- 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.
- TIP: Talk to your doctor about prescription ointments if you have frequent outbreaks. See a doctor if cold sores remain after two weeks of treating with home remedies.
- 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.
- TIP: Don't dip your finger back in the jar after touching the sore. Use a cotton swab to apply.
- Step 5: Replace toothbrush Replace your toothbrush and toothpaste to avoid recurrence.
- FACT: Did you know? Alfred Wolfram holds the world kissing record. In eight hours he kissed 8,001 people according to the Guinness Book of Records.
You Will Need
- A washcloth
- Antibacterial soap
- Petroleum jelly
- A toothbrush
- A cotton swab (optional)