Cold Sores Treatment

Cold Sores Treatment

Cold sores (fever blisters) are painful blisters that form on or near the mouth.

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What are the


Painful blisters on the lips, mouth, nose, or throat, which eventually open up and form crusts
Sore throat
Pain in the mouth
Fever, body aches, and feeling ill

Pain and blisters may return after the first outbreak without the other symptoms. They are milder and last longer.

Man looking at the mirror checking Cold sores

How are they treated?

The majority of people need treatment when they first develop cold sores. However, if this is not the first time or you have mild symptoms, you do not necessarily need treatment. Treatment can come in two forms:

Woman pointing at her lips and Red circles

To prevent frequent or recurrent cold sores, you can take antiviral medicine daily. However, the majority of people do not require prevention treatment. If you have blisters, avoid sharing personal items with others.

Avoid acidic foods and beverages such as tomatoes, oranges, and grapefruit to avoid exacerbating and worsening symptoms.

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • You have a weekend immune system.
  • Experienced severe symptoms.
  • Cold sores lasting over two weeks.