Health Tip: Coping With Cold Sores

Suggestions to ease discomfort of cold sores

woman touching lip(HealthDay News) — Cold sores are small blisters, triggered a herpes virus, that mostly form on the mouth.

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests how to cope with them:

Apply an over-the-counter antiviral cold-sore medication that contains docosanol or benzyl alcohol.

Apply an ice pack to ease pain, or an over-the-counter pain-relieving gel or ointment.

Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to manage pain.

Avoid acidic foods, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes, as well as spicy and salty foods.

Apply a cold, damp rag to the sores several times a day for five to 10 minutes at a time.

Apply petroleum jelly to the sore and surrounding skin.

— Diana Kohnle

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