Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, or HSV, and there are two forms of the HSV virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Most cold sores are caused by HSV-1; HSV-2 is the virus associated with genital herpes. HSV-1 can be spreadby kissing an infected person, or eating or drinking after him or her. HSV breakouts can occur in various places on the body, including the nose. If you don't want to wait the usual amount of time it takes for a cold sore to run its course, usually 10 to 14 days, try these tips to heal your cold sore fast.
Things You'll Need
- Antibacterial soap
- Cotton swabs
- Triple antibiotic cream or ointment
- Petroleum jelly
- Pain reliever, such as acetaminophen
Wash hands well with hot water and antibacterial soap.
Use your finger or a cotton swab to apply a generous amount of triple antibiotic cream or ointment to the cold sore inside your nose.
Use another cotton swab to apply petroleum jelly to the sore. This will help protect the area from getting re-infected. Wash hands once again with hot water and antibacterial soap.
Take pain medication, as directed, for the discomfort. Take a multivitamin daily as this will help your body build up natural defenses to fight the infection.
Although the cold sore is irritating, avoid touching or picking at the sore. This will allow it to heal more quickly. Avoid salty foods as these will inflame the sore and make it larger.
If the cold sore is not gone within two weeks, or it gets significantly worse, see your doctor. You may need prescription medication.
Take steps to help prevent another breakout. Limit contact with anyone who is a carrier of HSV. Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet, as this will help keep your immune system healthy, lessening your chances of an outbreak. Try to avoid stressful situations, as stress causes your immune system to become compromised, which is turn can cause cold sores to appear.
Tips & Warnings
- Avoid sharing drinks, snacks or kisses with anyone while you are in the midst of a breakout.