EAB from The Bronx, NY L-Lysine (an amino acid) for cold sores is the best, I got the tip from a gal who worked in the Vitamin Shoppe. As soon as I start to feel it begin I load up on 1500mgs first then at least 500mg three times a day. If you can find the capsules break one open and keep in a small container and dip a clean wet Q-tip or your finger into the powder and apply directly to the area and let it dry- do not double dip and keep the rest for re applying do this as much as possible. Do not use anything that keeps the cold sore moist the idea is to dry it out. The over the counter all keep the sore moist. Drink everything through a straw and do not reuse the straw. Do not kiss or touch anything with it since it is contagious- keep utensils separate or use plastic and dispose, wash towels and face cloths separately and do not use chap stick, lipstick or gloss on it. Drink plenty of water since it may have a drying effect and your hands may become dry. If I catch it in time- the area only becomes red and slightly raised and a sore never appears. Keep track of them since it can be pre-menstrual and stress related. You can take it every day as a preventative in 500mgs once a day. (It is also good for shingles and in helping the absorption of calcium for those with osteoporosis.) Do not waste the time or money on anything else!
try putting spirit of camphor onto the sore when it has blistered; it will sting and go red but will really dry the sore nicely
I have found that once it appears, you can take and melt 1 ice cube on it. Yes it is a bit uncomfortable till the area goes numb from freezing. But it has work many times over for me and those I have told about it as well. It may even work on them before they are truly visable. But it seems that every time I got them it wa to late to hide it 8=/.
Another note, that just come to mind, I haven't had one in a couple years or more now.. Don't know if freezing the are contributes to that or not.
For those cold sores around your mouth dig up some earwax and shmear it on like chap stick really gross but youll be glad it even feels good
To dry up an already weeping cold sore, dip a q-tip in Pepto Bismol and put on the sore. It will dry it up and also acts as a barrier.
for cold sores, prick a fresh green papaya and apply the sap every hour
spray the tip of your finger with original right guard deodorant (aerosol) dab it on the cold sore do this 3 or 4 times a day this will dry it up before you know it!!!!!!!!
When you first fell a cold sore coming take Lysine Tablets, 2 tablets 3 times a day. Starts fighting off the cold sore before it forms. Also put the Lysine topical cream on. Helps it from getting really big and helps it heal up really fast!
hand sanitizer directly on the cold sore. it burns very little bu dries it up quick.
I use a fresh clove of Garlic. Dab it on for 10 minutes at a time for like an hour. This works great to diminish an already formed ulcer.