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Cold sores are small, sometimes painful, blisters that usually appear on or around your lips. But they don’t always show up on the lips. Cold sores can even appear on parts of your face like your chin or nose. Look below to see some of the areas where you could get a cold sore.

 

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Cold sores on the nose are typically easier to treat because they’re less likely to become irritated compared to ones on the mouth or lips.

Cold sores on the cheek are less common, but can easily be mistaken for a pimple. If you recognize the tingle, treat it fast.

Cold sores in the corners of your lip are more likely to split open when eating or talking. Be sure to keep the area moist, especially during the scabbing stage.

It is quite common for cold sores to appear on or around the upper lip area.

It is quite common for cold sores to appear on or around the lower lip area.

Cold sores on the chin area are rare, but can easily be mistaken for a pimple. If you recognize the tingle, treat it fast.

So what’s a cold sore and how can I get rid of one?

Cold sores are caused by a virus and they are actually quite common. Usually a cold sore will clear up on its own but sometimes that can take as long as two weeks. However, you can use Abreva® Cream to shorten the healing time. Abreva® is FDA approved and clinically proven to clear up a cold sore in 2½ days* when you use it at the first sign of one developing. Now that you know the facts about where you could get a cold sore and what you can do to get rid of one, you can be prepared if one shows up.