I need help finding a treatment that works for cold sores.
My cheap remedies that have worked for me are L-lysine and zinc (not both at the same time). L-lysine, I always take at least 500mg at the start of an itch and take 3x day. I had a nurse tell me that zinc would help so the last one I had, I took 50mg zinc for a couple of days. From what I have heard, L-lysine high doses aren't dangerous but the zinc you do have to watch the dosage. Anyway I'm not a doctor or a nurse, this is just what I have taken. I also make sure to keep it moist. I don't like Carmex that much, I generally use high moisture chapsticks or Vaseline (especially at night) (08/06/2005)
I take L-Lysine 1000mg. When I feel one coming on I take two and then take another in the afternoon or morning, goes away the next day or so. (08/06/2005)
The l-lysine also prevents the cold sores. My husband spends a lot of time in the sun and was getting them weekly. Since taking 500mg a day as a preventative he's not had one. Good luck (08/06/2005)
Try holding plain, (non-sweet), yogurt in your mouth for five minutes, two or three times a day. (08/06/2005)
l-lysine works wonders but your cooking vanilla will also dry them up. (08/06/2005)
I am no longer plagued by cold sores but when I was I always used "Carmex".
I do not get cold sores, but my husband does. He used to get them really bad and very large. Then his doctor prescribed "Denavir". He starts to apply it when he feels a "tingle" prior to the cold sore. He hardly knows he has a cold sore now and I can't even see it. He had tried every over-the-counter medicine and nothing worked. Without insurance, I think Denavir costs about $25.00 for a tiny tube, but that tube is enough for 4-6 cold sores. My husband and I both think it is worth the money, (08/07/2005)
I asked at the health food store that I go to regularly and my friend who works there swears by something called IPSAB. It is made by Heritage Products and available at health food stores. You can use it every few days as a mouthwash as prevention or on a q-tip or finger 2x day until gone. It is supposed to be good for the cold sores outside and the mouth ulcers inside as well as the gum disease that makes your teeth loose. My daughter and granddaughter both get them really bad and they think that this works.
I go to the Pharmacy and ask for a bottle of ULCEREASE. I promise you this works. I have used it for years. A bottle lasts a long time. It is a little expensive, about $10.00, but it is worth every penny. My Pharmacist said to drink buttermilk to help counter react the acidity that causes them. Hope this helps. (08/07/2005)
Hi Stephanie, I use to get cold sores and sun blisters all the time. Then a doctor told me to get some Paba. You can get it at a health food store and it`s really cheap. I just take 1 pill a day in the summer . Seems to work all year. (08/08/2005)
I just started to get one this morning. As soon as you feel the tingling, put an ice cube on it for about 1-2 minutes. The longer the better. It should be gone by day's end. (08/08/2005)
By Fran Marie
I find that Friars Balsam works like a charm. In fact if you put some on when you first get that 'tingle' telling you that one is on the way, (use an earbud), it doesn't develop at all. I haven't had a cold sore since I started doing this. (08/29/2005)
I have had problems with severe cold sores for many years. The most effective treatment I have found is Hylands Homeopathic Cold Sores and Fever Blisters formula (available at health food store). Dissolve under tongue 4 or more at first sign of tingle and continue with 3-4 under tongue every 3 hours or so for a few dosages. Use pure aloe vera gel (health food store) on cotton swab to cover cold sore as often as needed to eliminate discomfort. Also helpful to take 1 tablespoon plus pure Aleo Vera gel internally every few hours. (11/27/2005)
Zylactin. Just tried for first time, dried up in less than a day. Scab almost gone after 5 (01/28/2006)
My mother has had them for years. She always uses a cold slice of a starchy potato. As soon as she feels one coming on she has it on the spot. It drys it up very fast. (01/20/2008)
By Heather, MO
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