Cold sores look gross and feel even worse. If a cold sore is plaguing you, there is something you can do about it. Follow these instructions and you’ll be able to get rid of cold sores.
- Stay hydrated and moisturized. Chapped and cracking lips are more likely to be sensitive to the bacteria that cause cold sores. Keep your lips and skin hydrated by drinking water and moisturized with lip balm to avoid this weakness and sensitivity.
- Avoid stress. Stress weakens the immune system, which increases the sensitivity to cold sores. Develop a routine to relax each day and keep your body healthy.
- Start treatment when the tingling starts. The first sign of a cold sore is the tingling that develops under the skin. Start treating when you feel the first tingle instead of waiting for the sore to develop. Keep aspirin or ibuprofen handy to alleviate the pain of the sore. Apply a topical ointment to the sore. There are several over the counter ointments available for treating cold sores. Try one with an antiseptic included.
- Keep your hands clean. You will need to apply the ointment regularly so make sure your hands are clean beforehand. Use an antibacterial soap to wash before applying the ointment directly to the sore.
- Avoid spicy and salty foods. Spices and salt will sting if they come in contact with the open sore. Take these foods off your menu as long as you have a cold sore. By not inflaming the infection you will speed the healing process.
- Avoid touching your face. Just knowing that the cold sore is on your face causes you to want to touch it, to check to see if it is healing and to self-consciously cover it or hide it from view. Each time you do this you increase the chances of bringing bacteria into the sore and the rest of your face. Even without a cold sore you should avoid touching your face whenever possible but this is very important when you do have a sore.
- Apply treatment until the sore is healed. Once the swelling and redness start to recede, you may want to stop applying the ointment. Don’t. It is imperative that you continue treatment until the sore and tingling are both completely gone.
Cold sores are small infections of the skin that start with a tingling sensation then develop into red sores that will blister, break and then ooze. During the development and healing process cold sores draw attention and irritation. Get rid of them quickly by following these steps.