Introduction: Get Rid of Cold Sores Faster and Prevent Spreading.

There are many ways to get rid of a cold sore, usually the cold sore is caused by already irritated skin which allows the herpes virus to emerge and create a painful sore on the outside of your mouth. This is easily spread to other areas of your mouth and can be quite painful. There are several home remedies that can decrease the duration of a cold sore. here is a list of things that are somewhat affective in helping it not to spread.
Lysine which can be found in pill form or in a topical form at any health food store and some grocery stores.
An ice cube pressed to the area for several minutes will decrease the blood flow to the area and reduce the chances of the sore spreading.
Tea tree oil will help it to dry out faster and also helps to disinfect it.
Hydrogen peroxide will help it to dry out and disinfect the area.
WARNING: DO NOT APPLY ANY OF THESE WITH YOUR HANDS.

Step 1: Killing the Cause

freeze off or a generic equivalent should kill the virus from the wound and is a lot less painful then other methods I have used. Apply only to the affected area.

Step 2: Disinfecting the Area

You will want to use some hydrogen peroxide to disinfect the area so that you do not have any spreading. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and the rest of your face as well. do not apply hydrogen peroxide to areas that are not already erupted in sores as it will dry those areas and cause the skin to be irritated and more susceptible to cold sore eruptions.

Step 3: Sealing the Wound

This should prevent any new fluids from escaping your sore.. This is an extra precaution to prevent it from spreading.

Step 4: Healing the Skin a Bit Faster


Once it has scabbed over naturally and the new skin has flaked off you can use some vitamin e oil to help reduce scarring and promote the healing of your skin. It can be purchased at health food stores or if your thrifty rite-aid has it a lot cheaper for off brands and this is useful for other skin conditions also such as chicken pox and pimples. I hope that this instructable has been helpful.

Step 5: Untested Theories


food grade diatomaceous earth is known to absorb viruses and is used in water purification for this purpose. it could be used to absorb the fluid from the sore and mixed with tea tree oil could also dry out the sore so it heals faster. Funding being a factor i have not yet tried this method but i know that food grade DE has many other very good uses.

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Gottwinkies (author)2010-11-14

I have used tea tree oil exclusively for my kids for about 15 years. That stuff is awesome and should be in every first aid kit. When they were younger, I used a Q-tip to apply it. It works best when you start the same day you feel the cold sore coming on. I get the kind that are deep in the skin and can't use the tea tree, so I tried Lysine tablets and those work pretty darn good.

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rimar2000 (author)2010-11-12

I found that Levamizol heals cold sores and aphtas. Besides, prevents its recurrence for some months. Levamizol must be used under medical care.

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Krishauna (author)2016-03-25

I sure will

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Krishauna (author)2016-03-25

I sure will

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Krishauna (author)2016-03-25

I am going to try it

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LenaSobalak (author)2015-10-04

The instructions say that you need to catch the sore at the absolute beginning of the attack. In my case Herpes simplex had been partying in my lip for a whole day before I applied Hemoform Serum. I still got noticeable results. I would imagine if you catch it early enough it could stop the outbreak all together.

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ShannonL9 (author)2015-09-18

Honestly the best thing I've used is toothpaste. As soon as I feel a tingling sensation I apply a small dab of toothpaste (any type/brand I have used works) to the area and leave for as long as possible. It's best to do this before bed :)

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McNoodle (author)2011-05-31

does abriva work better than these methods?

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billbillt (author)McNoodle2015-06-08

I found Abriva to be a waste of money... It sells for far more than it is worth... What works for me is "Chap Ice" Camphor+Phenol, or any salve that contains these two compounds... It seems to dry it up faster than any thing else I have used.. I think Campho Phenique makes the same thing but they charge too much for it..

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KrystalD1 (author)2015-01-05

HemoForm Serum is the best medication for a cold sore. I have used for years and it works like gang busters.

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IsabellaBird16 (author)2014-10-09

Nice post and very accurate image. I like to take lysine orally, ice cubes and Carmex for cold sore treatments. I have also gotten a prescription, unfortunately I don't know the name, from my dentist, that helps if I catch it as soon as possible. The script and using Carmex topically is very effective. Cold sores are so annoying. Hope anyone reading this finds relief.

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ovreduk8d (author)2014-04-20

Prescription Valtrex - dr or dentist. I keep them on-hand and don't forget them on trips. As soon as I feel a sore, I take one & it stops the virus in it's tracks. I get cold sores if I'm in the sun, stressed, fever or anything that causes my temperature to rise or my face to get hot. You should know what causes them too.

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johnJK (author)2014-03-16

The researches should be increased about Oral and Genital Herpes.Keep in mind that Herpes is very dangerous disease, there is no complete medical cure for herpes. Acyclovir and other medicines only stop multiplying the virus. This is not what people are looking for. We need to have effective cure for Herpes. 30 percent of people are suffering from Herpes in the United States. This number is unfortunately very high and it is increasing too. There should be a good cure for it, but what you recommend are not the best choice. Hope people realize the danger of this disease. As I said before, there is no medical cure for this disease, but there is some studies about natural cure. You can read this article about natural herpes cure. Hope it will help.

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loodibee (author)2013-12-28

Carmex works better than anything I've tried. It's simple and effective. Don't believe it? Read about it here. http://www.loodibee.com/carmex-the-cold-sore-remedy-that-works/

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studleylee (author)2012-12-08

Not for the wimpy: Acetone: Home depot type. tissue compact for 30 seconds multiple times a day if suspected. If you don't agree with this don't comment. I've used it for years and it reduced re-occurrences to nil. Sun, wind, or or stress induced. Weakens
the virus by removing binding locations, to the point that the immune system can finish off. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/5062678

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grannyjones (author)2011-12-11

Generic valacyclovir--at the earliest possible sign. RX only.
Also good to have handy if someone develops shingles on a weekend.

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wblack3 (author)2011-09-26

Hey, here's a few things (trust me, I did my PhD in a lab working with equine herpes... long story)

Ice it: apply an ice cube for about 5 minutes directly to the cold sore. Then let it warm up. Repeat a few times. It really works! It seems to mess the virus up and allow your body to heal normally within a day or so. If not, the virus will keep noodling 'round, keeping the cold sore open and weeping virus for a few days at least. Yukko!

Lysine: meh... they say taking the amino acid supplement l-Lysine messes the virus up somehow. Can't hurt.

Zovirax: and other anti-cold sore medicines only work at the 'tingle' stage when the virus is essentially using your nerve endings as a jumping castle o' joy. Don't bother after the blister comes up, and even less when the blister breaks.

Don't kiss anyone if you have a blister and vice versa! It's full of virus!

Use lip balm with UV-screen in it. If you have had a cold sore in the past, no matter how long ago, the virus is ready and waiting in some old nerves to bust a move as soon as it 'thinks' you are tired, stressed, under attack, etc... just like rats leaving a sinking ship...

they love it if you go ski-ing, get all tired and a bit sunburnt on the face, so use sunscreen to prevent this!

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lemonie (author)2010-11-14

Have you tried any f these?

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