How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore in 3 Days


Cold sores can be unattractive, painful and embarrassing. They might appear on the nose, cheeks or chin, but they are most commonly found on or around the mouth. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus, for which there is no cure. However, there are various treatments you can use to get rid of cold sores quickly. If you act at the first sign of a cold sore, you should be able to effectively get rid of it within three days.

Things You'll Need

  • Prescription antiviral medication
  • Topical treatments containing docosanol
  • Vitamin C supplement
  • Zinc ointment
  • Lysine supplement
  • Cold compress

Talk to your doctor about an antiviral medication, available with a prescription, which is designed to suppress the herpes virus. Take it at the first sign of a cold sore. It should be taken at the first sign of a cold sore.

Get an over-the-counter balm, ointment or cream containing docosanol, which is effective for treating cold sores. Apply these topical treatments regularly after a cold sore appears to help it clear up.

Take 200 mg to 500 mg of Vitamin C daily. Vitamin C supports your immune system, which helps your body heal the cold sore more quickly.

Apply zinc ointment to your cold sore. When applied topically, zinc helps cold sores to heal more expediently. You can find topical zinc in most health and drug stores.

Take Lysine supplements. This natural amino acid supports mouth health, helping the area to heal from cold sores more quickly. Take 1,000 mg of Lysine daily beginning at the first sign of a cold sore.

Place a cold compress on your cold sore. This helps counteract heat in the area, thereby reducing swelling, redness and pain. Apply the cold compress multiple times daily for at least two minutes at a time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Talk to your doctor about another prescription medication, which, if taken regularly, is designed to prevent cold sore outbreaks.
  • Avoid the sun while you have a cold sore. The sun's rays can worsen a cold sore, thereby prolonging its life.

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