Cold Sore Remedies
Here is a list of tried and tested Cold Sore Remedies that will help to get those cold sores moving and keep them moving. The key to a successful cold sore remedy regime is to focus on both prevention and treatment.
There is something that you can do at every stage of a breakout to help minimise the pain and appearance.
- Make a brew or cup of black tea (without milk or sugar) and allow it to steep for a few minutes. Once cool, apply the tea bag to the cold sore and hold on the area for a few moments at a time. Tea leaves are rich in tannins which are astringent and anti-inflammatory, so can assist in reducing the redness and swelling of cold sores.
- Ice wrapped in a towel can be applied to the cold sore in the very early stages to help ward off the cold sore
- Avoid any supplements which contain "Arginine" including protein shakes, muscle and body-building formulas and some multivitamins. This can aggravate the cold sore virus and may cause a breakout for some people.
- Lysine retards the body's formulation of Arginine so taking a Lysine supplement can be useful. Combine with vitamin c, bioflavonoids and zinc for best results.
- Take a course of antiviral + immune strengthening herbs such as olive leaf, echinacea and andrographis. Do not take olive leaf at the same time as Lysine or combined in a tablet with Lysine as olive leaf interferes with amino acid metabolism and therefore it is best to take these two substances at least three hours apart.
- Balance any hormonal or other health issues. Consider contacting your Naturopath or Doctor if you suspect that a hormonal imbalance or other health condition exists. Attention to these issues may help to prevent future recurrences.
- Apply an antiviral formula such as Zovirax® or Dynamiclear Rapid®. Dynamiclear Rapid® is a new solution which has the advantage of working in one application to speed the healing time of cold sores.
Video Explaining Advantages of Dynamiclear Rapid:
Image of a cold sore healing on the lower lip
1. (2006) Prospective, randomised, multi-centre, comparative, open label study comparing a once only application of Dynamiclear topical solution with repeated application of a commercially available cold sore cream.