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Remedies for Cold Sores

by Tony M. Isaacs
author of
Cancer’s Natural Enemy

(The Best Years in Life)  Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are common viral infections caused by a herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) closely related to the one that causes genital herpes (HSV-2), They are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips which may appear singly or may be grouped together in patches. After the blisters break, a crust forms over the resulting sore. Cold sores usually heal in two to four weeks without leaving a scar. Although there are no known outright cures, at least not in mainstream medicine, for the recurrence of cold sores, there are natural ways to help them heal quickly as well as help prevent their return - and you just might be able to cure them entirely.

Cold sores spread from person to person by close contact, such as kissing. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 viruses can affect your mouth or genitals and can be spread by oral sex. Cold sores are contagious even if you don't see the sores.

Children under 5 years old may have cold sores inside their mouths and the lesions are commonly mistaken for canker sores. Canker sores involve only the mucous membrane and aren't caused by the herpes simplex virus.

Cold Sore Symptoms

A cold sore usually passes through several stages:

  • Tingling and itching. Many people feel an itching, burning or tingling sensation around their lips for a day or so before a small, hard, painful spot appears and blisters erupt.

  • Blisters. Small fluid-filled blisters typically break out along the border where the outside edge of the lips meets the skin of the face. Cold sores can also occur around the nose or on the cheeks.

  • Oozing and crusting. The small blisters may merge and then burst, leaving shallow open sores that will ooze fluid and then crust over.

  • Signs and symptoms vary, depending on whether this is your first outbreak or a recurrence. They can last several days, and the blisters can take two to four weeks to heal completely. Recurrences typically appear at the same spot each time and tend to be less severe than the first outbreak.

During first-time outbreaks, some people also experience:

Painful eroded gums
Sore throat
Muscle aches
Swollen lymph nodes


Remedies for Cold Sore

There's no mainstream cure for HSV infections, and the blisters may return. Colloidal silver and other natural antiviral can help cold sores heal more quickly as well as reduce how often they return. The best natural remedies for herpes appear to be prunella vulgaris, cat's claw, bitter melon and colloidal silver; however, I am not aware of any remedy that has been proven definitively to actually get rid of herpes. Here are a few remedies which can help with cold sores:

Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil has to be one of the best items to have in your house. Not only does it cure cold sores, but it works great for bad acne and many other things. To get rid of a cold sore, as soon as you feel the tingle, place a dab of the tea tree oil on the sore. (In the morning and night.) And by the third day, it should be gone.

Aloe is another good idea, but one should use the inner filets of fresh aloe vera plant for by far the best results.

Hydrogen peroxide alone usually works very well and is reported to be faster working than tea tree oil.

Perhaps the best remedy would be a combination approach where you use tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide and colloidal silver. First apply hydrogen peroxide, then some colloidal silver, and then cover it with alternating treatments of tea tree oil and aloe (or combine the two together). You might boost the treatment with some internal natural anti-virals such as olive leaf extract, freshly minced garlic (allow to stand for 15 minutes before consuming) and the colloidal silver. Try not to worry (that might just make it worse) and get plenty of rest. One day may be asking a bit much but a couple to three days might be doable. Tea tree oil alone usually works by the third day.

A very good product that should help with cold sores is Silver Aloe Gel, which contans colloidal silver as well as aloe vera. Another is Super Lysine Cold Sore Treatment Salve, which will usually keep blisters from forming and clear up the cold sores in a couple of days according to users.

One home remedy that is reported to be effective is Nyquil night time cold medicine applied topically. Dab on the cold sore with a Q-tip type cotton swab. Relieves pain and swelling. Be sure to apply at night and leave on all night. Reportedly, you should see almost immediate improvement and great results in as little as three days.

I will add here that one reader replied to this article and said that he took care of his Herpes entirely years ago with very large doses of Vitamin C and has never had the cold sores return - though he did say that he continues to take 5000 mg of Vitamin C ever day. Large dose Vitamin C can surely be an awesome thing. See:

High-dose Vitamin C Therapy Heals Many Disease States

See also:

Remedies for Herpes

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About the author

Tony Isaacs is a member of the National Health Federation and the American Botanical Council. He is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including "Cancer's Natural Enemy." Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at The Truth About Cancer, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador, Health Secrets, the Cancer Tutor, the Silver Bulletin, the New Zealand Journal of Natural Health, and several other venues. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella May forum. He is also the local moderator of the CureZone Cancer Alternatives forum. Tony and his partner Luella May host The Best Years in Life natural health website where their motto is "It's never too late or too early to begin living longer, healthier and happier lives."

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