Ice may not reduce the duration of a breakout, but it can ease the discomfort and inflammation of cold sores. Apply a cold pack directly to the sores for temporary relief.
2. Aloe vera
Aloe vera gel is widely available and can be grown as a houseplant. While research connecting the plant to cold sores is limited, applying it topically can aid in soothing the skin when a cold sore breaks out. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful.
3. Vanilla Oil or Extract
Apply vanilla oil or vanilla extract to the area of concern as soon as you feel a tingling sensation. Soak a cotton ball with vanilla extract and hold it in place for one to two minutes; do this four times daily until the cold sore heals. The anti-inflammatory activity helps heal the cold sore and reduce pain. Vanilla oil also helps fight the infection and speed up the healing process.
4. Keep Your Hands Off
A cold sore is highly contagious until it crusts over and heals, so keep your hands off to avoid spreading the infection. If you use a face towel or cold compress, put it directly in the dirty laundry pile afterward.