3. Over-the-Counter Creams
Look for medicines that contain numbing agents such as phenol and menthol to reduce cracking and soften scabs. Abreva is an over-the-counter topical remedy used to help speed healing and is one of the most common ways to soothe a cold sore quickly as it minimizes pain. If you tend to get cold sores a lot, ask your doctor or dermatologist if there is any medical cream that can be prescribed to you as well. With either cream though, the key is to apply it as soon as you feel a cold sore coming on. If your cold sore is still causing you pain or discomfort, painkillers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen will also help.