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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.


  • 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

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

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