How To Get Rid Of Cold Sores Fast

Published on April 10, 2012

How do you get cold sores?

Before we learn how to get rid of cold sores fast, let’s see what causes it first. Also known as fever blisters, the oral herpes is an infection of the lip caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV1). When active, the virus causes painful blisters located on the lips, gums, tongue, palate, inside of the cheeks and sometimes face and neck. It can also trigger other symptoms like fever and muscle pain.

Cold sores infection usually occurs when the virus enters the body through small cracks or cuts in the skin or mucus or after contact with an infected person (no matter whether the lesions are visible or not). Touching an infected person usually is enough to get infected. Teenagers and adults can also get infected by having sexual intercourse or kissing. When the infection outbrakes, the visible blisters and the sores show up when the vesicles erupt after the HSV particles mature and break the cell membrane.

What are cold sores symptoms?

How to get rid of cold sores fastPeople infected with cold sores usually get headaches, dizziness, lower appetite, insomnia, nausea, chills, fever and muscle pain around the backbone (especially the area towards the head), but all these symptoms disappear after 3 to 5 days.

On the skin and gums, infected persons get small blister filled with fluid that easily break, leaving lesions that heal in several days. The entire time the infection is active and even a few days before, the sick persons experience burning feeling and itching in the infected area.

How to get rid of cold sores fast?

First of all, you need to take a break. Doctors recommend physical break for one or two days, especially for persons with low immunity, suffering or recovering from other conditions, pregnant women and children.

How to get rid of cold soresThe infected person will eat as many vegetables and fruits as possible, especially those rich in vitamins A (like carrots, orange squash or sweet potatoes), C (broccoli, red bell peppers, oranges, strawberries or grapefruit) and E (tomatoes, kiwi, mango, blueberries or peaches) . During the first days, food that contains fat is forbidden, because it rushes the eruptions. Smoking is also forbidden during the entire outbreak.

Propolis, marigold, lemon balm or oregano cream should be applied on the blisters, while burdock and chamomile are also recommended. For the herpes located on the lips, you can also use foamed egg white.

People suffering from cold sores should drink herb tea (nettle, plantain, rhubarb), one tea spoon of plant for a cup of water. Two cups per day are recommended, drank slowly, a sip at a time. Also, two cups of plant mix tea per day is highly recommended: oak root, chamomile, sage and sweet-clover or nettle, rosemary, plantain and fumitory. 20 drops of marigold tincture, three times a day, are also recommended.

If the symptoms still don’t go away, you should go see a doctor, because having the virus can lead to serious complications. Also, to protect the people around you, after getting rid of cold sores you must know the herpes vesicles still contain large quantities of virus which survive up to 7 days and can be transmitted through saliva.

Update 01/23/2013: We recently came across an interesting eBook and later found out that people looking to get rid of cold sores fast have been getting impressive results with the methods recommended by Ellie Gadsby. For example, in the picture below you can see how a lip cold sore looks like after just three days of following Ellie’s advice. So if you want to check out the eBook, just click here.

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jessi May 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Thx this really helped i have a question will ice work too:)


Vlad August 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Sometimes it works. You can try applying the ice directly on the cold sore, there were cases when it reduces the inflammation and temporarily reliefs the pain. Also, some people recommend using ice from the first signs of a cold sore in order; apparently it reduces the size therefor it heals a lot faster.


Nicholas Hopp May 20, 2012 at 1:24 am

This sounds like how to cure canker sores not Herpes Simplex… I dont typically get blisters as much as i just get a red lip that seems extremly dry, but this is mostly shure to help! Thank you for posting this information, its helped many!!!


Jenny Jackman May 21, 2012 at 4:01 am

Thanks Vlad for this great information on cold sores. I am also researching about the Herpex Simplex Type 1 virus and its effects on the human body. As far as the root causes of cold sores are concerned, one of the primary causes is weakened immune system.

Cold sore virus stays resident in our body since our birth. Some may contracts the virus from another cold sore sufferer. But when this virus is dormant, it can not affect our body much. When our immune system gets weakened, this virus starts to grow rapidly and then cold sores are formed on our lips, chin, cheeks, nose, nostrils, etc.

This is why the best way to fight off the cold sore virus is to improve our daily lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle changes such as eating balanced healthy diet and performing healthy exercises such as yoga and meditation can certainly improve our immune power. An improved and enhanced immune system is then capable of fighting with HSV-1 viral infection.


jordan September 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

Helo I hav a blister and I went to sleep and av woke up and its spread on my lips and on my nose how can u help


Gabby September 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

I have gotten cold sores for as long as I can remember. I just ate a bowl of carrots. Will that make the cold sore go away for my soccer game? or before it turns into a full out cold sore. What can I do other then eating carrots? Please respond SAP please.


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