How to Get Rid of a Sore on the Side of the Lip

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    • 1). Press ice against the spot for several minutes as soon as you feel or see the beginnings of a cold sore. Not only does ice numb the uncomfortable tingling of a cold sore, but it may result in a less severe outbreak.

    • 2). Apply Abreva, a cold sore cream, directly to your sore. Abreva is the only cream the FDA says will shorten the duration of a cold sore, but other topical creams and gels can be used for pain relief.

    • 3). Take 15 mg of zinc a day until the sore is healed. Zinc fortifies your immune system and blocks the virus from replicating and making a bigger sore.

    • 4). Take 1,200 to 3,000 mg of lysine, an amino acid that supports healthy mouth tissue. Do this daily until the sore is completely healed.

    • 5). Squeeze fresh lemon into a full glass of fresh water. Drink five to eight glasses of water a day, adding lemon when you can. Lemon can help limit the reproduction of the virus.

    • 6). Use a cotton swab to dab petroleum jelly onto the sore when it begins to get dry. This will help healing and relieves some of the discomfort of cracked lips.

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