How to Treat Cold Sores?

Medical Treatment:
  • Eat cool, soft foods and avoid salty or acidic foods
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • If it hurts to brush your teeth, use an antiseptic mouthwash
  • Wash your hands before and after applying the cream with soap and water
  • Do not touch the cold sore
  • If sunshine is the trigger, use sunblock lip balm (SPF 15 or above)
  • Take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • Do not give aspirin to children under the age of 16
  • Do not share anything with other people - like cold sore creams, cutlery or lipstick
  • Do not rub cream into the cold sore
  • Do not have oral sex until the cold sore is completely cured
  • If your cold sores are very large, painful, or keep coming back, GP may prescribe antiviral tablets
  • Newborn babies, pregnant women and people with a weakened immune system may be referred to hospital for treatment

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