How To Get Rid of a Cold Sore

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, but they are not a sexually transmitted disease. There are two types of this virus. The first type causes cold sores while the second type causes the sexually transmitted disease, herpes. Cold sores are unsightly blisters that can cause embarrassment and a lot of pain. While there is not currently a cure for cold sores or the herpes simplex virus, there are a few treatment options that you can use to help provide yourself with some relief in the meantime.

  • Over the Counter Treatments– There are plenty of over the counter treatments you can use to get rid of your cold sore. The most popular and effective over the counter treatments include Abreva and Lysine. These treatments promise to help get rid of a cold sore faster than without treatment.
  • Home Remedies– There is a long list of at home remedies for cold sores. You can choose to eat some licorice, which is known to have healing properties. Or you can opt to dust licorice powder on your cold sore to help it heal more quickly. You can also apply milk directly to your cold sore. Other at home remedies for cold sores include applying petroleum jelly to the area to prevent infection. You can also pour salt on your cold sore. It will burn and sting for a little while, but your cold sore will go away a lot more quickly. You can also opt to dabble hydrogen peroxide on the area a few times a day. This can also help your cold sore heal more quickly.
  • Apply Ice– Applying ice to your cold sore can help reduce some of the swelling that you may experience. You should apply ice to the cold sores at least three times a day until the area is numb.
  • Wash Your Hands- To prevent your cold sore from becoming infected you should wash your hands each and every time that you touch your cold sore. You should try to avoid touching it as much as possible. You should be sure to wash the area that has the cold sore as well. When you wash the cold sore be sure to use warm water and an antibacterial soap.
  • Herbs– There are a number of herbs that have been successfully used to treat cold sores. Witch hazel is the most popular herb in treating cold sores at home.
  • See Your Doctor– If you are in a hurry to get rid of your cold sore and you think home remedies and over the counter treatments are not going to cut it, you should make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe you an anti viral medication that will heal the cold sore in roughly three to five days. If your cold sore does not go away within two weeks and you have been treating it, you should make an appointment to see your doctor to seek an anti viral medication as well.