• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Treating cold sores

January 18, 2019

a close-up of a woman's lips, with cold soresTreating cold sores
Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are a common viral infection. They are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips, often grouped together in patches. Cold sores generally clear up without treatment in two to four weeks. There are over-the-counter, prescription and alternative medicine treatments that may speed the healing process, as well as some self-care measures that may ease the symptoms. Find out more about treatment options for cold sores.

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