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How to treat a cold sore: Zoe Foster Blake shares her easy remedy

The beauty guru swears by the three-step plan each time a nasty tingle emerges.

If you suffer from cold sores, you’ll know that they usually pop up at the most inconvenient times.

While there are plenty of weird and wonderful remedies out there for treating these nasty herpes blisters (yes, we’re looking at you nail polish remover!), Zoe Foster Blake has shared her three-step method to treating a dreaded sore in a matter of days.

“I might be stressed? Can’t imagine why. Anyway. Cold sores need swift action: I’ve taken my Famvir, double dose of lysine and locked it down with a Compeed patch,” the mum-of-two shared on social media.

Ouch! Image: Instagram

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Get them too? Zoe’s treatment comes in three simple steps, and swears by it every time she gets an outbreak. Here’s how it looks:

STEP 1 – TAKE: Famciclovir Once Cold Sore Treatment and Lysine

Zoe shared that when she gets a bad outbreak, she turns to Famciclovir Once Cold Sore Treatment and a double dose of Lysine to help reduce the duration of the cold sore.

“Take this ASAP – no time to waste not a friggen second,” Zoe recommended in her Instagram highlights. “I always keep these in house. And in travel bag. Ya gotta take them REAL fast. First sign of red or tingle. Taking them a day in probably won’t help.”

Take and use these says Zoe. Image: Instagram 

STEP 2 – COVER: With a cold sore patch

To stop any spreading (especially with others around), Zoe recommended covering the cold sore with Compeed patches until the sore has almost completely disappeared.

“These are critical. Keep stocked up. I keep singles in my wallet always. Wear them non-stop (change every 6-8 hours; wear overnight) till it has completely gone,” she said. “Lock that shit down. Keep things healing, and hygienic and non-contagious. SHOW IT WHO IS BOSS.”

STEP 3 – DISTRACT: Because nothing makes you more self-conscious than something gross growing on your face

With her treatment taken and the cold sore “locked down” and covered up, Zoe’s next step is to distract prying eyes from the blisters on her mouth.

“Confuse and dazzle people with hair clips and eye make-up and they won’t notice a thing,” she said.

Looking for other natural remedies? This mum swears by a rather strange combination to get rid of a cough in a few days.

Dr Sam Hay offers his advice

According to Kidpsot’s resident GP Dr Sam Hay, Zoe’s treatment plan is a pretty good one.

“For people who struggle with cold sores regularly, they can try patches and lysine, but for those who struggle for longer and more severe outbreaks, these anti-viral tablets are a great episodic treatment,” he says.

“I see a lot of people treating their cold sores with the patches, and sure, they might work for settling them a lot faster. But it’s a case of if they work, use it, and if they don’t then don’t bother.”

If you’re concerned about any symptoms you or a family member has, please speak to your local health practitioner for advice.

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