How to Get Rid of Cold Sores

Blisters on your mouth can be embarrassing, but you can get rid of cold sores quickly with these remedies.

You will need

  • Ointment
  • A washcloth
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Petroleum jelly
  • A toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • A cotton swab (optional)

Step 1 Avoid touching Avoid touching, picking, or scratching a cold sore. This will facilitate healing and reduce spreading of the virus.

Step 2 Use ointment Use over-the-counter ointments when burning, itching, and tingling of the skin begins.

Step 3 Clean infected area Clean the infected area with a warm washcloth and antibacterial soap.

Step 4 Apply petroleum jelly Apply petroleum jelly directly to the cold sore. This will seal in the virus, reduce irritation, and prevent further infection.

Step 5 Replace toothbrush Replace your toothbrush and toothpaste to avoid recurrence.