How to Cure Cold Sores Fast

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How to Cure Cold Sores Fast

A cold sore is a blister that typically develops on the mouth. Also called a fever blister, the cold sore is caused by the herpes virus. The cold sore starts as a small, raised bump on the lip and may cause a slight tingling sensation. The cold sore then develops into a blister and can be both unsightly and painful. A cold sore will normally last for about a week to 10 days. To cure cold sores quickly or to minimise the episode, a sufferer must be aware that one is forming.

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  • Cold sore medication

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Take immediate action if you feel a small bump forming on your lip or feel a tingling sensation on the area. One of the keys to minimising the lifespan of a cold sore is to catch it in its early stages, according to the Mayo Clinic.

  2. 2

    Consider a cold sore topical medication, such as the over-the-counter medication Abreva or the prescription Denavir. Consult with your doctor before taking any medications, and discuss the risks with your pharmacist and doctor.

  3. 3

    Apply the medication according to its instructions.

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