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Bactine, rubbing alcohol, ice

At the first sign, mix 50/50 Bactine first aid spray and rubbing alcohol. Apply using Q-Tips directly to the blisters for 10 minutes. Then apply ice in a ziploc bag to the blisters for 10 minutes. Alternate several times. Let the area dry and then apply calamine lotion. Repeat after each meal the first 24 hours. You may not need that long if you catch it early enough. Also take 1,000 mg of L-lysine three times a day on an empty stomach before each meal until all signs of the cold sore are gone. For maintenance, continue taking 500-1,000 mg of L-lysine tablets daily and avoid acidic foods.
October 25 2015

Lifetime Sufferer from United States

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In the cabinets

Alcohol and a q tip 3 times during daytime, white mint toothpaste at night.
September 15 2015

Sam from Ohio

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Hemoform best way to get rid of coldsore

I've had bad cold sores my whole life and this is the only product that has worked effectively at healing them and preventing them when I feel one coming on. Highly recommend this if you get bad cold sores, it works wonders in a short time span.
September 07 2015

Sabine Baumez from UK

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Neutrogena clear pore

The acne medicine from neuteogena - clear pore oil-elimimating astringent works wonders! I usually have stubborn cold sores. They tend to take almost 2 weeks to heal! Ugh! I put a little bit of this on a cotton swab and hold it there for about 30 seconds. Twice a day. You can feel it tingle. It dried my cold sore out in 2 days. The 3rd day the scab fell off. So relieved to have my face back! (:
September 04 2015

Dee from USA

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I have tried every home remedy on the Internet. None of them sped healing and one of them even made mine worse. But it was recommended to me by the optometrist I work for to go to my dentist and ask for a prescription for acyclovir next time I got a cold sore. So that's what I did. It's not going to make them disappear over night but it stops the cold sore where it's at and it starts healing immediately. I woke up with a big one on Monday and its almost completely healed. Best part, it wasn't too expensive. Like twenty five dollars at Walmart pharmacy. I don't know why more people aren't aware of this stuff.
September 04 2015

Mike from Kansas

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Best remedy for cold sores

I discovered hemoform serum about 2 years ago. It's now the only thing I use for my cold sores - and they are gone in record time. I don't know what the person who rated it 1 is talking about. This stuff works way better and faster than tablets - and the additional ingredients help to sooth the sore itself! A really great product!!
August 31 2015

Arezoo Jalali from UK

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It really works!

I've had cold sores for about 4 years now and they are the worst! I've tried everything I can to get these suckers to not pop up, and the only thing I've found that works is Cool Mint Listerine Mouthwash.

All I do is put some on a cotton ball or something that will absorb it and hold it on the area for about 5 minutes. It burns a little, but you can truly feel the cool mint working! It dries out the area and I haven't had a cold sore since I've been doing this. After I use the Listerine, I'll ice my lip for about 30 minutes to make sure it stays away, and I'll repeat these remedies throughout the day.
August 01 2015

Lexis from Tampa, Fl

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Tried everything-here's my solution!!

I've been getting cold sores since 1969, and am so sick of them!! After trying just about everything out there, my tried and true remedy is just Hydrogen Peroxide and Ultrabrite toothpaste. At the first tingle, I rough up the blister area with a needle and swap generously with HP, which not only disinfects the area, but adds in oxygen, which helps healing.
After the foaming/tingling stops, I blot it dry, and apply the Ultrabrite toothpaste. I like this brand the best because it's so minty strong! The mint cools down the burning and something in the paste dries out the sore(s). I leave the toothpaste on for as long as I can. The itching goes away almost immediately! I'll never use anything else!
June 23 2015

Cheryl from San Luis Obispo, Ca

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Hemoform best remedies for cold sores

I have found hemoform to be most effective in combating cold sores. I hate it when I feel that tingle coming while at work and the Abreva is at home. Expensive and easy to misplace, but worth it.
May 30 2015

Amber Harden from UK

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You may not know

My mother always used Campho-phenique for our cold sores when we were kids. One day I decided to look at the label and read the warnings. First thing it says is "keep away from eye and mouth area... Poison control... External use.." !!!!!!

Tea tree oil works great! Witch hazel I've never used but I heard it works. If I feel it but cant see it yet, I will just put some lavender on it. Normally the tingle will go away and the cold sore never appears. If that doesn't work I will use Witch hazel. It normally takes 2 days to clear up. If I wake up with a really bad cold sore, I use rubbing alcohol and salt. It dries it out fast and in just a few minutes you can feel it working.
May 27 2015

Heidi from Humboldt County, CA

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Buy lysine!!!!!!! please!!!

I use this as a chapstick. I've been using the same one for months everyday. It works. I haven't had a cold sore since. Please buy this product it really works. It will prevent any future breakouts. Number iPromise Number lysine Number walgreens
April 29 2015

KaySerenity from West Palm Beach FL

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Olive leaf extract

For those of you who are not familiar with this stuff it comes in liquid and pill and it is a little spendy but so worth it considering all the things it can do for you besides preventing and healing your cold sore this stuff is so amazing I font know why so little know of it and its amazing attributes this stuff has been scientifically proven to treat and cure all the different herpes simplex virus and genital warts also this stuff is a natural antivirus antibiotic and anti inflammatory its also been proven to treat hypertension (high blood pressure but not just treat but reverse the effects of narrowing veins.

Its also been proven that if taken on a regular basis can prevent cancer from growing or forming. It has absolutely no side effects and will keep you more healthier than you have ever felt. If you are reading this and your curious please look it up you will be so pleased with what you find out about this stuff and also for the person who was needing to know what can stop tje bleeding and make the healing process faster is an herb called yarrow it helps coagulate the blood and has ultra healing properties.
April 12 2015

Jacquline ryce from Hornbrook California

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