Ack! Cold Sores and Fever Blisters. They’re both officially called Herpes Simplex Virus I (HSV1), but no matter what you call it, it 100% sucks.
Studies show that more than 60% of the population has the virus (and even as much as 91%), so even if you’ve never displayed symptoms of cold sores, you could still be a carrier.
Many people contracted the virus as a child, like I did. I had to deal with my first cold sore outbreak around the age of seven (my guess is from sharing a cup or straw with someone). The outbreaks got worse and became more painful as I got older. Over the years I’ve tried all kinds of over-the-counter pharmaceutical crap to treat cold sores. What a waste of money!
Cold sores can show up on the mouth, face, inside the nose or inside the mouth (a canker sore). Conventional medicine claims there is no cure, but doggone-it, I’m cured! Just call me the poster child of home remedy miracles. M’kay?
My cold sore outbreaks completely stopped altogether in May of 2010. I’ll tell you how in just a sec. Let’s first rewind to 2009. This when I learned to manage the cold sores successfully:
A. I reduced outbreak time to only 2-3 days instead of a week or more.
B. I fought emerging blisters — stopped them from ever erupting.
Toothpaste Remedy A: By applying a thin layer of toothpaste to blisters (the old school, basic Colgate brand works best) the cold sore will not be able to progress any further, and will begin to dry out very quickly. In my experience it takes 2-3 days until full healing using this method. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is the active ingredient in toothpaste that inhibits the blisters. SLS is found in the majority of shampoos, soaps and toothpastes on the market (just check your stash of beauty products), yet SLS is also a controversial ingredient because it can cause skin irritation. There’s also a debate on whether is has carcinogenic properties.
Toothpaste Remedy B: Apply toothpaste to the area at the very first tingle that signals blisters will develop within hours or next day. The quicker you apply toothpaste at the first tingle, the greater chance you have of NOT developing any blisters at all. Keep a travel size tube of toothpaste in your bag. If you have to wait to apply toothpaste until you get home, it may be too late to prevent blisters. If you are too late, just proceed to Toothpaste Remedy A, above.
If you’re not into the toothpaste method, here are a few other cold sore treatments that people swear by:
- L-lysine Ointment (aka, “lysine”): “Studies show that lysine supplements and lysine-based ointment may shorten the duration of cold sore outbreaks by keeping the (cold sore) herpes simplex virus from replicating”. ~ source
- Vitamin C: Go on and keep up on your Vitamin C supplements and/or sources of Vitamin C-rich foods, but creating a paste and applying a directly to the area will also help reduce outbreak time. Just break up the tablet — squash the hell out of it as best you can — and add a few drops of water to create the paste to apply as an ointment.
- Baking Soda: The same paste-making principle applies. A few drips of water to make a thick paste. Apply to the affected area for about 10-minutes and rinse. This treatment may also work for canker sores.
…and now getting back to how I got rid of cold sores forever. Leading up to 2010, I was dealing with outbreaks every 6-8 weeks. It was horrible. It was painful. It was ugly looking. The “toothpaste methods A & B” worked very well to control it, but I was still guaranteed to have to deal with the threat of another outbreak at any time.
Then, in 2010, I accidentally discovered my cure:
I did a 7-Day sugar detox: This was major turning point for me. Those 7-days without sugar actually turned into 30 days without the crap. After this point, I found myself in full control of my sugary food choices. I was no longer addicted. I started eating a little bit of sugar again, but many foods were now nasty to me. Sugary treats were by choice only, and in extreme moderation. It wasn’t until nine months after the 7-day sugar detox began that I realized that I had NOT had another cold sore outbreak. Whoa… WOW!
Then a full year went by. And then another year. And now here I am today, still free from cold sores after making this major change in sugar consumption. I had suffered from cold sores almost off of my life, and then suddenly, it was over.
High sugar intake and a poor diet in general (including the ingestion of artificial sweeteners, like HFCS, Aspartame and Sucralose/Splenda) will compromise your immune system. A compromised immune system cannot properly fight against viruses. Do you see where I’m going with this? You might also want to Google other “cold sore triggers”, as I hear nuts and high carbs diets may also be culprits. I also take a colloidal silver every day, which is reported by users to kill even a supposed un-killable viruses that attacks the body.
If conventional medicine has not worked for you, please don’t throw in the towel. If you’re dealing with a cold sore issue or know someone who is, get on the home remedy bandwagon right away!