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How to Soothe Cold Sores Pain

Maybe you have followed every tip related to cold sores prevention, but sometimes they are just there and won’t go away anytime soon. And they can be huge, they hurt, they tingle they itch and crack! Here is a short list of what you can use to reduce their discomfort.

The Tingling phase (first day or 2)


You can use ice to stop the tingling right-away. Ice can also stop the outbreak on its track if you act fast enough, it may prevent the virus from spreading. Put an ice cube in a plastic bag and place it directly on the blister for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat for an hour or more.

Ibuprofen or acetaminophen

You can take some Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen to ease the pain, respect the dosage stated on the bottle!

100% Pure Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E will soothe and reduce the time of the outbreak. Use a cotton swab to apply the oil directly and hold it there for 5-10 minutes.

The Itching and burning phase (3 days and +)

Vaseline or lip balm

Rub some Vaseline or lip balm on the scab. The soothing effect is instantaneous!

Pure Aloe Vera gel

Aloe Vera can be effective in the treatment of scabs, especially the herpes one. Apply pure Aloe Vera on the scabs with a cotton swab (Q-tips) every hour or as needed.

Zinc Oxide Ointment or cream

Put zinc oxide ointment or cream directly on the scabs several times a day. It will reduce the discomfort of your cold sores scabs and promote faster healing time. Take note that Zinc Oxide Cream may be harmful if swallowed.


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