Eight ways to get rid of cold sores in just one day

Cold sores are the worst. Not only do they crop up in places where the whole world can see them, but they also hurt like mad and are easily infected. A lot of people think there's nothing they can do except wait them out and coat them in plenty of ointment with the hope that they'll disappear ASAP.

But what if you have an important date or interview that could be ruined by a cold sore? There's no need to panic! Here are eight tricks that will make your cold sores disappear in no time at all. In just one day, you'll be ready to face the world with a fresh pair of lips.

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1. Licorice
It's not for everyone: Some swear by it, others run from the flavor in disgust, but few realize that licorice is a great way to treat a cold sore outbreak. Licorice root is rich in glycyrrhizin. This acid prevents the spread of the virus that causes cold sores. What's the fastest-acting form of this substance? Try mixing licorice powder with water and directly applying it to your sores.

2. Peppermint oil
Peppermint oil has long been known to have antiviral properties that go beyond cleaning your airways. Try applying a small amount of peppermint oil directly on your sores three times a day. A pleasant side effect: You'll be smelling mint all day long.

3. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has numerous beneficial uses. It's also a great way to dry out cold sores and make them disappear in one day. Try applying a tiny bit of oil to your sores throughout the entire day. Consistent application will be most successful. You can purchase tea tree oil here.

4. Milk
A lot of people are skeptical of this tip, but give it a try for yourself. Place a glass of milk in the refrigerator overnight. When you wake up, soak a cotton ball in the milk for several minutes and apply a bit directly to the sore throughout the whole day. Since you shouldn't rinse away the milk, it's best to try this on a day when you don't have to leave the comfort of your own home.

Glass of milk

5. Hydrogen peroxide
The disinfecting properties of hydrogen peroxide help clean around the sore and support the body's natural healing processes. This substance is particularly helpful if the sore has already began to bleed. It's best to re-apply every 2-3 hours.

6. Garlic
You've probably heard it before: Garlic is good for you. Even though the stench can be something mighty, few can argue with its benefits: Garlic has amazing antibacterial properties that can also have a positive effect on cold sores. Try grinding up a little raw garlic and applying it directly to your sores even if the smell does take some getting used to.

Garlic

7. Ice
Ice? It sounds too simple, but it actually works. Even though frozen water doesn't share in the antibacterial qualities of some of the other tips on this list, an ice cube straight out of the freezer can help prevent the spread and worsening of cold sores. When you start to see signs of an outbreak, you should immediately apply ice to reduce swelling, pain, and to prevent you from picking at the sore all day long.

8. Vanilla extract
Another substance with the power to fight cold sores can be found on your baking shelf: Vanilla extract. Since the liquid often contains alcohol, it creates an inhospitable environment for viruses and bacteria to survive; any existing outbreaks should start rapidly reducing after application. Try applying a small amount of vanilla extract to your sores and repeat 4-5 times daily until they are all gone.

Vanilla Extract

Wow, these tips are so helpful, especially if you need a quick fix. It's estimated that 25% of people have the herpes virus that causes cold sores, so for all of you out there that are affected by these frustrating sores, these tips could be real life savers to make your lips free and clear once again.

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