Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cold sore remedies

  • Bleach your cold sores
Warning: Not for the faint hearted. For a more natural way click here!
  1. As soon as initial symptoms appear, grab a cotton bud and wet it in water.
  2. Dip the cotton bud into full strength bleach.
  3. Squeeze the bud so that it is not dripping, and to get rid of excess water.
  4. Hold the cotton bud against your cold sore for about 3 - 5 minutes.
  5. Will it work? With any luck the bleach should stop the cold sore virus from spreading and speed up recovery time.
While this technique is highly effective, the down side is that it can leave a slight abrasion to the skin. However this will heal up and I'm sure you'll agree is preferable to a nasty cold sore.

  • Table salt
  1. Wet your finger
  2. Dip your finger into table salt
  3. Press your finger onto the affected area for 30 - 60 seconds.
  4. Dab the salt off with a clean towel.
  5. Repeat and continue for several days, or until the cold sore dries up.
I have tried this in the past, and while it is slightly painful at first, it is effective and fast. Remember to keep your cold sore moisturized when it scabs. You can do this using anti-viral creams.

  • Nail polish remover
  1. Take a cotton bud and apply the nail polish remover directly onto the cold sore.
  2. Once this is done, cover the cold sore with a cream such as Abreva.
  3. The way to make this work, is to apply it on a regular basis. I would recommend reapplying it every hour for the best results

  • Using milk to reduce redness
  1. Get a piece of cotton wool
  2. Soak the cotton wool in semi-skimmed or full-fat milk
  3. Apply directly onto the cold sore for 30 seconds at a time.
  4. Repeat as necessary.

  • Ear wax to heal cold sores?!
I have to be honest when I say I don't use this one myself!

However I do have several friends and family members that have braved it.

I believe the technique is to start from the outside of the infected area, and work your way in.

Apparently it works a treat.

So go on...what you waiting for?!

  • Ice to stop the virus in its tracks
This is probably one of the best and most simple remedies around.

As soon as you notice the first signs, i.e a tingling sensation, grab an ice cube and hold it onto the cold sore until it feels numb.

Just remember. Be careful not to give the surrounding skin a cold burn. You can do this by using the edge of the ice cube and gaining more control over where you freeze.

This remedy should slow down and the stop the herpes virus from replicating itself.

  • Garlic cloves
Here's an unusual one. Apparently if you get a garlic clove and cut it in half, and then rub it into the cold sore, it speeds up healing time.

On the upside; it's not painful like using salt or bleach.

On the downside; does it really work?...Well why not give it a go and find out!

  • Water
Here's a nice one. Simple, healthy and best of all..free!

Water replenishes the body with new life, and is good at getting rid of viruses and colds.

Drink at least eight cups of water a day.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, my gran told me about the garlic cure. I didn't believe her at first but thought, what the hell and tried it. To my amazement it worked after three days!

gmen1 said...

thats good. although i think the garlic 'cure' is probably just a bit of a myth myself, but hey if it works what the hell.

cinjen said...

ear wax? yuk lol

Matt said...

These are some nice tips for people who are suffering from cold sore. There are varieties of cold sore treatment that can get rid of cold sore quicker. Early medication can heal the blisters faster by using the antiviral medication.

Anonymous said...

so i think this is one of the most helpful sites ive ever been to:) so got a sore on my lip the other day but it didnt look like mine normally do and i havent had one in a long time but then it got worse and now im stuck with a fat lip:( so i decided to look up helpful remedies and search out certain particular things. as for the rememdies already listed i had only heard of the ice one but i knew it wasnt to get rid of it but to only reduce swelling but the other methods i have personally tried is abreva(not as sucessful as i liked) mixing lemon juice with baking soda(yes it works but its not very pleasent)camphophenic *spelling??* (works but also is unpleasent in my opinion) but the very top main one i use is taking tons of L-lysine (which i know ur only suppose to take one but i take more and im just fine) and if u feel one comming up its good to have chap-ice which is just a simple 1.29 generic brand of carmex which just doesnt taste as bad but i know this might not be that helpful but im happy to try:)

Amanda Nelson said...

This will really works?

Amanda Nelson
Get Rid of Cold Sores

arielwright111 said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing. I am using essential oils or home remedy for cold sore. Natural Insect Repellent contains essential oils of cedarwood, Geranium, Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavender and Peppermint in Water and Coconut emulsifier.

Natural cold sore remedy

Anonymous said...

Tea tree oil!! The best!! Takes swelling and itching away! <3 love it! :) doen't hurt! It kind of numbs it. Just dont get it in your eyes or mouth! Ouch and yuck! Lol!