Cold sore treatment is necessary for millions of people every day. That is why you will find many cold sore treatment remedies at the store. The demand for relief is great.
But, do not expect the drug store cold sore treatment products to speed the healing of your cold sores, oral herpes or fever blisters. They just simply have not been shown to do so.
Here are five cold sore treatment options that are cheap, easy and quite powerful. Watch your cold sores and oral herpes lesions just melt away.
1. ACIDOPHILUS. Friendly bacteria that can help resolve cold sores and oral herpes quickly.
Raw yogurt is rich in acidophilus but commercial pasteurizing kills it. You can purchase live acidophilus in capsules in the refrigerated section of a vitamin or health food store.
Acidophilus works best when taken with milk or other dairy product. You can put live acidophilus back into yogurt by dumping the contents of three or four capsules into a container of yogurt and stirring well.
Leave sit in the fridge for a day and you have a powerful cold sore remedy. You can eat it, and dab it on your cold sores. This one-two punch is quite powerful as a cold sore treatment.
2. GARLIC OIL. Garlic is powerful first aid for any virus, bacterial infection or fungus. As a cold sore treatment, the oil of garlic is very concentrated and an excellent topical remedy for cold sores.
The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores (oral herpes) will flee from garlic oil. And, it helps keep the scab soft. This avoids painful cracking of the crust and the resulting delay in healing.
Bottled garlic oil works fine. You can find it at health food stores or better vitamin stores. But, fresh oil from crushed garlic is best – and most recommended. You can even cut a clove and rub it on the sores.
Also, eating fresh garlic will help immensely. Even the odorless garlic capsules will help. The combination of internal and external garlic cold sore treatment will give you the best results.
3. B VITAMINS. Also known as the stress vitamins, B vitamins (and vitamin C) are essential for your body to cope with daily stress.
Stress is the number one trigger for cold sores and oral herpes outbreaks. Continued stress also makes it difficult to heal these sores quickly.
You can purchase a stress formula or take a good daily vitamin that contains 50 milligrams or better of B vitamins, and 500 milligrams or more of vitamin C. Some take up to 2000 milligrams of vitamin C during an event.
Taking a daily dose of B and C vitamins has dramatically reduced the quantity and duration of cold sores for many sufferers. And you will enjoy better over-all health to boot.
4. MINT. Herbal mint seems to perform as an excellent cold sore treatment. Some nutrients in mint have a very strong anti-viral action.
Many herbal teas contain mint. Drinking mint tea during an outbreak will help greatly. Applying the tea directly to the sore with a tissue will help also.
Many people also apply the warm mint tea bag to the sore with excellent results. You can expect to reduce the duration of cold sores and oral herpes by 50% or more with this remedy.
5. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. Keeping cold sores clean is essential for fast recovery. Hydrogen peroxide is the best choice as a cold sore treatment for this purpose.
Hydrogen peroxide kills germs as well or better than alcohol. In addition, it contains additional oxygen molecules that it leaves behind. This can speed healing a lot.
Also, peroxide raises the pH level at the site. Cold sores do best in a low pH (acid) environment. By raising the pH level to an alkaline state, you discourage the herpes virus (that causes cold sores and oral herpes) from further activity.
Hopefully you will find the above cold sore treatment methods useful. These are some of my favorites, but there are many more. Keep searching and testing. They don’t all work the same for everybody.
Most folks find ultimate success by combining two or more of these remedies to create their own personalized cold sore treatment plan.