Cold sores are unsightly and many times very painful to suffer from. The sooner you can rid yourself of them, the better for your complexion and peace of mind. Cold sores can be caused by many things including stress, acidic foods, herpes simplex virus and fever. The best way to avoid having them is to figure out what your triggers are. If you know what causes your outbreaks, it is easier to keep from getting them by avoiding those triggers.

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How To Quickly Get Rid Of Cold Sores

Wet the cold sore with the tip of a finger in some water. Now use that same finger to dip into the alum. Apply the alum directly to the cold sore and leave on for 30 seconds. Do not leave it on any longer, as it will dry your lips and cause cracking and scarring to occur. Rinse off with cold water. You can apply this three times a day for the extent of your outbreak.

Contact your doctor about possibly getting a prescription for Valtrex. This is normally given for genital herpes, but works effectively at a 1000 mg dose twice on the first day and once every day afterwards. This prevents the cold sores, but also will end the outbreak within an average of 3 days if taken at the first sign of a cold sore. The cheaper version of this drug is a generic, and will on average cost $35.00 for a 30 day supply of 500 mg tablets, whereas the Valtrex at minimum for a 30 day supply of 1000 mg tablets costs $65.00 to fill.

Apply Abreva to the tip of your finger and then apply directly to your cold sore. Coat the area around the sore with a thin layer of medication as well to prevent spreading. Every four hours you should reapply to keep the area protected. Clean with water only and reapply daily until the cold sore is gone, which on average is 4 days.

Use your finger to extract a small amount of Carmex out of the container. Use your finger to spread a thin layer onto the cold sore directly. This should ease some of the pain as well as the drying effect on the skin. Reapply whenever you notice your sore is no longer wet feeling. Continue this for 3 days. As the sores peel, clean and reapply the Carmex to insure protection of the area.


  • Any of these remedies should be used for a minimum of 3 days, with the best results occurring around the 4th day. Valtrex can only be obtained with a prescription from your doctor. Ask for a sample, as many offices keep it on hand. There are also salves that your doctor can prescribe that are given in the office that work the same as the Valtrex does, in shorter time frames. Always consult your physician if you are taking any medications before beginning a new one. You can use any or all of these remedies at the same time. Valtrex is best when first taken at the beginning of an outbreak, or the burning sensation on the lip. The other remedies can be used in conjunction with the medication.