Cold Sores (cont.)
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Self-Care at Home
Cold sores contain the HSV-1 virus. People with cold sores should wash their hands often, especially after touching the face. Cups and eating utensils should not be shared with another person. A home remedy like cold compresses may relieve pain temporarily. Lysine, an amino acid, was once thought to be a potential treatment, but the facts supporting this are unconvincing. Other home remedies, including vitamin E oil, vitamin supplements, nail polish remover, and changes in diet, have not been well studied.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/7/2014
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