Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are painful blisters that can develop on or around the lips. These sores are common and will go away on their own, but if you have a major event coming up — like a wedding or an important job interview — you might be wondering how to get rid of a cold sore fast.
1. Cold Compress
To help your cold sore outbreak heal quickly, try holding a cool, damp cloth against the sore. This can help make your sore less red and crusty and help it heal more quickly, reports the Mayo Clinic.
If you can feel a cold sore coming on, Harvard Health suggests applying ice to the area. This can keep a full-blown cold sore from developing or help it heal more quickly.
2. Cold Sore Ointment
Cold sore ointment is available over the counter and, when applied as directed, it can help shorten a cold sore outbreak. There are also products that numb the area to ease pain.
3. Prescription Medication
Antiviral drugs can also be used to help your cold sores heal more quickly. These drugs, such as acyclovir, famciclovir and valacyclovir, are available with a prescription from your dentist or doctor.
These medications are most effective when they're taken before the blisters appear. When you feel a cold sore coming — tingling, burning, swelling and redness in the area — the medications can help heal the cold sores or even stop them from appearing at all.