What started as a tender, tingling sensation at the edge of your mouth is now a full-blown cold sore, and you want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are painful, fluid-filled blisters that occur on lips, under the nose, or around the chin. According to the NHS, the initial infection can also cause painful lesions inside the mouth on the tongue and cheeks, as well as gum swelling.
These cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, type 1 (HSV-1), but don't be alarmed. A study published in PLOS One found that 63.6% of adults aged 40-79 analysed in one part of the UK have HSV-1. Many of those infected with the virus may never manifest symptoms.
A cold sore usually goes away on its own within two weeks, but if you have a major event on your calendar — like a wedding or an important job interview — you're probably wondering how to get rid of your cold sore fast. Learn about your cold sore treatment options and how you can prevent future outbreaks.