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How to Stop a Cold Sore From Coming

author image Aretha C. Smith
Aretha C. Smith began her professional writing career in 2004. She has authored several training guides for Dalhousie University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English. Smith also holds a diploma in library information management from Nova Scotia Community College.
How to Stop a Cold Sore From Coming
A man has a cold sore on his lips. Photo Credit: alexx60/iStock/Getty Images

Cold sores are a recurring condition consisting of tiny, raised blistered on the skin that are filled with fluid. Typically occurring around the mouth area, they occasionally occur in the nose, chin, fingers or even inside the mouth. The telltale signs a cold sore is about to appear is a tingling sensation in the affected area. Also referred to as fever blisters, they cause pain and discomfort, eventually breaking open and crusting over. Following useful tips can help prevent cold sores before they occur.

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Step 1

Apply a few drops of pure tea tree oil to the affected area the moment you feel a tingling sensation. This home remedy can help prevent the cold sore from becoming full blown.

Step 2

Apply a topical cold sore medication, or inject an oral cold sore medication. Healthcenter.ucdavis advises taking these medications at the first sign of a cold sore. These types of treatments are found to be the most effective in preventing cold sores from fully manifesting.

Step 3

Refrain from touching the area of tingling when you feel a cold sore coming on. Be sure to wash your hands frequently to keep them clean as a further safety precaution.

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