How to get rid of cold sores

how to get rid of cold sores

The moment you feel that slight tingle, B*TCH you better move fast! LOL

I’m laughing as I’m writing this but cannot stress to you enough how important it is to act quickly as soon as you feel a cold sore coming on. As a veteran cold sore sufferer, if you don’t catch it right away, your cold sore will blow up to be very large and painful. If you don’t know, a cold sore essentially is a small orgy of blisters that pop up on your lips, around your mouth, or other areas of your face. Aka they are a life ruiner for one-two weeks lol.

So what do you do when you get one of these suckers? Unfortunately, there is no cure for cold sores and once you get one, you will always have it in your system. However, this doesn’t mean cold sores aren’t manageable or that there aren’t things you can to do treat them.

This is how to get rid of cold sores:


  • cold compress – hold an ice cube on it to help with the pain and swelling.
  • clera – topical clear gel you can buy from the drug store. I prefer this cream because of its color, so when you apply it, it doesn’t draw more attention to the cold sore.
  • abreva – topical white cream you can also buy from the drug store.
  • lysine – amino acids that you can take in the form of oral capsules or cream. I pop lysine like it’s candy the day I get a cold sore.
  • valtrex – a prescription treatment. Only works if you catch your cold sore at the beginning!
  • nail polish remover – dries out your cold sore. I’ve never tried this method personally due to the acetone in it, but it’s an old wives tale that I’ve heard time and time again. Be careful to not get it in your mouth.

Understanding your cold sore triggers:

  • avoid acidic foods/foods high in arginine (coffee, wine, chocolate etc)
  • avoid getting run down
  • avoid too much sugar
  • avoid getting over stressed/ too many late nights
  • avoid having a weakened immune system
  • avoid trauma to the mouth/dental work – never go to the dentist if you currently have a cold sore!
  • increase vitamin D intake
  • don’t get chilled or sometimes even too much sun can trigger one
  • hands off! Whatever you do, do you not touch your cold sore or pick at it as they are contagious in the beginning and can spread.

Hope this helps you with your cold sore endeavours! I have been dealing with cold sores for as long as I can remember so I can relate with you 100%. Good luck!

-Jenna xoxo

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