HOP Mad Doctor Location: San Francisco, CA, USA Member Since: 28th May 2001 Total posts: 13920
Posted:If it's a true cold sore, then it's caused by a Herpesvirus (HSV-1).
There is a great over-the-counter remedy sold in the US called ABREVA. It's a cream that prevents the virus from entering and infecting new cells. It reduces healing time by a few days and works best if applied during the prodrome.
Tablets such as acyclovir and valacyclovir (VALTREX) or topical creams such as pencyclovir (DENAVIR) also work well.
For home remedies, the treatment is symptomatic. It treats the symptom, but not the underlying cause (the virus). This consists of making sure that the area is well-lubricated and obstructed with a thick barrier such as a soothing ointment.
Be sure not to kiss anyone during a cold sore outbreak as this can spread the infection, although over 90% of adult Americans are infected, whether they get cold sores or not.
-Mike )'( Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella
....of doom! Location: Hastings, UK Member Since: 17th Apr 2005 Total posts: 585
Don't share towels, pillows or face cloths during an attack and avoid all forms of skin contact, especially kissing and do not touch the blisters unnecessarily as they may spread - if you touch them accidentally wash your hands straight away. Apply colloidal silver directly to cold sores, several times a day and take internally to boost immunity. chuck your toothbrush as it can harbour the virus.
Aromatherapy - bergamot, eucalyptus and tea tree oils will help to treat the blisters and should be applied in a carrier oil at the first sign of a sore. Lavender oil will help to heal any sores that erupt.
western herbalism - St. johns wort tincture applied at the first sign of tingling should stop a cold sore from appearing. Herbs which can be taken as infusions to bolster the immune system are Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle and goldenseal.
Homeopathy - Nat.Mur for deep cracks in the lower lip, dry mouth and puffy, burning sores. Rhux Tox. for mouth and chin sores and ulcers at the corner of the mouth. Sempervivum for ulcers in the mouth and bleeding gums with symptoms that are worse at night. Capsicum for cracks at the corners of the mouth, pale lips, rash on chin, blisters on tongue and bad breath.