How to Stop a Cold Sore in its Early Stages

Key Takeaways

  • Early signs of cold sores include pain, itching, swelling, and small fluid-filled blisters.
  • Immediate treatment with topical products containing Lysine can reduce severity and healing time.
  • Applying ice and using pain relievers can alleviate symptoms.
  • Protect the area from the sun using SPF 30+ sunscreen to prevent worsening.
  • Maintain cleanliness, avoid touching the sore, and manage stress to prevent spreading.
  • Consult a doctor before starting new treatments.

How to Stop a Cold Sore in its Early Stages

A cold sore, also known as a fever blister, is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), usually acquired during childhood. These sores typically appear on or around the lips and mouth but can also occur in other face areas. They are usually small, red bumps that may be filled with fluid.

Spotting a Cold Sore Early On

Identifying a cold sore early is important to begin treatment as soon as possible. Several signs may indicate the presence of a cold sore:

  • Painful, itchy sensation around the mouth or lips.
  • Swelling or redness in the affected area.
  • Small blisters filled with fluid.

Quick Relief for Cold Sore

Treatment to help stop a cold sore should begin immediately after visible symptoms appear to limit their duration and severity. There are several ways to help gain quick relief and to help stop a cold sore in its tracks.

Topical Treatments

Topical treatments for cold sores include creams, ointments, and patches that help reduce inflammation and irritation. They are typically applied directly to the affected area and can alleviate pain and itching.

To help cut healing time in half, look for Quantum Health’s line of Lip Clear topical products that contain Lysine and other helpful nutrients like menthol. Lysine helps by slowing down the body’s absorption of arginine, a type of amino acid that cold sores need to grow.

Ice & Pain Relievers

Applying ice to the cold sore and using pain relievers can help reduce the amount of pain experienced while a cold sore is in its early stages. It can also help reduce the inflammation around the cold sore area.


During all the stages of a cold sore, it is important to protect the area from the sun. Using sunscreen can help block the area from damaging UVA and UVB rays, which can worsen a cold sore. Be sure to use sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher to be most effective. Check out Quantum Health’s SuperLysine+® ColdStick, armed with SPF.

Check out our post on the sun’s impact on cold sores to learn more.

Lastly, make sure to now extend the length of a cold sore by avoiding high levels of stress and heat, touching the sore, and popping or rubbing the sore. Avoiding these things in combination with using our Lip Clear Lysine topical ointments can help quicken the healing time of the sore.

Proactive Measures

You can also take several proactive measures to help stop a cold sore in the early stages. The primary focus must be keeping the affected area clean and dry. To help stop the spread of infection, avoid contact with the cold sore. Use a cold sore bandage or patch like Quantum Health’s Invisible Cold Sore bandage. Additionally, adequate sleep, stress management, and hydration help with symptom management.

These tips can help stop a cold sore in its early stages. With the right combination of treatments and lifestyle changes, you can get relief from painful cold sores quickly and effectively. But make sure to consult your doctor before starting any new treatment or supplement.

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