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What do I do if my cold sore leaves a scar?

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Treatment for cold sore scars includes drinking plenty of water, using honey, applying aloe vera gel or using tea bags. Prescription medication is available to clear up cold sore scars.

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Cold sores are small red blisters that appear on the lips and are a result of the herpes simplex virus. Cold sores are painful, and they typically last for 10 to 14 days. Scars sometimes result from cold sores, but there are ways to diminish the scars.

Drinking eight glasses of water per day hydrates the skin, removes toxins from the body and increases blood flow that helps the body heal quickly. A dab of honey applied to a cold sore scar three times per day helps to diminish the appearance of the scar. Aloe vera gel applied to a cold sore scar helps to heal the skin quickly. A green tea bag soaked in warm water and applied to the cold sore reduces the size of the fluid-filled lesion, aids in the healing of the sore and reduces the appearance of the scar.

If cold sores are a common problem or scars do not fade easily, a physician can supply a prescription for medication that reduces the pain associated with cold sores and helps to heal the lesions without a lot of scarring.

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