How to Stop a Cold Sore With Ibuprofen

Save

Cold sores are painful. Many people want to get rid of them more because they look ugly than because of the pain they cause, but you really need a treatment that can do both. You may be able to stop a cold sore with ibuprofen or at least stop it from swelling as much and becoming so tender around your mouth. It is important to not take too much ibuprofen when you are treating your cold sore, though, even if you are becoming impatient.

  • Read the directions carefully on your bottle of ibuprofen. You will want to follow the recommended dosage for your age group. Usually, you will take two ibuprofen tablets every four hours. Read carefully on the bottle directions how many ibuprofen tablets you can safely take in a 24-hour period.

  • Take the ibuprofen tablets with plenty of water as soon as you feel the cold sore coming on. Many people complain of a tingling sensation, and they know this means they will have a cold sore soon. If you take ibuprofen, this will help reduce the pain and the swelling around the blemish site.

  • Continue to take ibuprofen tablets as directed as long as the cold sore is causing you pain or seems to be swelling. Once the pain has stopped and the swelling has gone down, you can stop the ibuprofen. The cold sore may have a scab at this point, and you will have to wait for it to heal completely.

  • Throw your toothbrush away if you are constantly getting cold sores and taking ibuprofen to treat the pain. Your toothbrush could be reinfecting you. Even if your toothbrush is not the cause, you should throw it out just to be safe. Toothbrushes are fairly cheap, and it will be worth it to keep the cold sores away.

  • Consult your doctor if you are constantly plagued by cold sores and treating them with ibuprofen. He may suggest another treatment for you, or you may need to be checked for another problem.

Related Searches

  • Photo Credit by House of Sims www.flickr.com
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • Tylenol Vs. Ibuprofen

    Tylenol and ibuprofen are two of the most common pain medications in the world. Used to reduce pain and fever, each medication...

  • How to Treat Painful and Swollen Breasts

    Breast pain is a pretty common occurrence for women. Many times it is related to the menstrual cycle, which is called cyclic...

  • How to Reduce Cold Sore Pain

    The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores may be forever, but the pain resulting from outbreaks doesn't have to be. If...

  • How to Prevent Allergy Related Cold Sores

    Cold sores and canker sores both form blister-like ulcers in and around the mouth; however, cold sores are a result of the...

  • How to Stop a Cold Sore With Aspirin

    Cold sores are red blisters on or around your lip. They are common, but there is no cure for them. Cold sores...

  • How to Care for a Cold

    Flu and colds are caused by different viruses. A cold is called an upper respiratory infection, because it involves the nose, throat...

  • Painful Sore on Tongue Home Remedy

    Sores on the tongue or inside the mouth are generally thought to be canker sores. Canker sores usually heal on their own...

Related Searches

Check It Out

This Is the Beauty Routine of a Yelp Sales Manager

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!