You can do some things yourself:

  • Eat soft and cool food (avoid acidic and spicy foods)
  • Make sure your hands are clean when you touch your cold sore
  • ☀️ Use a sunblock lip balm when you go outside
  • Drink lots of water
  • Take a paracetamol or ibuprofen if you have pain 

A pharmacist can recommend the following:

  • creams to ease pain and irritation
  • antiviral creams to speed up healing time
  • cold sore patches to protect the skin while it heals