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How to Get Rid of a Swollen Lip From Cold Sores

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author image Martha Premie
Martha Premie began writing in 2001. She is a licensed acupuncturist in Asheville, North Carolina, where she also teaches yoga and consults individuals on holistic health and nutrition. She has been published by the "Mountain Express Asheville" and "Take 5." Premie holds a degree in literature from SD Mesa College and a Traditional Chinese Medicine degree from the Daoist Traditions School of Chinese Medicine.
How to Get Rid of a Swollen Lip From Cold Sores
Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory herb that can help reduce inflammation. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Fever blisters, or cold sores, are mouth lesions caused by the herpes simplex virus. Once your lesion heals, your lip may remain swollen due to the infection and irritation that was present. This may still cause discomfort, even after the cold sore blisters are completely gone. Icing and some anti-inflammatory herbs may help reduce the inflammation, but contact your doctor if the cold sores reoccur frequently, as you may need prescription medication to treat your virus effectively.

Step 1

Use alcohol to clean the area of your lip where you had a cold sore and are now experiencing inflammation. Alcohol helps disinfect your skin to prevent further out-brakes of the herpes simplex virus. You can use any hard liquor, such as vodka or rum, for this step.

Step 2

Wrap a couple of ice cubes in a thin and clean hand towel. Apply the towel to the inflamed area of your lip.

Step 3

Put a drop of aloe vera lotion on your index finger and apply it generously to your inflamed lip. Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory plant that also relieves dryness and redness. Reapply aloe vera lotion to your lip as often as needed, until the inflammation on your lip is completely gone. The inflammation should reduce in size with one to two applications.

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