If you’re one of the millions of people who gets cold sores from the herpes virus, you know all too well the familiar tingling on your lip that signals a new flare-up.

While an estimated 50 to 80 percent of U.S. adults have HSV-1 or oral herpes, the virus responsible for causing cold sores, some people never develop any symptoms from the virus. Yet others will have periodic outbreaks of infections throughout their lifetime.

Thankfully, there are a number of ways to treat this common ailment and deal with the emotional stress it may cause.

Treatment tips for cold sores

Though cold sores generally clear up without treatment, some people who deal with recurring breakouts have developed strategies to make their symptoms less intense. *Cristina, a 48-year-old journalist, has been dealing with cold sores since she was 12 years old. She uses the non-prescription antiviral drug Abreva (docosanol cream) at the very first sign of a breakout, right when the tingling starts.

She added that it's important to know what triggers breakouts. “When I get [sores], it’s usually