Zap that cold sore fast #coldsore

We’ve been having some great discussions on our Facebook page on how to get rid of these cold sores fast, and we always get SO MANY great ideas!

Have you ever woken up to a very important day, just to feel a pesky cold sore forming? Oh NOOO!

They always show up at the worst times, don’t they?! If you’ve ever had a cold sore you know that they can be very painful, embarrassing, and downright annoying!

Let’s Talk About It. Zap That Cold Sore FAST! - #coldsoreremedies

{Please excuse my ridiculous cold sore face impression.}

It was brought to our attention that we should make actual posts with these suggestions for readers to be able to locate and reference easily in case of emergency. :)


Take a look at just a few of our FB friends’ suggestions!

Let’s Talk About It. Zap That Cold Sore FAST! - #coldsoreremedies

Thanks to these tips, I’ve tried Abreva and LOVE it, and I even gave yogurt a try! {I’m not sure if the yogurt actually worked or if it was a combination of things.} 😉 Thanks for coming to my rescue gals!

You can get Tea Tree oil (another name: Melaleuka oil), here.

Have more suggestions to add or agree with the ideas already mentioned? PLEASE add in the comment section below. We’d love to have a great list handy, right here on the site!

Thanks for your help ladies!! I love that we can help make eachother’s lives just a bit easier by sharing our idea’s with one another.

Hopefully we’ll all be cold sore free in no time! :)

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If you’re not a HDS FB friend, you should be! We have great discussions like this all the time! Next up to post, Shelley had an emergency involving permanent markers and a leather couch! Ouch! Luckily our FB pals came to her rescue and she was able to get the stain out! How? Stay tuned… 😉

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    1. August 10th, 2011 at 12:01 am
      Calli says:
      This is such a great thing to have handy! Cold sores are awful! I personally love Abreva, which you can get over the counter. I've hear lysine works wonders as well! I bet the ice would work too, I'm going to try the next time I feel one coming on!
    2. August 10th, 2011 at 4:40 am
      Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
      My poor husband gets cold sores, so these suggestions may help me help him!
    3. August 10th, 2011 at 8:12 am
      Erin says:
      Great topic, at least for those of us that have cold sores... I have never heard some of them, but will definetely be trying them all :) Thanks!
    4. August 10th, 2011 at 8:33 am
      Kelly G says:
      Great idea's! These can be such a pain to get rid of, so thank you for this post. :)
    5. August 10th, 2011 at 10:03 am
      Jamie says:
      I was not aware that tea tree oil could help. i will definitely be looking for the chapstick that was mentioned. as of right now i use abreva, but its so expensive. thanks for the tips!
    6. August 10th, 2011 at 10:23 am
      Crystal says:
      I have a standing perscription for Valtrex. It's only 4 pills and they work quick. The other thing he said to use for a topical was good old Listerine. It dries it out so it takes away the ugly oozing fast.
    7. August 10th, 2011 at 12:26 pm
      Amy says:
      Alysha you are too cute. Love that picture. :) Do you have an ounce of makeup on?! Sheesh. I'm excited to try some of these ideas! The yogurt one made me laugh, but worth a shot right?
      • March 12th, 2015 at 3:41 pm
        Sasha says:
        With one simple google search, you can learn that cold sores are actually caused by a virus. Yogurt, which has anti-bacterial properties, will not do ANYTHING to affect a viral infection.

        Sorry I had to just throw that out there.
    8. August 10th, 2011 at 12:37 pm
      Liz says:
      I do like abreva, valtrax and L Lysine. I have also found lemon juice works rather well. Apply it when you first feel that awful tingly feeling. They don't get near as big and they are gone in half the time.
      • November 27th, 2013 at 4:50 pm
        Lorena says:
        I have a cold sore and for some reason there very ugly. Try to put on lemon and salt even though it might sting.
      • November 27th, 2013 at 4:50 pm
        Lorena says:
        I have a cold sore and for some reason there very ugly. Try to put on lemon and salt even though it might sting.
    9. August 10th, 2011 at 1:41 pm
      A-Gurl says:
      Bactine! Just spray it on at the first sign of a cold sore. Reapply a few times a day. It works great! The active ingredient is the same as the $20 (.2oz) bottle of Releev.
    10. August 10th, 2011 at 2:50 pm
      katie joe says:
      When I feel a cold sore starting I immediatly put a drop of melaleuca oil on it and keep applying throughout the day. The cold sore stops growing so I dont look as gross as I feel! I use Oils from dōTERRA, they sell oils for pretty much anything!
    11. August 10th, 2011 at 4:48 pm
      Tamara says:
      Years ago when I worked in a pharmacy people would complain about sores in the mouth or cold sores on their lips. The pharmacist would talk to them about lysine and the other recommended things and then he said to us that if you would just dip a wet finger in alum and place it on a mouth sore it would heal it almost overnight. I've never had a cold sore but I've had sores in my mouth and I know it truly is well on it's way to being healed with no more pain the next morning. My son had many mouth sores when he wss a newlywed and I thought I'd never get him to try it but when I finally did he took my alum home with him! It really works!
      • September 20th, 2012 at 6:07 pm
        reedy says:
        What is alum? And where can I find it?
        • October 21st, 2012 at 6:37 am
          Delaney says:
          Yeah where can u find alum????
        • November 28th, 2012 at 7:11 pm
          Ann says:
          Its a spice
        • February 12th, 2013 at 10:11 pm
          mayli says:
          You can go to the deodorant section of any grocery store or pharmacy.They have a natural crystal deodorant.I think 1 will last you a life time. It has alum in it.I guess some people use it as a deodorant, but you can moisten it, glide it over a sore or sore that is starting to come & it will make it disappear. I've had sores come fully out & when I put the crystal over it, it makes it disappear in a few hours.I usually put lip gloss or vaseline over it so that I don't eat it off. This has been a miracle for me. None of the meds ever worked for me (Valtrex, Zovirax, Abreva, etc).You can google it & find online too. I broke my crystal so that I have a piece for my purse, bathroom, pocket, etc. I won't leave home without it!
          • June 19th, 2014 at 2:31 pm
            Ali says:
            So do you roll the roller on your cold sore or completely take out the crystal and put water on it?
          • January 20th, 2016 at 3:01 pm
            Wendy says:
            Alum is a pickling spice and can be found in the spices at any grocery store.
    12. August 10th, 2011 at 5:25 pm
      Jodie says:
      I woke up with a stupid cold sore 2 days ago!!! Yuck!!!! Whenever I have them I feel like a diseased - disgusting person! Seriously, I hate them! I feel like I should be quarintined to a Leperosy colony or something! Anyway, I have a prescription for FAMVIR 500 MG. I take 3 tablets whenever I get that "tingly - wavy" sensation across my lips, you know, that feeling when you wonder if you're getting one? Anyway, if I catch it just right, I usually don't get one, but if I wake up and see one starting, and take those pills, it usually doesn't get any bigger than it is at that time. I also have a prescription for Zovirax. It's an ointment, but it's VERY expensive. It helps putting that on and taking those pills..... If only there was a cure to never having them AGAIN, life would be grand!!!!!
      • May 2nd, 2012 at 7:43 am
        K says:
        ME TOO. :( Contact me for support
    13. August 10th, 2011 at 8:50 pm
      Hannah says:
      I use Glimpse facial Serum by Xango. As soon as I get it on it stops growing and starts to disappear. Abreva just seems to shorten the cycle and you still have to go through the blister and scab torture. With the serum it just stops. Just make sure you keep using it for several days after you think it is gone. I can't say enough about how pleased I am with it.
      • May 8th, 2013 at 9:49 pm
        marianna says:
        I need help I have a cold sore every 3 weeks. Since. I had my baby its very. Hard. To get it to go away n This just will not go away I have done all the post that u have put up but its not working. And this cold sore is smaller then the others but its been. Two weeks so please somebody. Give me more. Home care that I can do
    14. August 11th, 2011 at 4:03 pm
      Jackie says:
      I buy cold sore treatment vials (compared to the active ingredient in Viroxyn). They are over the counter from either the grocery store or walgreens. It has two little vials of clear liquid. I apply it the first sign of a cold sore and it dries it out right then. I have never had to use the other vial on the same cold sore (although you can if you need to). It hardly even looks like a cold sore as it heals. I will never go back to any of the other cold sore products. This works the quickest for me and has been a life saver.
      • October 9th, 2012 at 9:25 am
        Dani says:
        What it is called?!
        • October 23rd, 2013 at 10:47 am
          Sidsnowy says:
          Orajel -instant pain relief for cold sores.

          My cold sore stopped right away and I can tell it's healing and getting smaller but doesn't look like the usual nasty diseased scab it usually looked like! Day three and no one knows it's there but me!
    15. August 14th, 2011 at 7:36 pm
      Becky says:
      I have a prescription for Acyclovir refilled every year at my annual. I used to get cold sores 2-3 times a year (the virus activated when I had a cold or if my lips were sunburned) and now I only get them every 3 years or so. I take 2 when I feel the tingle. I also make sure I always wear lip stuff with an SPF of at least 15. I've heard that if they are frequent drs will prescribe one per day for prevention. When I do get them, they are really bad (I once had one cover the whole left side of my upper lip and up into my nose) but, I have found that currently Abreva works best for me. Unfortunately, some of the "cures" others have listed actually spread mine, so, good luck finding what works for you. I HATE coldsores.
    16. August 22nd, 2011 at 10:13 am
      Jessica says:
      I've suffered with the 'face herpes' since I was 16, now I'm 33. I generally get them right after I've been sick or when I'm extremely stressed out. or if I'm in the sun too long and don't put SPF on my lips. I woke up this morning and felt the feverish tingle and touched my lip and there is the inevitable bump (right on time to bring my son to school and walk him to class on his first day at this new school). The last time I had a flare up, I did lots of research and I found something called CureChrome from Walgreens. It's a 1 oz bottle for about $3. It has the same active ingredient as Viroxyn. I use an alcohol swab to clean the surface, apply the CureChrome on it with a q-tip. I alternate the CureChrome and Lip Clear Lysine + by Quantum (an ointment you can find in the cold sore relief aisle at Walgreens) as often as I think about it. This combined by taking double the daily dosage of Lysine pills...makes it go away in 2 days max...sometimes one day.
    17. August 24th, 2011 at 10:21 am
      Heidi Lee says:
      Lavender oil by Young Living will help to dry out the cold sore quickly. It can be ordered on line.
    18. October 19th, 2011 at 9:52 am
      Amanda M says:
      I found this site yesterday when I woke up with one. I immediately started using the vanilla extract, this morning it's GONE! Well, almost. It's not NEARLY as gross looking as it would be normally! It didn't get super swollen, it doesn't burn either. I also used the yogurt one while I was at work. the combination makes me SO happy! Now I just have to figure out how to stop my cats from peeing on my clothes and I will be the happiest woman in the world! Thanks for this post!
      • October 19th, 2011 at 10:36 am
        alysha says:
        Yay! I'm so glad this post came in handy for you!
    19. January 19th, 2012 at 10:46 am
      Kathy says:
      My sister told me to use bactine the last time I got a cold sore and sure enough it works. It has exactly the same ingredient Benzalkonium and same percentage .13% as Abreve at a much lower cost. I actually liked it better because there is something in Bactine that is numbing. I sprayed a q tip and applied it that way. Have not been able to find Bactine in a cream just a spray bottle. I even asked the pharmacist and he said it was the same ingredient. Save your money and use Bactine instead of abreve. $4-7 verses $15-$18.00 for Abreve and you get a gazellion times more. I use to get something called zorvac? with a prescription but I think the Bactine works just as well.
    20. February 7th, 2012 at 7:07 pm
      Stacy says:
      I use Abreva when I get a cold sore, and it helps it to heal faster. I heard from a friend that plain old bar soap can help, too. I got my finger wet and rubbed it on the bar, then applied it to the cold sore. There is some ingredient (forget which one) that is supposed to help, and is most commonly found in bar soap. I've also tried ice, but didn't notice any change. I've never heard about some of the ideas on here, so I'll have to get experimenting! Hopefully my chance to try it all won't come too soon, though!
    21. February 12th, 2012 at 8:11 pm
      Kathy says:
      Washed my face this morning in the shower and felt the cold sore coming on then. Have not had one this bad since 2007. Found this site on Pinterest... going to try some of the ideas! I currently use Zovariax - it works okay but I think sometimes my body starts to get immune to the medication. Thanks for the ideas...
    22. April 6th, 2012 at 3:21 am
      Sara says:
      Put salt on your cold sore and it will dry it up super quickly so that it heals faster. I have gotten cold sores since I was a kid and this is how I dealt with it.
    23. May 14th, 2012 at 6:46 am
      Jessgal says:
      Have heard that peppermint extract helps.
    24. May 15th, 2012 at 2:01 pm
      Kaylee says:
      oh my gosh i tried peroxide and natural sea salt and it works better than peroxide and regular salt! i know i might be young but getting rid of cold sores is a waste of time if your really super active but i managed to find your awesome website and tried the remidies and succeeded in an hour!! thanks so much for the website!
    25. June 8th, 2012 at 1:02 am
      Health Tips Blog says:
      I always apply ice cube on the infected area to get rid of cold sore over the night. But it is not a permanent solution. I am looking for its permanent treatment because having a virus can lead to the serious complications. Is there any permanent cold and sores treatment available in the market?
      • August 15th, 2012 at 4:27 pm
        Heather says:
        Sorry, herpes is forever :/ The virus hides in your trigeminal ganglion, so your immune system can't attack it.
    26. June 17th, 2012 at 2:49 pm
      Stephanie says:
      Hi . Yesterday I felt the right side of my bottom lip feel a little weird! I had a feeling I would get a cold sore so I put on some Lip Medex Blistex to heal it before it came. I haven't gotten a cold sore for a very long time Well today I woke up with a gross cold sore on my lip :( its like really tiny ones then on my inner lip it's a bigger one , not huge. But bigger than those tiny ones. It's so frustrating I just took a vitamin C like I read you said, and I've been putting in this Blistex since last night. There's been NO difference. I'm so frustrated what can I do? I was thinking about the garlic remedy but needed more details help please :'(
    27. June 22nd, 2012 at 4:25 pm
      Abbey Stalcup says:
      Try dabbing the area before and while you have the cold sore with rubbing alcohol. It kills the virus and prevents it from spreading. Then I use Denavir, which i find works much better then Abreva.. Good Luck!
    28. July 24th, 2012 at 7:24 pm
      Ashlea says:
      Gargaling salt water helps too11
      • July 24th, 2012 at 7:25 pm
        Ashlea says:
        Thank you for all the help, my mouth was in sooooo much pain
    29. July 26th, 2012 at 3:28 pm
      Liz says:
      Lemon Balm. German studies have shown that it helps treat and prevents future cold sore as well.
    30. August 15th, 2012 at 4:24 pm
      Heather says:
      Hey all- for fast relief, alcohol (isopropyl or ethyl- IE rubbing or drinking alcohol) dries out the cold sore FAST. It's why listerine, pure vanilla extract, and Viroxyn (yeah, it's the 70% alcohol that dries it out, not the medicine, sorry you wasted $40 :/) Now, I realize that few people would want to put rubbing alcohol right on their cold sore, but if you're brave enough, it will work wonders. Otherwise anything that contains at least 60% alcohol should work!

      I have also heard there is limited research that tea tree oil works, if you have some already, it's worth trying. Otherwise, just try the alcohol, since you probably already have some at home, and it's so inexpensive. My source? I'm a dental student- oral maladies are our specialty :)
      • May 23rd, 2013 at 2:19 pm
        karen says:
        Thank u so much u help me alot
    31. August 23rd, 2012 at 4:37 pm
      laura says:
      I've tried everything on the market and nothing really works. Something I recently tried and swear by is Oil of Oregano. I put it on my cold sore the moment I felt it start tingling and continued applying a few times during the day and night (when I got up to go to the bathroom). It stopped it from spreading (getting bigger) and by the next day was already crusted over and is on it's way to healing. Much faster than the 7-10 days it usually takes to run its course.
    32. August 24th, 2012 at 12:20 pm
      Georgia says:
      Toothpaste and salt mixed in a bowl leave on for an hour or so be generous when applying (goop it on!!!) good luck!!!!
    33. August 27th, 2012 at 12:19 am
      Adya says:
      My boyfriend just recently spotted a co-worker standing holding a frozen butter knife against his lips. He questioned him, and the co-worker explained that it's how he gets rid of cold sores. He keeps a butter knife or two in the freezer, and when he feels one coming on, he just holds the knife to it until his lip is numb.

      Last night I had a cold sore pop up, so I gave the frozen knife a try. Somehow it's been working! :) It's definitely my new method of getting rid of them. I've had them since age 5. What a pain!
    34. September 6th, 2012 at 8:03 am
      Kaila says:
      I've had cold sore all my life only break out every 5 years and i normally have flair ups in my eye which isn't good at all!! and that tingly feeling everyone gets I unfortunately don't get :/ Sunday the corner of my upper lip was a little swollen it hurt a lot I started icing it and putting the cold sore treatment on it.. its Thursday and my lip is completely swollen pain is almost unbearable! I made it to the er yesterday got my valtrex and I am trying the yogurt I heard from different sites it works. I just need something for the pain! Any good ideas I have bactine I thought bout using that but wasn't sure so I might use that too!!
    35. September 8th, 2012 at 9:01 am
      stacy says:
      I have a cold sore ;( .. and I have a date with my boyfriend tonight .. iv had my cold sore for about three days now. And it needs to go away fast?!!!!!!!! .. I need some help. My cold sore is on the upper lip in the corner .. sorta. I just really need this monster gone ASAP! !!! ;/
    36. September 30th, 2012 at 1:21 pm
      michelle says:
      chap stick and vickx
    37. October 14th, 2012 at 1:03 pm
      Me myself and i says:
      I mixed together toothpaste perfume peroxide handsanatiser nail polish remover cold sore creme and hairspray and Im using it now. I'm not sure how this is going to work but it's worth a try :) GOOD LUCK :)
    38. October 15th, 2012 at 4:31 am
      ariana says:
      thx osss muchthat was a toatl save
    39. October 26th, 2012 at 10:30 pm
      Kirsten says:
      After suffering for many many years from cold sores, I have found a sure thing remedy!!
      As soon as you feel the hint of a tingle apply Zovirax immediately (always have some handly). Be meticulous about hand washing, they are highly contagious and will spread if you double dab etc.
      Take two Neurofen every four hours. They are an anti inflammatory so they stop the swelling and ease the horrible burning feeling from the cold sore.
      Take massive doses of vitamins. I take a Berocca and a multi vitamin each day while I still feel the cold sore coming.
      Using this remedy, I have found that the blisters never come up and the tingle is gone in a couple of days.
      Try it!
    40. October 30th, 2012 at 3:13 pm
      Payton says:
      I have tried llysine pills they work great and I have also tried tea tree oil! It also works good but the llysine pills work best!!!
    41. November 7th, 2012 at 7:28 am
      Jayne says:
      I've gotten horrible cold sores for years that would last SO long and spread and be a HUGE mess, especially when stressed out in college. Abreva didn't do anything for me (plus who can walk around all day with a big white glob on their lip), neither did ANY over the counter stuff, just seemed to irritate it and make it spread more. What worked best for me when I would got them was just washing with good old fashioned soap and hot water. I recently found Lycine, and the first time it healed my cold sore in NO TIME and I haven't had one since! I take it the second I feel like I am going to get one, and take 3 or 4 capsules 2 or 3 times a day and it never even pops up! Lycine is AMAZING!
    42. November 12th, 2012 at 1:33 pm
      Ashley says:
      Every time my uncle were to get a cold sore he would get a needle and burn it. First to kill the germs on it. Then he would burn it once more for about five seconds. Then he would burn off his cold sore and apply rubbing alcohol to clean it. It works very we for him.
    43. November 19th, 2012 at 5:16 pm
      Sheri says:
      Lemon Balm. 3 to 5 times a day. Dries it up before it can even get to the blister oozy stage. Amazing!
    44. December 3rd, 2012 at 11:49 pm
      claire says:
      Zovirax works like a breeze! also try vaseline and toothpaste before it starts to form dab some on!
    45. December 6th, 2012 at 11:05 pm
      misschrys says:
      I discovered that if you put deodorant on the impending cold sore before you go to sleep it will normally get rid of it.
    46. December 8th, 2012 at 11:05 pm
      Lindsey says:
      Just use a topical ointment. They are fairly inexpensive and hasten healing. These combined with the ones above work great and speed up the other methods. I like WishGarden's Herp- Elim Salve
    47. December 9th, 2012 at 12:46 pm
      Darla says:
      Ice it
      Put peroxide
      Blistex or Abreva
      Orajal for cold sore
      It really works
      trust me :)
    48. December 14th, 2012 at 12:09 pm
      Anna says:
      I read somewhere about Apple Cider Vinegar. It works, I just bought some to make my cold sore go away for my date tonight! ;)
    49. December 15th, 2012 at 7:28 am
      Danny says:
      I find that if u put ice on the cold sore util it feels like really cold, and then put tea tree oil Chapstick on it goes away fast. Also have valtrax pill.
    50. December 16th, 2012 at 8:56 pm
      Sara says:
      Do you just put the peroxide on first and then the sea salt? I have a sore now and I just need it to be gone! Please help!#
    51. December 22nd, 2012 at 9:32 am
      Chloe says:
      Im 12 and just got a cold sore this morning.I have tea tree oil at home,should i try it? i have this other cream that used to always work when i put it on when they were only coming up but i didnt notice it. I have them all on my chin too. What should i use that is cheap?
    52. December 22nd, 2012 at 11:00 am
      Victoria says:
      If you are smoking,and your getting cold sores,then that would be the problem
    53. December 30th, 2012 at 12:46 pm
      annie says:
      nail polish remover! definitely helped me last time.
    54. January 4th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
      Allyson says:
      When I get a cold sore, I use herpecin, abreva, and take lysine pills. Someone told me that licorice works too. Actual licorice powder not anise. You can rub it right on the sore and apparently it works wonders! Also, I heard to mix baking soda and milk and rub it on the sore as well.
    55. January 5th, 2013 at 3:18 pm
      shelly says:
      Put bleach on a q-tip and apply to cold sore! It goes away within hours! !! It really works!
    56. January 5th, 2013 at 6:13 pm
      Jen says:
      I used ice to numb and inhibit the virus during the prodormal stage (and for relief and swelling when blisters were present), toothpaste mixed with salt to dry out the blisters once popped (nail polish remover also works), heavy doses of L-Lysine throughout the presence of the sore, Vaseline or Lysine+ to moisturize during the healing stage. My prodormal stage lasted one day, blisters to ulcers and healing on day 2, healing and hardly noticeable and easily covered with makeup on day 3 and I'm sure they'll be almost entirely healed by day 4! It's good if you can prevent blisters in the prodormal stage, but 4 days from start to finish is amazing in my experience. Especially considering I only got two blisters instead of my normal 5 - 9 using this method.
    57. January 12th, 2013 at 6:10 pm
      Meghan says:
      Lysine!!!! I used to get cold sores horribly. My whole lip would swell up and pains would shoot to my ear!! They were horrible!! I started taking a Lysine everyday. It is an over the counter vitamin. I have only gotten one in the past year and it was tiny!!! Highly recommend taking it!!
    58. January 15th, 2013 at 12:11 am
      Kendall says:
      You can also rinse your mouth out with salty water or even mouth wash I use oragel and it acually worked gone in less than 2 days and also make sure your lips aren't chapped have Chapstick handy at all times
    59. January 22nd, 2013 at 7:40 pm
      Angie says:
      Garlic is our go to cure for a cold sore. At the first little tingle, we grab a piece of raw garlic, cut off a piece and rub it directly onto the skin. I rarely have an eruption now unless I am somewhere and don't have easy access to the garlic.
    60. February 3rd, 2013 at 11:49 am
      Mackenzie E. says:
      My friend has a cold sore and we've been trying to get rid of it for a very long amout of time and it will not go away. We need help i think im getting one to!
    61. February 3rd, 2013 at 11:53 am
      Mackenzie E. says:
      My friend and I have cold sores and we've been trying to get rid of them for a few days now we need help ! were are 12 years old.
    62. February 3rd, 2013 at 12:12 pm
      MacKenzie E. says:
      Me and my friend have cold sores and we've been trying to get rid of them for a few days now. Our moms haven't ever had a cold sore so they don't know anything about them. We're only 12 so there's nothing we can do much. Please give us some advice we want to get rid of them by tomorrow.
    63. February 7th, 2013 at 2:23 pm
      yolonda says:
      dnt no howw
    64. February 7th, 2013 at 7:09 pm
      Megan says:
      I started getting a cold sore on the bridge of my nose 2 years ago at the age of 38. I think someone have it to me when they kissed my nose.

      The first time I got it, I had no clue what it was and burned the crap out of it with a hair dryer. The doctor didn't get enough of a sample for the test, and by the time I found out she dropped the ball, I had no more sample to give. It looked HORRIBLE.

      The second time, I really didn't do much and went through all the stages. Looked like crap again.

      The third time, I knew it had to be a cold sore and started with the ice at the first tingle. It soaked the site so badly, that it started getting raw. I tried Campho Phenique and Lysine. Not as bad looking as the first two times, but still embarrassing.

      Fourth time, started Abreva with Campho Phenique and Lysine. Less hideous and faster healing. I think it was 8 days.

      The current one, I started Abreva with Herpecin, 4000 gm Lysine morning and 4000 at night. I was also exposed to below freezing weather most of the time. I'm on day 4 and it's starting to heal. Only 3 small blisters that hardly weeped, HARDLY. The skin is flat and starting to heal with minor redness. I had no tingling and absolutely no pain at the site. This time around, you could hardly tell it was a cold sore. My symptoms may have calmed down with each break out, but this is definitely the regimen I'll be sticking to from now on. As long as it continues working.
    65. February 10th, 2013 at 9:14 pm
      Ash says:
      Lysine supplements and keeping an alkaline diet. If you eat something acidic (ex- tomatoes), be sure to balance your body's ph levels by eating something alkaline (ex- zucchini or most green veggies). The virus is triggered by an acidic ph level.
    66. February 18th, 2013 at 2:37 pm
      Aysia says:
      A mixture of raw apple cider vinegar and vitamin E capsules works really well.
    67. March 3rd, 2013 at 10:49 pm
      patrick says:
      help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i need to get rid of a cold sore on my bottom letf coner on my lip help!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    68. March 3rd, 2013 at 10:50 pm
      patrick says:
      help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i need to get rid of a cold sore on my bottom letf coner on my lip help!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE
    69. March 5th, 2013 at 8:45 am
      iggie says:
      The BEST remedy to stop a cold sore from forming further is to crush an aspirin tablet and spread the residue on your cold sore. Do it overnight and through out the day. IT REALLY WORKS!
    70. March 16th, 2013 at 12:04 pm
      Krystal says:
      This is going to sound weird… But when you FIRST start feeling it come up..put some aerosol Lysol on a Q-tip And place it on the cold sore. I do this for 5 to 10 minutes 2 to 3 times a day when I first start feeling it for the first two days or so and it will never come up. If it does come up the healing time will be significantly shorter. It even says on the bottle that it kills the HSV 1&2 virus
    71. March 28th, 2013 at 4:19 pm
      Melionioa says:
      toothpaste worked for me :)
    72. April 6th, 2013 at 5:17 am
      candace says:
      my grandma will swear up and down that if you drink a glass full of buttermilk then you will never get them again. I have tried it a few times but cant get more than 2 swallows down before it comes back up.
    73. April 20th, 2013 at 7:17 am
      Bethany says:
      Spray Lysol onto a q-tip and hold it onto the spot when you feel the first tingling sensation. Hold it there as long as possible. I try to hold it on for an hour longer if possible. Using a new Lysol soaked q-tip when each starts to dry. If your cold sore has begun to develop before you're able to apply the Lysol, still follow same routine and it heals faster.
      • April 20th, 2013 at 7:21 am
        Bethany says:
        Make sure to use the aerosol Lysol only.
    74. May 5th, 2013 at 8:37 pm
      Nicky says:
      I take Lysine everyday to help keep them gone but when i feel one coming on, i ice it immediately. I generously apply campho phenique and toothpaste works great! Rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to help dry it up. I'll try some of your solutions! Hope this helps!
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    77. May 28th, 2013 at 3:13 pm
      Christine N says:
      The ice thing really works. I put it on my lips at the first tingle and they stay very small and heal in just a few days.
    78. June 1st, 2013 at 10:34 pm
      Jill says:
      I have searched the web about a billion times for remedys and treatments. I do this just about every time I get a cold sore. And all I really see is what to do at the first "tingle". Unfortunately not all of us are lucky enough to catch it that soon. Or what youve tried (ice, etc) just didn't do the job and your cold sore has turned into a full blown swollen mess that eventually pops and leaves a bright red nasty slimy looking sore. Now it has become a waiting game. Waiting for it to heal. Cold sores on the lips are awful because its hard to keep them dry so that they can scab. ver and heal. Talking, smiling, eating, licking your lips. All make it impossible to heal. A friend of mine told me about camphor cream. (When i went to visit her and had two bloody cold sores on my lips) she said it dries them up fast and cost about 2 bucks. At that point I was willing to try anything! So i ran to the nearest store on my way home (Family Dollar) with the hope that possibly maybe they'd have some...they did. It cost me $1.50. I put it on my lips as soon as I got home and immediately felt relief. Within a couple hours I saw them start to dry up this was around 2pm. It is now midnight and I'm laying in bed, cold sores barely noticeable. I applied the camphor phenol several times throughout the day especially after eating or drinking. I know we would all rather not get them at all and I've started taking lysine supplements for prevention. But when we just cant stop one from coming I would 100% recommend camphor phenol!! Forgot to mention this is day 3 of cold sores. Day 2 of the bloody gross slimy stage. Also u can find camphor phenol in the chapstick isle! Hope this helps you as much as it helps me because these things are gross and embarrassing!
    79. June 3rd, 2013 at 12:59 pm
      Sally H. says:
      I got a huge cold sore the night before I was leaving for a weekend in vegas. I've tried everything in the past- abreva, lysene, dabbing the cold sore with hydrogen peroxide, garlic, nail polish remover etc etc etc Nothing seemed to work. BUT this time i tried something different and my cold sore only lasted for 2 days, and it's now turned into a scab :) I let the cold sore dry out instead of moisturizing it with creams. I used a tea tree oil face wash a few times a day that i bought from trader joes. I stayed out of the sun-and made sure that nothing touched the cold sore- not even lip gloss or chap stick. The drying out method worked great for me- hope it helps you too!
    80. June 5th, 2013 at 10:00 am
      Amanda says:
      L-lysine is the absolute best thing ever. But you have to take it everyday. I take 1000 mg right before I go to bed, and have for probably 5 years. If I take it without fail I don't get them at all. But if I miss a day there is a chance ill get one. I've missed one day and got one the next day, and I've missed a day and not gotten one. It's kind of up in the air, but I have never gotten one if I take it religiously. Best preventative ever. It also helps speed up healing. I will pop like 5-8 of them a day if I get one. Now when I do get them-maybe once every year and a half(used to get them a few times a year)-they are super small. Maybe one blister or two rather than the 5-7 blisters it used to be.

      Anyway, I know taking a pill every day sucks- but it's a miracle pill and its def worth it to me...
    81. August 4th, 2013 at 9:09 pm
      allyana says:
      my step mom gets cold sores all the time she is going to try the vanilla extract lets see how it works fingers crossed!!!! :)
    82. August 10th, 2013 at 10:57 pm
      xiandra says:
      Put toothpaste on your coldsore it dries it out.
    83. August 11th, 2013 at 9:13 am
      emmy says:
      Brush teeth and mouth wash every time you eat then apply alcohol swabs and vanilla extract last: should be gone in a couple days. Hope it helps!
    84. August 13th, 2013 at 8:13 pm
      Marie says:
      So what about Carmex?? Does anyone know if this works?? It's my first week of freshman fall semester and I got one the second day!! It horrible!! But my roommate suggested Carmex but I was wondering if you wonderful ladies had any life Saving answers!!?
    85. August 26th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
      Alex says:
      it gets rid of cold sores in hours :D just use blech it burns but worth it
    86. August 27th, 2013 at 9:51 pm
      Roberta says:
      As a Licensed Esthetician I despise of cold sores so I want to share my secret weapon to dry them up asap, believe it or not Desitin Diaper Rash ointment will kill the virus and dry it up in less then half the time; and this stuff is excellent for cuts, scrapes, and superficial burns too!!
    87. October 3rd, 2013 at 1:39 pm
      Hilde says:
      Hi guys! what a great tips! I've been having coldsores all my life, it's a family thing :S (I'm 29 now) and I'm immune to Zovirax and those things. So I've been trying some other things. Since Tuesday I've been having a coldsore and since Wednesday I've gotten a second one! Yes I'm one lucky lady! NOT!! So since this morning I've been using the teabag method! What you see teabag?! Yes a used teabag, every hour you hold it against your coldsore (cold or warm!) and I how it's looking right now I think it will be gone tomorrow or saturday (so instead of heaving those things for 7 or sometimes longer! days it's almost gone after 2/3days!!)
    88. October 6th, 2013 at 10:32 am
      Skylar says:
      I get cold sores probably 2 times a year at the most. But I still absolutely freak out over them! I've tried so many different ways to get rid of them. When the cold sore is in its blister stage, I use ointment called Camphoe Phenique (you can buy this at any drug store). I also take 6,000MG of Lysine a day. Once my cold sore hits its scab stage I put Carmex on it 24/7, this keeps it moisturized and prevents scaring. Day by day it becomes easier for the scabs to just peel off or they fall off in the shower. These remedies literally make my cold sores last up to 5 days at the most. including scabbing.
    89. October 23rd, 2013 at 8:32 am
      Shannon says:
      I found this site while doing a google search for ways to get rid of cold sores & I am so glad I did! Reading other people's recommendations is super helpful, so thanks!

      I am 26 & have been getting cold sores my whole life. My brother & I both suffer from them, but neither of our parents do, so they were never helpful with tips & tricks on how to get rid of these suckers. I have tried so many things, but lately, I have discovered the Lysine vitamins. They have worked absolute wonders for me. If I take them at the very first tingle of one, it never comes in. I would take one 1000mg every few hours for a few days, followed by one daily since purchasing the bottle. I haven't had a cold sore in 3 months while taking these vitamins, where as before, I would get them monthly. Usually right around my monthly cycle. However, this past week, I haven't taken them. In my head, I somehow thought it would be a good idea to take a break from them so I wouldn't build up a tolerance... if that is even possible. Well, as luck would have it, yesterday I woke up with a HUGE, disgusting, bubbly cold sore right in the center of my bottom lip & it looked like it was already spreading. I had NO signs of this coming on when I went to bed the night before. Yesterday, I started taking the Lysine vitamins every few hours, but I think since it is already all the way in, the vitamins aren't working as good. Usually, I will run out & buy abreeva once one comes in, but I just don't want to spend $20 on that anymore! It doesn't seem to be as effective for me as it once was. This go round', I have tried to just not touch my lip at all, occasionally dab some peroxide on the sore, wash my hands constantly & put lysine ointment on the sore along with taking the vitamins. I woke up this morning & there is no change. I have been icing my lip all morning & am going to continue to take the vitamins.

      From here on out, I will never again skip taking the Lysine vitamins, ever ever ever again. In my experience, they are the best preventive treatment for cold sores. But it seems once mine come in, they are there & I just have to ride it out. I may go pick up some of the things listed on this site. Seriously, everyone, take a Lysine vitamin every single day & if you start feeling/seeing the signs of one, take one every few hours until you no longer have the signs of a sore!
    90. October 30th, 2013 at 8:25 am
      Carol Bates says:
      Almond extract- put it on a Q tip and it stings but it works. Mom did that with me and I do it with my Great grand children.
    91. November 23rd, 2013 at 2:41 am
      Wendy Jennings says:
      I use perfume for cold sores. Yes it is a bit of a f*** moment when you put it on but it certainly dries them out.
    92. December 3rd, 2013 at 1:01 pm
      Ashley says:
      Well actually putting a fres slice of a cut lemon will help a great deal may burn but it worth it. GOOD LUCK
    93. December 12th, 2013 at 8:46 pm
      Emilie says:
      I have never had a cold sore in my life until this year!!! This is my second one in about 2 months and it is down right EMBARRRRASSSSINNNNG!!! I will be trying some of these tricks (: The Abreva just isn't doing it for me... :I Hope the vanilla extract works!
    94. January 1st, 2014 at 7:09 pm
      Joanna says:
      Deodorant and ice!! As soon as I feel one coming on, I put deodorant on the spot and ice it for at least 30 minutes. I have not had one flair up to the point where other people can see it in years! If I get a chance, I repeat the deodorant once or twice during that day.
    95. January 17th, 2014 at 6:47 am
      mmb-963 says:
      The dentist is the best bet. If you go to the dentist before the cole sore erupts, they will zap it. The cole sore never happens. Additionally, it will not come back in that spot. It's a nominal fee and no prior appts needed. It's a quick run in-run out.
    96. March 9th, 2014 at 9:04 am
      Makenna says:
      i have the worst cold sore in the world! im going to my boyfriends house tonight and i dont know what to do! you got to help! please?
    97. April 1st, 2014 at 7:52 am
      Abigail says:
      Hey yall! I have been going through these posts and noticed that not many (if any) mentioned campho-phenique! It works WONDERS with the cold sore. The second I feel one coming on, I put a little on the spot and it stops it dead in its tracks. If you get a really nasty cold sore, this stuff dries it out very quickly. You can get the CVS brand of it but it is already extremely cheap. Also, I know everyone is against using bleach but bleach has been SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to kill both the herpes viruses in a lab setting. That said, doctors have also mentioned dabbing bleach on a qtip onto staph infections and other skin infections. Obviously, don't go crazy on the bleach, but it has worked 100% of the time for me as well. I go back and forth between methods depending on what supplies I have at the time. Gone within a couple days!
    98. April 5th, 2014 at 1:29 pm
      Emily says:
      I cut open a NyQuil Liquigel nighttime medicine and apply it with a q-tip on my lip several times at the first sign of a cold sore. It makes
      The sore go down instantly&& is usually gone within a day(if caught early). Hope this helps! I've tried everything and nothing works as good as this! :)
    99. July 15th, 2014 at 10:02 pm
      Michelle says:
      I hsve used Releev with some success. I caught the cold sore a little late and while the sore took a few days to heal, others couldnt tell it was even there until the scab stage happened. Even that stage was short though.

      I've been taking red marine algae lately as well. It seems to help keeo things at bay altogether. See if I keep taking it and no longer get as many sores. I got three in about 5 weeks and dont wantto go through that again.
    100. September 1st, 2014 at 7:22 pm
      Becki Coffman says:
      Zinc tablet. Take one, no special brand, they usually are in 50 mg dosage- usually the next day the cold sore is GONE !
    101. September 1st, 2014 at 7:23 pm
      Rachel says:
      A dab of straight Lemongrass essential oil works amazing! And over the years I've tried so many remedies. I've even used prescribed Zovirax and lemongrass beats it hands down! Lovd that it's a drug free remedy!
    102. September 1st, 2014 at 7:25 pm
      Hollie says:
      Lysine works great when I remember to take it. Applying apple cider vinegar to the cold sore works wonders also.
    103. September 1st, 2014 at 7:46 pm
      Annie says:
      I'm in Canada and they sell cold sore healing patches. They are like a tiny invisible bandaid for your cold sore. If I feel one coming on I put it on right away and it literally is gone by the next day, or the day after that at the very latest. They are amazing!! I've seen similar ones in the US too. I also hate going out or talking to anyone when I get one. Now that I have a baby I'm terrified of passing it onto her.
    104. October 21st, 2014 at 3:08 pm
      KayIam says:
      I currently have a cold sore. I get them a few times a year due to the sun or dehydration. Here are some idea's that worked for me in the past. Put salt on an ice cube, it will bun through the skin and break the cold sore open. After that put some crushed aspirin on to the cold sore. Keep it on for about 20 mins at a time and repeat a few times during the day. If the cold sore has popped make sure to use Bactin on it. Rub it into the cold sore with a q-tip or cotton ball. It will numb your lips so that helps. Abreva has stopped working for me so I needed to find some home treatments. You can find all of things I mentioned at the drug store. They certainly help make healing time shorter and usually make the cold sore less noticeable.
    105. October 30th, 2014 at 2:19 pm
      Sarah says:
      Avoid chocolate, Oats, and alcohol-these contain argenine. Argenine blocks lysine and when you have low lysine you get a cold sore.

      My personal favorite treatment is L Lysine ointment and Oregano oil which should be combined with something like olive oil, coconut oil or even chapstick. Oregano oil is very strong and hot; you can find it at a health food store. I'd also like to try the lysine pills too.
    106. October 31st, 2014 at 8:18 pm
      Misty says:
      My father had horrible cold soars a few times a year. He started taking L-Lysine ten years ago and has never had one since. Do a bit of research on it. There is a way to take it so that it stays effective. My dad swears by it and I know many other people who it's worked for also.
    107. October 31st, 2014 at 8:22 pm
      Cathy says:
      I take a lysine pill every day. I use to get cold sores about once a month now I get them once or twice a year. I have a aloe Vera plant and put the juice on it when I feel it coming on.
    108. November 1st, 2014 at 4:37 am
      Stacey says:
      Any tips for getting rid of canker sores inside the lip?
    109. November 1st, 2014 at 11:27 am
      Angela J says:
      Antifungal cream works for me. I don't leave home without it. I apply if I feel the tingle and I haven't had a cold sore in years. If I do wake up with one I apply the cream and it shortens the life of the cold sore significantly. Even the cheap brand from the Dollar Tree works.
    110. December 1st, 2014 at 12:37 am
      nemiha says:
      Campho phenique works really well. I get fever blisters so bad and that has worked wonders. I also have a prescription for Zovirax which amazing as well. (Abreva never worked for me)

      Good luck!!!
    111. December 2nd, 2014 at 12:01 am
      Gregy Fuertes says:
      Hemoform serum is one the best way for herpes remedy It also helps me the prevent cold sore when you use it at first tingling feeling on the lip. If the cold sore should appear, it cures the blister in shorter time. I love it.
    112. December 6th, 2014 at 12:31 pm
      Diane says:
      I've had the flu for the past 4 days, and yesterday I woke up with my lips all puckered up and when I looked in the mirror my entire upper lip was swollen and at least 4 cold sores, and one on the left corner of my bottom lip. I've tried abreva which really helped take it down, and just went out and bought Lysin pills, so I'm hoping that helps. I'm going to try the salt and water next and then smooth it with vanilla.

      I mean I always get cold sores, and abreva usually works, but this just got out of hand. Glad to know I'm not the only one suffering with cold sores!

      I appreciate the tips and suggestions!
    113. January 2nd, 2015 at 1:20 pm
      Michelle says:
      So I woke up with a cold sore and didn't know what to do and within a few hours I looked like someone punched me in the mouth. It was gross and i felt gross But my husband and I did alot of research and found several things. Like cold pack and pure vanilla extract but nothing was working so finally I thought to use my clearasil rapid relief pads and Google it and found out alot of people said it healed in a day tops!! Dries out the cold sore fast and starts healing fast. I was a little skeptical but I switched to applying a hot towel to my lip for the swelling and applied the clearisil pad every few hours. (Just once is fine but I want to make sure it's COMPLETELY gone) and by the end of the day the swelling is gone and the sore is dried and small. You can still see it unfortunately but it doesn't look nearly as bad as before so I can take it. In order for it to dry so fast the website had said u need to get all the fluid out of the cold sore. I did and it worked wonders.
    114. January 5th, 2015 at 10:44 am
      Anne Jardin says:
      Unfortunately I get cold sores occasionally. Hemoform serum works fast, but costs $49.95 at the, and makes it easy to keep it on hand for when that awful "tingling" feeling starts above my lip!
    115. January 20th, 2015 at 1:49 pm
      David Morris says:
      Recently picked up a brand new product called Intercept CS, I dont think a lot of people have heard about it so Im spreading the word! Works great and unlike any other product Ive ever used, check it out here if you are interested
    116. February 26th, 2015 at 11:03 am
      Stacey Wiley says:
      Finally after a lifetime of suffering from cold sores there is hemoform serum. It stops the cycle in its tracks.
    117. February 26th, 2015 at 8:19 pm
      Stacey Wiley says:
      hemoform serum helps prevent the cold sore when you use it at first tingling feeling on the lip. If the cold sore should appear, it cures the blister in shorter time. I love it.
    118. March 7th, 2015 at 8:31 am
      Nefertiti says:
      Lysol, white vinegar and gel deodorant in that order
    119. April 15th, 2015 at 3:07 am
      Kimber says:
      Apply a thin layer of toothpaste. It works wonders!!!
    120. April 16th, 2015 at 12:18 am
      jade says:
      Iv gotten cold sores on and off for most my life. Iv tried alot of these remedies. Abreva for me only works if its used at the first sign ( the tingle) i take lysine which hasnt seemed to help either. It works for my gma tho. I actually woke up with a cold sore this morning. They say your not suppose to pop them cause it can spread and become worse but i continually drained it throught out the day. After draining each time i put acetone on it to dry it out. This does sting!! But it worked. It hasnt even been a full day and its almost gone :)
    121. April 30th, 2015 at 7:36 am
      Alex says:
      What would be amazing is if someone made a poll people could vote on to what the best method is when you feel tingling and another one for what the best method is after a blister already formed. PLEASE!!!
    122. June 10th, 2015 at 12:07 am
      Emily says:
      I use a combination of Listerine on the spot, salt and toothpaste, and Proactiv. Since Abreva is expensive, I try nipping the little bugger whenever I feel it coming on.
    123. September 7th, 2015 at 1:08 am
      Jessy le Nguyen says:
      Hemoform Best thing for cold sores!
    124. October 11th, 2015 at 1:28 pm
      nicholas says:
      hi im 15 and always get cold sore butd nothing seems to work can any of you please help me i get teased and bullied at school because of these things I really need them gone and fast
    125. January 4th, 2016 at 1:33 pm
      Nichole says:
      Melissa oil is fabulous. It's an antiviral. It kills it fast and I have three spots that I get them. After applying Melissa oil on each of them when they were active I have not had a reoccurrence of them in over 3 years. It's a pricey little oil but well worth it. My son caught them at school 2 years ago. I applied the oil and he has not had a reoccurrence either. In reading through the doterra info it says that Melissa oil could possibly kill the virus. Even if it doesn't though, it is gone in three days. Which is way faster than any of the otc meds I have used.
    126. January 24th, 2016 at 12:21 am
      Lo says:
      Once you feel it coming on (tingle,itch,bump) constantly apply CamphoPhenique for cold sores. Then put Neosporin AntiBacterial directly over the CamphoPhenique. This helps the cold sore medicine stay longer and prevents the cracking/eruption because it is healing your lip as it is being treated. Works better than abreva for a fraction of the cost!
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