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How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore Fast

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Cold sores are painful clusters of blister-like lesions that can develop on or around the lips. The area where a cold sore develops is tender and these blisters can break and crust over. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus. These sores are common and will go away on their own, but if you have a major event on your calendar – like a wedding or an important job interview – you may be wondering how to get rid of a cold sore fast.

How to Treat a Cold Sore

The following can be used to treat a cold sore:

1. Cold Compress

To help your cold sore outbreak heal quickly, the Health Direct Australia recommends soothing the cold sore with ice wrapped in a clean cloth and resisting the urge to lick, poke and pick the affected area.

If you can feel a cold sore coming on in the days before your event but it hasn't appeared yet, you can also try applying ice wrapped in a clean cloth to the area where there is tingling and tenderness. This could possibly prevent it from becoming a full-blown cold sore.

2. Cold Sore Ointment

Cold sore ointment is available over-the-counter and when it's applied frequently, it can shorten a cold sore outbreak. Health Direct Australia recommends that ointment be applied as soon as symptoms start. Remember to carefully follow the package directions of your chosen product for best results.

Avoiding Future Cold Sores

The virus that causes cold sores is a lifelong problem but there are measures you can take to prevent outbreaks. If you suffer from cold sores often, your dentist may recommend taking an antiviral medication regularly to help prevent outbreaks. Your dentist may also advise avoiding factors that trigger your outbreaks, like stress or sun exposure.

When you have an important social or work event on your calendar, it's important to know how to get rid of a cold sore fast. Try these steps to make your appearance look fabulous.


This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.