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Cold Sore Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • Cold sores can usually be treated at home with OTC medicated antiviral creams and ointments applied directly to the sores.
  • Taking OTC pain medication like Tylenol can also help with the pain.
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When you may need a provider

  • If you frequently get cold sores, you may want to see a healthcare provider, who may prescribe an antiviral medication.
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Emergency Care

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Go to the ER if you have swelling of the lips or tongue that causes trouble breathing or swallowing.

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