okay, I know this remedy will sound crazy, but i found out it works. I have been getting cold sores since I was 5 years old. The only cheap thing that seems to work for me is 'Lip Medex Blistex'. Put it on at early sign and it helps and theres no embarrassing white creme on your lip. Reapply it every hour or so and it should be gone at the max of 3 days. Its a chapstick they usually sell at places like CVS, Walgreens, Longs, Albertsons, etc. Its a blue circle and I would post a picture if I could! Good luck!
I have been dealing with the cold sores for as long as I can remember! For years I only used abreva, that works okay, but would take 5 or more days to make my cold sore go away completely!! I am extremely embarrassed when I have a outbreak so that timeframe just wasn't cutting it!! I started to google different ways to get rid of the cold sores fast and decided to try some and here is what I have found to be the best! January 2nd I went to bed with Chapstick on, for me that is a HUGE NO NO!! anytime I sleep with Chapstick I ALWAYS wake up the next morning with a huge cold sore! This one was already at the blister stage when I woke up, So as soon as I got up I went and got Peroxide and soked it in a cotton ball, popped the blister and stuck the cotton ball on my sore for a few minutes. After I did that I put my abreva on and let it sit on there for probably 2 or so hours. I did that off and on all day. Before I went to bed that night I got a cotton ball and put dial soap on it and ran it under hot water and lathered it up and washed my open blisters very well, after washing the soap off I soaked another cotton ball in the Peroxide for a few minutes and let it air dry. Once it was dry I put toothpaste on my sore and slept with it on all night. I got up in the morning January 3rd (around 9am) I went and got a cotton ball and put some dial soap on it and lathered it up and washed my lip very well, after rinsing the soap off I got a paper towel and dried my lip. I went and got my nail polish remover and soaked a cotton ball and put the cotton ball to my lip and held it there until the burning stopped (it burns pretty bad so this isn't that fun!) after that I waited until the nail polish remover dried, then I put a little bit of hand sanitizer with aloe on the cold sores and waited until that dried. Once it was dry I put vitamin E oil on my open blisters and would repeat this process over again once I felt like all the vitamin E oil was all soaked in. It is still January 3rd around 7pm and my cold sore looks 85% better!! I have no more blisters and no scabs just some normal end of the cold sores redness!!! This is by far the fastest my cold sores have ever started to heal!!! I will for sure be doing this routine whenever I get my cold sores!!!
I recently started using EcoSmart organic insect repellent to dry out cold sores. It's non-toxic and made from all natural ingredients. It has rubbing alcohol in it along with cinnamon, rosemary and lemongrass which seem to be good for cold sores. I apply it to the area right when I start to feel a tingle and it generally stops the cold sore from forming. If one does form, I will spray this on a tissue or cotton ball and hold it on the cold sore for as long as I can, until it's all dried up. This stuff is super drying, so once the cold sore is dried up I use Vaseline, Neosporin or Herpecin L to soften and heal. When I don't have a cold sore, I use Herpecin L or Vaseline to keep my lips as hydrated as possible.
I also tend to take Lysine supplements as a preventative measure during times that typical trigger cold sores or from the time I get a cold sore until it has healed.
With all of the remedies above, and cutting out chocolate for the most part, my cold sore outbreaks are now only once a year, if that.
I discovered Herstat after reading about it on the what allergy website.
The cream works better than anything I have ever tried before and cuts the healing time of my cold sores down by at least 50%. They hardly ever blister now when I apply the cream frequently. I wish I had discovered it years ago and the great thing is that its not expensive. It also tastes good and takes away the itching and pain. I would highly recommend it to anyone that gets bad cold sores.
Oregano oil is an absolute miracle. Truly. I have been plagued with cold sores for what seems like my entire life, and while I've found some things are mildly effective, nothing has been as effective as oregano oil. In the past, I've found that l-lysine is fairly effective at preventing cold sores if taken daily and it definitely shortens the duration if you take it once you have a cold sore. I've also had some success preventing cold sores from fully developing if, as soon as I feel the tingle, I apply ice for 10-15 minutes followed by applying a cotton pad soaked in colloidal silver for 30 seconds. Repeat the process until the tingle goes away. that only works if you catch it immediately and even then, every once in a while, the ice/colloidal silver doesn't work even when applied immediately. A few months ago was one of those times, I felt what I thought was a tingle and immediately went to work with the ice and colloudal silver. By the time I went to bed, I was confident I'd caught it in time because i hadn't felt it tingle for at least an hour. I fell asleep and woke up a few hours later to find it had returned with a vengeance. I did the ice and colloidal and took 4 lysine tablets but to no avail. I could tell it was getting out of control fast. For the next few hours, I continued with the ice intermittently and I tried applying hydrogen peroxide and alcohol intermittently (you have to be careful not to puncture the blisters or touch it with your hands. I use q-tips when applying anything and am careful not to touch other parts of my face or lips after the q-tip has been in contact with the cold sore). Nothing was working and the cold sore started to balloon and turn into a mutant. Desperate, I started googling other home remedies. I read through the usual suggestions of abreva, nail polish remover, etc., but I'd tried those in the past with little success. Then I found a few posts suggesting tea tree oil or oil of oregano. I'd tried tea tree oil on past occasions and it had been helpful but not magic. However, oil of oregano was something I'd never heard of for cold sores. I rushed to earth fare and picked up certified organic oil of oregano made with extra virgin olive oil. By the time I had paid for it, the cold sore was worse than any one i'd ever previously had. I got in my car, soaked a few q-tips with the oil of oregano and applied it directly to the cold sore. Immediately, the tingle stopped. it didn't burn when I initially applied but there's a growing warmth/burning sensation the longer the oil of oregano sits on the cold sore. It also is kind of unpleasant when it gets in your mouth but I was prepared for that as I'd used it previously for a case of oral thrush. By the time I got home from earth fare like 15 minutes later, I was amazed when I looked in the mirror. The blisters had shrunken dramatically. I continued to apply oregano oil intermittently for the next few hours until I went to bed. When I woke up the next morning, the blisters were nearly completely flat. i continued with the oregano oil intermittently and by the end of the next days, most of the blisters were completely gone. Only a small portion scabbed and by the following morning, even the part that had scabbed just looked like very chapped lips. since then, as soon as I feel the tingle, I alternate applying oil of oregano and ice. I've yet to have another cold sore actually develop.
All you have to do is go to a dermatologist and get an anti-inflammatory needle injection right to your lip where the cold sore is. If you do this at the first sign of an outbreak (before it blisters up or bursts) it will stop the cold sore dead in its tracks. It will then go away in about two or three days without the pain or appearance of a big bloody sore. Also, if you take an anti-viral med like valtrex, acyclovir, or valacyclovir, it helps it heal much quickly. A great treatment would be the dermatologist's anti-inflammatory injection, the anti-viral meds, some abreva, and some lysine pills, you would be able to minimize your outbreak to last maybe three or four days.
NEVER I REPEAT NEVER TRY THE NAIL POLISH REMOVEr, I DID IT AND I WOKE UP WITH A BIG SWOLLEN FAT LIP, WAY WORSE THAN BEFORE
honestly.. this burns a lot but I use table salt (salt is supposed to take out the impurities) then I use rubbing alcohol to dry it out.
I suffer from cold sores and for years was looking for a way to get rid of them quickly. These are some of the things that worked well for me:
1. A prescription for Acyclovir- helps shorten the duration of the sore.
2. Pure Vanilla Extract- clears it up ASAP, I apply directly to sore throughout the day, gone the next day (you can pop the blisters or leave them, works either way) bonus it smells great and doesn't burn, just make sure you use real extract not imitation.
3. Any facial extringent or pimple cream that has Salicylic Acid in it. Pop the blisters, douse in Salicylic Acid, it burns but will dry it up fast. I use the blue Clean and Clear facial extringent.
I will use all three of these if I have them. I use number 3 first and then put on the vanilla extract after the Clean and Clear is dry. I always have a bottle of vanilla in my purse, it is great for headaches, nausea, cold sores, minor cuts and scratches. Read up on the healing properties of Pure Vanilla Extract.
I usually use a pin to pop the blisters then use a cotton swab to clean the leaking. Then I get another cotton swab and din it in Clorox bleach and apply that to the open blisters. It really burns. I clean it with the bleach for a while then apply a cotton swab dab of campho phenique, then I go to bed. Next morning, you'll have a scab which is much better