Cold Sore Remedies: What Can I Use To Heal My Cold Sores Fast?
Author: Denny Bodoh
Cold sore remedies that honestly work are sorely needed today.
Nine out of ten people carry the herpes simplex virus - two-thirds of whom will suffer cold sores this year. There are many commercial products, both over-the-counter and prescription. Most do not live up to their claims.
Most cold sore remedies you buy in stores will help reduce the severity of your symptoms. They relieve your discomfort with oils and numbing agents such as lidocaine. Any relief is surely welcome.
However, commercial cold sore remedies do little or nothing for getting rid of cold sores more quickly. Your best results will still come from natural home treatments.
Here are some cold sore remedies that are time-tested and proven highly effective for quickly eliminating your sores. Yes, they will shorten the healing time and get you back to normal quickly.
1. Garlic Oil
Garlic is a very powerful and easy cold sore remedy. It is fun to watch under a microscope where viruses and bacteria will run away from even the smell of garlic.
Garlic also has the unique ability to pass right through the skin and attack the virus underneath. Put it on your feet and you will smell it on your breath in less than 30 minutes.
Always use fresh cut or crushed garlic for best results.
You can also get garlic oil in gel-cap form at the store when fresh is not convenient. Just snip or prick the end off the gel-cap and squeeze the oil right on your cold sores.
If you take garlic internally, it will greatly boost the results of an external application. In addition, you will be more resistant to cold and flu virus too.
2. Peppermint Oil
Mint is also very strong medicine for healing cold sores. It has shown to be able to stop cold sores and heal them in a hurry. Yes, it smells a lot better than garlic too.
The best source for safe peppermint oil is to buy peppermint gel-caps normally used for digestion purposes. Just as you would with the garlic gel-caps, you prick them and squeeze the oil directly on the sore.
There is also available peppermint oil for aromatherapy use. This is extremely concentrated and can burn your skin. Get aromatherapy instructions and follow their directions for diluting it with olive oil.
You can also mix garlic and peppermint oil for an exceptional topical cold sore remedy.
3. Tea Bags
Applying heat to any sore will speed healing. This is true with open cold sores too. It gives you a flood of oxygenated blood to the wound.
The best way to accomplish this is by using warm tea bags. Common black tea works great. Black tea with mint or lemon balm will work twice as fast.
Caution. It is very important that you do not expose the actual tea bag to microwaves. Heat the water separately, and then heat the bag with this boiling water. The microwaves destroy most of the healing benefits of tea.
Lysine is a very effective and highly proven treatment. Lysine is one of your most important cold sore remedies and should always be included in any overall plan.
Lysine is a common protein found in dairy and fish. It works by reducing the amount of arginine in your cells. Arginine is a protein that is essential for the herpes virus to create new virus particles.
By stopping the herpes virus from getting arginine and creating new virus, you can avoid - or quickly clear - any sores. Lysine dramatically helps with this process.
Folks get the best results if they start taking it at the first suspicion of an outbreak. They continue to take it until the skin is again clear. Normal dosage during an event is 2000 - 3000 milligrams per day.
Lysine is quite safe. For example, a large serving of Flounder contains about 10,000 milligrams of lysine. It is difficult, though, to get sufficient amounts from food alone.
For me, I prefer lysine capsules. They are inexpensive, available everywhere and very convenient for accurately regulating your intake.
These are just a few of the most powerful cold sore remedies we know about today. There are many others you will want to know about eventually, but these will surely serve you well.
Be sure to try them. You will enjoy great healing results and get your social life back fast using these top cold sore remedies.