores are very contagious and are passed by sharing towels and utensils and even shaking hands if the person with an active cold sore touches their face immediately prior to shaking hands.

Myth: Cold sores inside the mouth are called canker sores.
Reality: Cold sores can develop inside the mouth, but they are not canker sores. Cankers are caused by vitamin deficiencies, certain foods and trauma to the mouth. They are not caused by a virus and are not contagious.

Myth: Once a cold sore is dry and crusted over it is no longer contagious.
Reality: Any of the fluid from a cold sore can spread the virus. A sore that has scabbed over is in the process of healing, but it can still contain fluid that will pass the virus on to others.

Myth: Nothing prevents an outbreak or helps a cold sore heal faster.
Reality: There are ways to reduce the length of an outbreak and even ways to prevent them from occurring. Inhibitor devices are capable of assisting with both of these tasks. A healthy diet, restricted sun exposure and OTC and prescription medications are also useful to many people.

Myth: People only get cold sores when they are sick with a cold or the flu.
Reality: Cold sores can appear at any time and have numerous potential triggers. Many people experience cold sores more often when they are sick because their immune system is weakened.

Myth: Breaking a cold sore blister makes it heal faster.
Reality: Draining the fluid from a cold sore may potentially help it to dry up a little faster, but it is far more likely to cause additional problems. Irritating a sore can lead to infection, make the sore larger and more noticeable and cause additional sores.

Myth: Only people with cold sores have the virus.
Reality: Current estimates state that between 70 to 90 percent of the adult population in the United States has the HSV-1 virus. Of those people, only 30 percent suffer reoccurring outbreaks and many will never experience an outbreak.

Myth: A cold sore will always be on the lips.
Reality: Cold sores are most commonly seen on the lips, but they can appear anywhere on the face or body. However, it is rare for outbreaks of cold sores to appear on the body in people with a healthy immune system.

Myth: The virus will eventually go away.
Reality: Unfortunately, once the virus is contracted it remains in the nervous system for life. People that suffered with cold sores during childhood may believe they are healed when they stop experiencing outbreaks, but this is usually because of hormonal or lifestyle changes. If tested they would discover the virus is still in their body.

Myth: You can forget about them after they heal.
Reality: Anyone with reoccurring outbreaks must always remain vigilant about preventing them. This means beginning their treatment method at the first tingle and being aware of common actions that could trigger an outbreak. Examples are cosmetic procedures like skin peels and waxing. Both are known to encourage outbreaks and a chemical peel may initiate a severe outbreak of multiple sores.

The Lengthy History of the Cold Sore

HippocratesOver 2,000 years ago Hippocrates wrote about the lesions suffered by many people during his time. Greek scholars referred to these sores as herpes based on their word “herepein”. This word, meaning to creep or crawl, described the tendency of the lesions to spread. Ancient history offers many references to this troublesome condition and it is obvious that the sores and their spread was very similar to what people experience today.

There were numerous methods used over the years to control the problem, but few were effective and none were able to stop the sores from reappearing later on. Public kissing was banned by the Roman Emperor Tiberius who hoped the effort would stop a serious outbreak. Celsus, a Roman physician, treated the sores by cauterizing them with a hot iron. Of course, cold sores were also treated for centuries around the world with the popular medical method of bloodletting.

Surprisingly, there were many methods of treatment that were useful. During the middle ages a plant known as Tansy was used to treat herpes sores, both genital and cold sores. This plant is now undergoing laboratory studies by medical researchers because it is believed to contain beneficial anti-viral properties. Ancient Egyptians used honey and aloe for a variety of skin concerns and both are known today to be genuinely soothing for the skin.

It was not until the late 19th century that it was proven conclusively that the sores were transmitted from one person to another and not by eating tainted meat the way many believed. Emile Vidal, a French Scientist, made this discovery after an American dermatologist singled the virus out as unique from other non-contagious skin concerns. In the early 20th century it was determined that cold sores are not a blood-borne disease but a virus that travels in the nerves. Despite the accuracy of these early studies it was not until 1981 that an effective anti-viral drug was released.

In 2008 scientists discovered that a gene mutation is present in people that develop cold sores. This was a mystery since many people have the virus that causes cold sores in their body, but never develop a single lesion. The discovery showed that the immune system in those who have the mutation is not able to ward off cold sores the way others do.

Luckily for modern cold sore sufferers there are better solutions than attaching leaches or scalding themselves with a hot iron. The research performed is offering the potential for a cure and effective treatment methods like the Cold Sore Inhibitor, OTC creams and prescription medication make it easier to avoid an outbreak or rid the body of one faster.

How to Prevent Cold Sores

Feel a cold sore break coming on and looking for a solution to prevent them from breaking out? Look no further; The Cold Sore Inhibitor is a fast and effective cold sore treatment that works by touching the two non-invasive device probes around the affected cold sore outbreak area several times throughout the day. You’ll start feeling the cold sore start to go away very little time. Find out more info on how to prevent cold sore outbreaks here.

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