How to Reduce Cold Sore Pain. The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores may be forever, but the pain resulting from outbreaks doesn't have to be. If you suffer from painful cold sores, there are a number of ways that you can both reduce the pain and speed healing.
Items you will need
- Over the counter pain killers (acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
- Medicated ointments and/or mouthwashes
- Something cold (ice, popsicle)
- Aloe vera gel
- Lemon balm extract
- Creams, sprays and/or ointments containing chaparral
Choose medical methods to reduce pain caused by cold sores. Often acetaminophen or ibuprofen will do the trick, however, you shouldn't use pain killers regularly over long periods of time. Additionally, mouthwashes and ointments made to treat cold sores, either by prescription or over the counter, can help to reduce symptoms, including pain.
Place something cold on your blisters to help reduce irritation and pain. Whether you are sucking on a Popsicle or rubbing an ice cube directly on the sore, a little blast of cold is certain to help in a pinch.
Use aloe vera gel on the blister beginning at the first tingling symptom. Continue applying aloe vera to the blister as it not only help to heal and moisturize, it is soothing and reduce pain and irritation of the blister.
Apply extract of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) directly onto the blister two or three times daily to help fight the virus and heal the blisters while reducing painful symptoms.
Look around at local health food stores for creams, sprays and ointments that contain the herb chaparral. Chaparral was first used by Native American Indians to treat colds, viruses, burns, sores, arthritis and other painful conditions. Applying products which contain chaparral to your cold sore offers immediate relief.