How To Hide A Cold Sore

Lip Balm....Now!
Lip Balm....Now!

For those of us who get these awful and highly embarrassing aberrations, we know all too well what that waking up to that tingly feeling on our lip entails. And it always happens at the worst possible time. Before a meeting or even worse a job interview. Maybe it's a first date or that kissing contest you had been looking forward to attending. But in reality there is no great time for a cold sore, as it can be every bit as painful as it is hideous, and when you get that dreadful feeling, you know that the next 7-10 days are going to suck.

So what can you do? There are medications available, but they’re usually expensive and rarely work. You can get a prescription from your doctor if you are serious about dealing with them, but few of us think ahead to do so. So as you hunker down and wait it out for the ghastly blister thing to heal, here are a few ways to try to hide your temporary disfigurement. We’ll start with the reasonable and take it downhill as we go:

Suck in your lip – Makes conversation difficult and you look rather strange, but you have to do what you have to do.

Wear a band aid on your lip – I’ve tried this one and although everyone knows what you’re hiding, you still feel better about it. Have an extra one handy if you’re a messy eater like me.

Walk with your head down, everywhere – Don’t look up, just nod and waive in passing. Weirdo.

Walk around with a soda – Raising it to your lips every time you pass someone. Tiresome but it works.

Wear a dust mask – Allergies and all. A surgeons mask will work, but there may be a few more questions involved.

Wear a bag over your head – Be sure to cut the eye holes out

Wear Duct Tape over your mouth – This will do a fantastic job of hiding your blemish, hurts a little when removing.

Wear a bandanna – Like a cowboy. Not sure what your dress code is at work, and I wouldn't suggest heading to the bank for that line of credit today.

Wear a rubber mask – Obama or Mitt? Or go old school....It's an election year!

Color the affected area with a sharpie marker – Oh this? It’s just a mole!

Spread peanut butter over the sore – Not sure of the healing effect this will have on your blister, but it will conceal the area. And you will smell peanut butter all day long, it’s a win win! Allergic? Maybe the swelling will help.

Burn your lips with a crack pipe – You don’t actually need to smoke the crack, but heat up the glass pipe and hold it to your lips in an effort to burn your lips, this should help take people’s eyes off of that cold sore.

Some of these suggestions will work better than others, it depends on the situation. As someone who has dealt with these things since I was a child, I find what works best is to just grin and bare it until it passes. And no double dipping!


When I get a cold sore, I put Carmex on it, because Carmex is supposed to alleviate cold sores. I don't know if it does help, but it will make them more shiny and noticeable.

-Mitch Hedberg

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denisemai 4 years ago from Idaho

Funny. I can't decide which method I like best although wearing a bandana like some kind of train robber seems reasonable to me. Especially if it coordinates with your outfit. This is getting my upvote and I'm sharing it because all my friends deserve a chuckle today.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks denisemai, glad you enjoyed it!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

LOL, LOL..... after reading your hub I am so glad that I never had a cold sore in my life..... I don't think I could have pulled off those suggestions!!

Loved your hub though :))


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

If I get the tingle, I use Camphophenique, it will stop it before it starts. I just have to remember which purse I left it in.....

Considering this time of year, a Halloween mask is good. No one will see it, or who is hiding their face. You won't be able to go shopping but 'oh well'.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Lucky you LaThing, thanks for reading...glad you enjoyed!

I'll have to try that Becky, thanks!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I use to get terrible ones. The doctor gave me a five day medication and I don't get them anymore. I know how much I wanted to hide them. You have some good ideas here. Voted uP!


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Farmer Rachel 4 years ago from Minnesota

Very funny :) I friggin' HATE cold sores. Thank god I don't get them very often.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

hilarious you make my day....lol


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Glad I could help girishpuri, thanks!


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Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

As always entertaining..... thanks for the laugh on this mundane Monday.

~Becky


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks Becky, glad you liked it!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I like the idea of using a Sharpie. That is one sexy look with a mole. Hehe. :-)

P.S. I love the Raising Arizona photo with Nick Cage at the top.


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red mermaid 4 years ago

Have had this coldsore for three weeks now....I'm going to miss it when it finally goes lol You've given me quite a few things to consider if it lasts much longer


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I find that holding an ice cube on it when you feel that first tingle often stops the blister. If that doesn't work Abreva makes it feel better. As for hiding it, your ideas are pretty good.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Yes, the Halloween mask is a good idea--very timely! These are great ideas! Very funny. :-)


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks for reading guys, I'm a little embarrassed at all the attention this ones getting!


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

I've tried that, the abreva works at times for me, and not at others! Thanks Sherry!


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

haha, glad I could help red!


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

I thinks so, thanks Jeannie!


chloelozano 4 years ago

I love the picture on this post, LOL!


chloelozano 4 years ago

Very funny article! The band-aid tip brought an episode of The Office to mind where Michael Scott wore one to cover a cold sore. I voted up!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

DUH....It took me awhile to kick into gear and realize this is satire....as in "funny." And I'm so glad because I have a solution to add, that sounds a little weird, to say the least.

I have never had a cold sore, but my cousin does have to deal with this now and then......This what she told me, heals them each and every time......you can take it or leave it.....I admit, I laughed my butt off, but I do believe it works:

4 times a day, she dabs the oil from a can of tuna on the cold sore....holds her kitty on her lap...and the kitty licks the tuna oil off her lip. Now, in all seriousness, there are natural healing properties via a cat's tongue.......which is how they HEAL their own boo-boos. Supposedly, she rids herself of her cold sore in two days....by my calculations.....that's 8 tuna dates, playing kissy-face with your kitty. Don't knock it til you try it. It all makes sense to me.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

I've done that one too chloe! Haha, thanks for reading!


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks fpherj, I'm not sure how to respond to that one....I've got nothing!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

What....you got something against cats???? LMAO!


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Let's just say I'm more of a dog guy, but like you said, if it works it works!


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SonQuioey10 3 years ago from Williamston NC

Funny. I've never had one personally but it's nice to have suggestions of what to do if one should occur.

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