The Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV1) causes an infection that results in sore outbreaks. So, how do people get rid of cold sores? True, the infection is persistent, but there are many methods to treat the sores. And there are also ways to avoid an outbreak.
For best results, take drugs for these sores at the first sight of symptoms. The FDA has supported some drugs, such as Zovirax, Denavir, Valtrex and Famvir. These drugs will shorten the infection period and will also speed up healing. Creams are also helpful as these will block the outbreak and heal the sores quickly. Examples of these creams are Abreva, Quantum Super Lysine, Penciclovir (1% cream) and (Acyclovir 5% cream). Herpetrol gel, Zilactin and aloe gel are good for these sores too. These gels have a protective film to shield the sores and these also relieve the pain as well as other symptoms.
Some may ask how do people get rid of cold sores at home if those drugs, creams and gels are not at hand. Well, you can do cold compresses or whole milk compresses. With a cold compress, use ice bags or ice cubes. Simply put an ice cube on the sores for several minutes to reduce the swelling and redness of these sores. For a compress using whole milk, sit a glass of whole milk at room temperature for 10 minutes. After that, immerse a clean cloth into it and then place the soaked cloth on the sores for ten minutes. Do this for an hour or so, with ten minute intervals.
All these ways will answer the problem of how do people get rid of cold sores. But since the virus is not necessarily cured together with the sores, you may encounter another outbreak in the future when the virus is re-activated by factors like physical and emotional stress.