Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?

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Offline LSU

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #50 on: 06/08/2007 14:41:01 »
I am here to testify that ICE is the magic trick to cold sores.  My 12-yr old daughter has consistently had cole sores most of her life.  We's used Zovirax, Abreva, peroxide, Dr. Tichenors, apple cider vinegar, nail polish remover...you name it..we've used it.  She just had an awful one that covered most of her top lip and extended onto her face...it lasted 2 weeks and ended week before last.  Then she got another one last week...we had heard about the ice trick and she started applying pressure w/an ice cube several times a day and IT NEVER BROKE THE SKIN...couldn't even see it past the first tiny bubble.  AND..she wasn't even applying medication in-between ice or at night.  It's gone!!!  IT WORKS!!!  Thanks to all who suggested it!  Finally a CURE...and it's free!  :)

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #51 on: 26/08/2007 06:45:44 »
I had used bloodroot and zinc chloride forgot the name of the product, but it worked. Hurt like heck tho.

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #52 on: 26/08/2007 14:16:20 »
This will sound funy, but our family secret (lol) is to wet your finger and put it behind your ear and get the oils there and apply to the beginning cold sore.  When I first heard my husband say this, I just laughed but I swear, it works!  Maybe God gave us natural cures on our own body?  It's worth a try right?  It has worked for me.  I also heard that cold sores can be from lack of iron.

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #53 on: 28/08/2007 00:01:30 »
My remedy that really worked is

virasoothe (its made in new zealand) google it
benzyol peroxide w/ tea tree oil (ddf brand)
and l-lysine pills

my cold sore never got big and is almost gone after 2 days.

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #54 on: 03/09/2007 21:23:59 »
Virasoothe is just amazing!  Nothing actually cures, but after a lifetime of cold sores almost back to back, I have now been free of them for years.  I don't even have to think about them now.  From the first time I used Virasoothe, they just stopped. Wonderful stuff. 
 

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #55 on: 29/09/2007 18:34:27 »
[^]I've suffered with these monstrous things, along with my 18 year old son.  He gets them much worse than I do, with them on his lip, below the nose and up inside the nose.  I just woke up with one of these things after a week of horrendous stress (my son got into a car accident and totalled his car).  I'm sitting here, trying the ice cube trick and truly hope it works!  I must say, though, pure tea tree oil usually does the trick for me.  Its better than Abreva, Denavir or any other cold sore preparation.  I'll let you know how the ice works!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!!

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« Reply #56 on: 19/10/2007 17:54:01 »
I'm back to report that the ice cube trick worked!!!!  I couldn't believe it, but it did.  I usually get a HUGE MONSTROUS cold sore on my lower lip.  I tried the ice cube trick every 3 hours for one day and when I woke up the next morning, it was 90% gone!  No oozing, itching, pain, swelling ...NOTHING!  The whole site was 100% cleared up in 2 days, not the usual week and a half.  THANK YOU ...THANK YOU ...THANK YOU to whoever posted this "cure".  I must say, I thought it was goofy at first but figured, what the heck.  I've tried everything else...why not one more!  And yes...like stated in another post...IT'S FREE!!!!  I suggest that anyone else who has the ability to spend the time sitting with an ice cube for 20 minutes evey 3 or 4 hours.... DO IT!  You will not be disappointed!

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #57 on: 24/10/2007 16:14:56 »
I am currently in hell with my cold sores. I got 2 of them three months ago, and since then, they have just recurred and recurred and recurred. They havent gone away in THREE MONTHS, and now I have four of them. Two on the corners of my mouth, and two on my bottom lip, extending towards the skin on my chin. They are horrible, huge and painful.

Ive gone to the doctors three times about it. The first time she told me they were going away and to use some blistex on them. The second time I saw another doctor and she took heaps of blood tests which found that I was very low in iron, anaemic almost. But she said that had nothing to do with the cold sores.

Ive used up 8 tubes of zovirax, tried tea tree oil, l-lysine tablets, ice, vitamin B tablets, and blistex. I even went on herpes medication that my doc scammed for me, which did nothing. Nothing works. I hate going out in public and its been three months now since Ive felt normal. I would appreciate if anyone who has experienced cold sores that dont go away or have any advice to speak up, because I have compeletely used up all my options now.

Time for the paper bag I guess!

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #58 on: 26/11/2007 19:10:36 »
iv tried everything, the aciclovir tablets, warm tea bags on my lips every hour and ice cubes very hour, ivtried soothelip and zovriax but nothing has helped and im getting desperate.

im 16 and had a cold sore every month for the past 5 months, its ridiculas i should be able to go out with my friends and enjoy myself instead whenever iv had a cold sore iv stayed at home and felt sorry for myself! my cold sores started out quite small however everytime i have gotten them they have gotten bigger, the last time had them i have one which covered almost all of my top lip and half of my bottom lip!

its just so unfair and embarrasing!

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #59 on: 04/12/2007 04:50:28 »
I have been suffering with cold sores for almost 10 years now.  I have used Valtrex, lysine, abreva, rubbing alcohol, the ice cube trick and the hot tea bag...........NOTHING WORKS FOR ME!!! I just bought some Virasoothe (I've heard wonders about it) so I am keeping my fingers crossed.  I won't even go outside and become a hermit pretty much the enitre time I have one.  It's so frustrating and it's pretty sad when all I think about is when my next outbreak is going to occur. Very unfair....why do they have to look so nasty????????

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #60 on: 07/01/2008 19:21:57 »
I've had cold sores forever, they used to be so bad I couldn't speak. I tried all the over-the-counter & prescription meds money can buy but nothing helped. Then I began taking Lysiene and it made a drastic difference. The bottle says only to take for 30 days, but even now I still take it cause if I stop, right away a cold sore will pop up. [:D]  So take Lysiene everyone suffering the wrath of cold sores!

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #61 on: 05/03/2008 19:36:28 »
I have just tumbled upon this discussion.
Cold sores have been the bane of my life since the age of 7-8. For the last 5 years my outbreaks have got worse, and worse. I am sitting here now with two sores, one on either side of my mouth, just under my lips. they stretch down almost as far as my chin, and almost meet in the middle. They are 6 days old. They hurt like hell, and look like hell spawn. The previous two weeks before these I had a similar sized one on my left cheek. Before that, on my right cheek, before that, in my nose, ears, and around my lips.
I have tried just about everything in the past. All the anti-virals, tea tree oil, lavendar oil, lemon oil, garlic, L-Lysine, herbal cures, blue-green algae, topical alcohol, etc, etc;
None of it works.
Today I sat down with a doctor who specializes in immunology, and has a good deal of knowledge about the herpes virus in all its guises. He has put together a very sensible sounding plan of action for me to follow. Taking into account the fact that my outbreaks have gone up and down in severity at different time of my life, he has tried to identify what may make me more susceptible. He has also identified certain things that for me are almost definite 'triggers'.
In short, here is the plan:

My diet must change so that I avoid (as much as possible) nuts, hard candy, chocolate, grapefruit, and bitter oranges. The citric fruits are a contact problem.
I must use a suncream of at least spf 20 at all times outside, and stronger in bright sun.
I have a sleep programme to follow which means bed by 11pm, and proper rest. I wont go into details, but its the kind of sleep advice thats commonly in health articles.
Prolonged Muscular stress should be avoided. This is not the same as normal,healthy muscular use. He means bad posture, and muscular strain caused by repetitive work or habits. Apparently this has put a strain on my nervous system by creating times of chronic aches and pains that literally wear down the bodies ability to fight illness.
He has also recommended that I have aciclovir tablets to hand, and start taking 400mg five times a day whenever I notice the signs of a new outbreak.

All of this was worked out after 5 interviews with him, and a lot of questions and hard work. I even have a 'map' of my history, where all the possible factors are mapped against outbreaks over the years, and it does seem as though certain factors play a large part in my problem.
I have no idea wether any of this helps anyone here, I am only just beginning this plan myself, so I don't even know if it works yet.
The reason I am posting this here is because the plan he has given me makes sense. By mapping all the things I can remember about my past, and matching it to outbreaks I can see what he is getting at.

I'll re-post in a few weeks and let you know how I am getting on. If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask.



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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #62 on: 12/03/2008 00:00:23 »
If you read all the forums you will often see ICE suggested. The difference between this 'solution' and all the others is that every reference to ice is in praise, while all others received mixed reviews. Some fail at all types of medication, some respond brilliantly to a particular one, some use a cocktail ... but ice remains a common 'YES'. When I tried it, I wrapped up a 1 inch square cube in tissue so that water didn't run down my arm and placed it on the outbreak till until the ice was gone in about 10-15 minutes. Then did it again with a second cube, and then again with a third. 30-45 minutes with an ice cube firmly pressed on. No dabbing, no trips to the mirror ... clamped on continuously and firmly (not fiercly). Finally a trip to the mirror - gone, gone blessed gone. Slightly tender (I just froze my lip), but no swelling, no blister, hardly noticable aside from the slight redening from the freeze attack. One thing I noticed is that ice is not just ice ! At home an ice cube from my mild domestic fridge is like glass, while at work the big fridge is more powerful and the ice is heavily frosty white ... ice works period, but heavy frosty ice is heaven. Don't be worried you'll do damage freezing your lip, I have absolutely no side effects from the freeze attack, and after 45 minutes of freeze, it only takes 5-10 untill all is as it was, except the virus has given up its attack! If the virus has made a sneak attack like after sun burn rather than stress, and the flare up happens while you are asleep (so it's well under way when you spot it), the ice will work fine but the skin may already be damaged. That's where the other tip of 'nail varnish remover' is useful. It is strong and any remaining virus activity will also be alienated from the area, but it's great in very rapidly drying out the area, almost like a sealant. Unless your cold sore is huge it should help a lot to close down the exposed area and prevent the nasty scab that is embarrising as well as uncomfortable. Bottom line is that ice and nail varnish remover are a cheap fast 'repair' not cure, that everyone that I've read about says ... 'it works'  [;)]

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« Reply #63 on: 16/04/2008 14:36:26 »
Amazing reading all those anecdotes. I tried H-Balm (Forces of Nature) and then ChroRaphor ('once you have used it you will not get a reoccurance. Buy 1 get 1 free' !)I thought they were working, but it co-incided with a change of environment where I ate fewer nuts. Since resuming high nut consumption, cold-sore have come back.

I have sent off for Virasoothe as people here say it works. I will also trial Bio Stick (30 days trial, money back guarantee) and post the results.

One hint for those in the UK, a generic version of Zorvorax is available in my local Poundland. It is called Pinewood Coldsore Cream, is identical, and costs, yes, just 1.

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #64 on: 24/06/2008 01:58:43 »
Ice cubes really do work, especially when used the second you feel any tingling at all.  You can often prevent the sore from developing if you start the ice early enough.  I hold an ice cube on the area until it melts, wait a few minutes and then hold a hot tea bag on the area until it cools.  I follow up with a dab of tea tree oil and then put some Abreva on it. I repeat all of that two or three times a day.  Also, the second I feel one coming on, I start taking l-lysine(about 200 mg every 4 hours).

I guess all of that is overkill, but I just had a cold sore that was gone in two days using that treatment! 

Also, very important, keep drinking water!!! It will take longer to heal if you are not hydrated.
« Last Edit: 24/06/2008 02:01:19 by Brandy08 »

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« Reply #65 on: 04/07/2008 05:25:04 »
It looks like there could really be a cure for cold sores on the way:

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1819739,00.html?imw=Y

I have put up with them now for 40 years or more and have a few scars to prove it.

But the real worry was a recent bout when they appeared around my left eye for the first time. The doctor was quite concerned and stated that if severe they could send you blind. Coincidently(?) this occurred after I had been doing some nude sun bathing to try and get a tan for a forthcoming holiday. Luckily they disappeared after some treatment and did not affect the cornea and I have not had any since around the eye.

If the above cure is successful I will be the first in line as I would say that cold sores have been the curse of my life. 

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #66 on: 15/07/2008 00:49:26 »
I am hearing a lot of good things about the ice method.  Next time, I get sore, I will try it and let you all know.

Thanks.

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Offline katieh

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« Reply #67 on: 13/08/2008 05:12:26 »
i heard that if your partner has a cold sore and gives you oral sex but you have the cold sore virus too. you cant get gential herpes from the oral sex. is this true?

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #68 on: 18/08/2008 02:20:08 »
Ice helps, I wouldn't say it's the end all-be all. Really if you want to be safe and have a job or school, Valtrex 1000g a day we'll save you a lot of trouble. Also exercise in the morning. You'll feel better and it's good for your body. Also take L-lysine.

If you are broke try herplex, L-lysine & exercise.
http://theprivatepharmacy.com/products/cold_sore_treatments/herplex.htm
I heard it's pretty decent.

//English isn't my first language

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« Reply #69 on: 18/08/2008 02:22:10 »
Also let's nip the disease in the bud and stop paying these pharmaceticals zillions. Donate to herpes research.

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« Reply #70 on: 13/10/2008 15:18:54 »
as much as i wish it weren't so we will probably never see a cure for cold sores. It's just not in the pharmaceutical companies' best interests to make one available to the public, not when they can charge us for their treatments for the entirety of our lives. It must be a real cash cow for them and i'm sure it makes a mint for them. If they did release a cure they would lose an unthinkable amount of money over time, for all we know there could already be a cure, patented and locked away so no-one can sell it no the open market. I'm still hopeful though that some independent  genetic scientists sneak one past them. Fingers crossed   

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« Reply #71 on: 17/10/2008 08:15:37 »
I'd say that Ice helps reduce the length of time of my outbreaks. I have found that there are really only two things that prevent cold sores for me. I usually don't use valtrex because I don't like to put drugs in my body but that stuff really works for me.
The other thing that I like is vygone. This one is cool because you can use it on a ton of cold sores.

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« Reply #72 on: 21/10/2008 17:51:48 »
No cold sores for more than a day in 2 years now.  I'd had cold sores for 40+ years usually every few months. They're even present in my toddler pictures.  Nasal ones were the worst for appearance as you can imagine.  Once when I had braces placed they made a continuous ring around my mouth.

Stumper makes a very good point about diet.  If you are feeling stressed or have the least bit of a tingling cold sore aura ABSOLUTELY swear off all chocolate especially dark chocolate until you are well out of cold sore harms way.  Peanut butter, nuts and red grapes flame the fires of a cold sore too.  If you are a dark chocolate fiend  limit your intake even on your good weeks to lessen the likelihood of a sore beginning.  These foods are high in arginine and cold sores absolutely love it.  Cheap and important is the ingestion of daily lysine to counterbalance the arginine. I also carry them with me. Salmon is a good substitute for lysine. You can't avoid arginine all together nor should you want to your whole life as it is good for your heart but it is the lysine:arginine ratio that keeps cold sores at bay.  So..if you know you overindulged with nuts or chocolate take an EXTRA lysine and save yourself a lot of grief.
ICE is indeed great, thanks for the tip from multiple contributors.
If you use Valtrex be sure it is prescribed as 2 grams the 1st dose and 2 grams repeated in 12 hours then finish. You only need 4 pills for an episode but must be pulsed in this manner.  This is the recommended dosing for cold sores but some doctors believe it can be dosed the same as for shingles; not so.  If the dose is stretched out over a few days or a week it does not work very well if at all and you've wasted money on a lot more than necessary pills.  Ask for the 1 gram pills, the highest dose it comes in, as higher milligram pills are cheaper than many lower milligram pills.  Valtrex is for last ditch efforts.
Really if you take lysine daily year round with extra for dietary faux pas, monitor your chocolate and nut intake, and if anemic - take iron to lower your stress level, you shouldn't need Valtrex except when you slip up as we all do.  But again, the ice has really saved me even in that case when recently I foolishly had no lysine (or salmon) available.
Good luck to all.

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #73 on: 27/10/2008 21:35:54 »
To get a cold sore is the worst thing in the world.  now that sounds so over the top but when you get one, it really is the worst thing in the world.  I constantly bite my lips and lick over the top of them in fear of a small bump..........and 95% of the time, there is nothing there.  But on that odd occasion, usually when something I am really looking forward to is on the agenda, there is that horrible, awful, sinking feeling and the thought of 'here we go again' and then my mind races ahead for the next ten days to check the calendar in my head for any social appointments.  If there are social appointments, they will be promptly cancelled with the excuse of 'no money' or 'have got the flu'.... letting people down is the least of my worries because for the next ten days, my confidence is zero and my contact with the outside world is kept to an absolute minimum.  When that contact comes along, the wipe of the nose or the turn of the head are the things that kid you into thinking the other person cannot see what's growing on your mouth, but they obviously can because if it was you looking at you, then you would definitely see the thing and you would also think it was disgusting and vile.  So how can you expect anyone else not to notice it or think those things when you think them yourself?  So, what about being proactive? OK, so it's straight to the chemist to buy some compeed colsore patches cos they are the only thing that can prevent a minging scab from forming and don't bother with zovirax or anything like that cos it's a waste of money and time.  the colsore patches cover the colsore up so therefore prevents spreading and like i said prevents a scab from performing.  you'll still get the bump and the 'elephant man' complex but it will normally be gone in ten days flat....  can i ask a question?  why couldn't colsores be on your back or legs or something that can be hidden easily? they really couldn't be in a worse place in terms of confidence zapping inconvenience.... oh, if you wanna take some tabs to help prevent them, get 500mg L-lysine tabs, they are an amino acid and are pretty good but don't think they will guarantee not getting them but i am told they do help so will try anything myself!!  no one will ever understand the psychological effects that a colsore has unless they suffer themselves and there is no point trying to explain either. just get your colsore patch on and phone in sick for ten days and bolt the door then everything will be fine.......if only life was that simple.  If i was a millionaire i would seriously do that because i would rather not see anyone at all then let them see me with a colsore.  Maybe there should be a club where people go when they get colsores, where they go and live for about ten days and can bolt the door behind them so no-one can come in and see them.  there could be supplies and colsore treatments available along with food and beer to make them feel better....then when healed, they can be let back into the outside world where they can be themselves again.  I don't know about anyone else bu i really cannot be myself when i have got a colsore, I am a completely different person.  I am normally friendly, confident and talkative and very sociable but give me a colsore and I turn into a hermit.  Anyway, please God may I not have any colsores or any colsores forming is my prayer every nite and so it will continue for ever more.

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Re: Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #74 on: 27/11/2008 21:03:37 »

* Preventing a cold sore - MIRACLE!! *

I have been suffering from cold sores for 18 years. I thought there was no possible way of controlling them, but I have now found a way!!

I had just suffered from one a week earlier and the following week I could feel another brewing. I was so so upset as it was days before my 21st birthday.

So I began researching ways of preventin and here is how I managed to prevent my cold sore from forming EVEN WHEN I could feel the lump under the skin:

1) L Lysine tablets (3000mg)

As soon as you feel a tingle or see a lump forming take L Lysine tablets. It is an amino acid that supresses cold sores. During the outbreak take around 3000mg (I took 2 tablets, 3 times a day). Once the cold sore has cleared, take the normal amount 1000mg. It should prevent future outbreaks.

2) Zovirax

Apply Zovirax (acyclovir) as you would do normally to the cold sore - every 4 hours

3) Ice cubes

Hold an ice cube against the coldsore or tingle for around 20mins every 3hours. Do this until the lump has gone. If the cold sore does break out, try still using the ice as it will speed up the healing time.

By doing these 3 things together, I did not have an outbreak! Literally a miracle!!! Years of suffering cured by pretty much natural ingredients.

* I HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TRYING THIS! *

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Have you tried Ice for curing cold sores?
« Reply #75 on: 06/12/2008 09:11:56 »
Virasoothe is great - I used to use Zovirax but I've changed now. I really wish I'd never got my first one! I'm still on the look out for the miracle cure.

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« Reply #76 on: 17/01/2009 23:39:39 »
herpes is a virus. just like cold and flu it will mutate and there will never be a cure. All we are doing is discussing the coping strategies.
To that end, i say thanks for all your ideas.
The antigen for the virus is passed on by the mother through the womb in child bearing. it's kind of a given that if your mother suffers you will too. because otherwise that slobbering aunt would have the potential to kill us all by virus.
I too have that 'house arrest' feeling whenever i'm 'with scab'. blow all those that don't know what it's like; they just got other nasties to worry about.

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« Reply #77 on: 23/02/2009 10:00:35 »
My mom has cold sores, so I can attest to from the mother to the child...mine aren't nearly as bad as hers, though - she gets them when she's sick or stressed, all under her nose and on her lips.  Mine are only when I have been stressed (and usually not until the stress is over) and only 1-2 at a time.  I've taken to drying them out with hydrogen peroxide, it seems to help as long as I get to them in time.  I've thought about buying Abreva, but I just can't bring myself to spend $20 on what is essentially a tube of chapstick.

I woke up feeling the swelling on my lip this morning - I'd only gone to sleep 4-5 hours prior; they sure work fast!  Anyway, I heard about the ice treatment just this past week (I think I jinxed myself, 'cuz I said I was going to try it on the next one), and sat here looking for back-up evidence that it helps while holding ice to my lip.  I think it might feel better, but that could be because all feeling hasn't returned just yet.  So, I guess I'll see over the next day or so how it works out...I'm glad to hear it's helped for so many others though, it gives me hope that this outbreak will be short-lived!

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« Reply #78 on: 01/04/2009 09:31:16 »
Like all of you - I HATE COLD SORES!!!  [:(!]  I have been getting them sporadically for the past 12 years. Every time I get them I want to avoid seeing people, but up until now have not let them rule my life. I hadn't had one for at least a year... Then three days ago I got rather sunburned [V] alas the devil's spawn appeared - the biggest one I have ever had. [:-'(]

I know that it has been established that sunburn is a major cause, but to be honest I didn't really know it was directly linked until now. [:-\] I will definitely be more careful in future - now that I have identified that as my major devilspawn cause.

This morning, depressed  [:-'(] and fed up, I went searching for a home remedy on the net, only to find programs asking for lots of money so you could be told secrets about home remedies  [:-\] - I am always very skeptical of things like that... Thankfully I came across this site  [:X]

Unfortunately I missed the blister phase to apply ice because I used Zovirax yesterday thinking it would work.. Last night I continued to put in on - every 15 mins (actually it was probably more often since I hate having them and really wanted to avoid it). But to no avail - so now today, I am in the yucky yellowy looking phase.

Thanks to all the previous posts I quickly applied a block of ice for 20mins, dabbed the area with Isocol, and rubbed in some more Zovirax, and then went out and bought the Lysine tablets - or 'LYP-SINE' as Blackmores call it.

So now I am sitting here with this horribly big and painful thing on my bottom lip.  [xx(] I have taken 4 x 500mg of LYP-SINE, held another 2 very large blocks of ice on the spawn from hell, reapplied some Isocol with a cotton tip and rubbed Zovirax in to finish.
(I've also asked my beau to bring home some tea tree oil, hoping it will be better than the Isocol  [???]
PHEW, I really hope I wake up tomorrow with my lip back  [:-\]

Wish me luck!  [8)]
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« Reply #79 on: 01/04/2009 18:38:46 »
Fortunately, I've never had to worry about that end![:0]

And, I don't think they're called "cold sores" when they're down there anyway.

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« Reply #80 on: 06/04/2009 17:04:08 »
The best cold sore cure, bar none, is an electronic device for sale in the UK from Boots. It costs about 35 but is worth every penny if you are a sufferer. [:)]

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« Reply #81 on: 07/04/2009 12:06:48 »
lost of dollars we have to spend> [::)]

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« Reply #82 on: 14/04/2009 15:53:46 »

Okay, its expensive but it lasts forever (batteries excluded) and boosts your local immune system, thereby making recurrance less likely. Actually it costs the same as 5-6 tubes of cream which isn't bad if you are a regular sufferer. It doesnt in itself do anything to the virus, just helps your own cells to fight it off. It seems on average to cure cold sores in approx half the time of Zovirax according to the data and reviews I've read.

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« Reply #83 on: 28/04/2009 20:55:20 »
This is my first post, I too am a sufferer. Mine are brought on by sunlight so I use sun block which I find works but they still come through. Ive tried everthing the last treatment was Vectavir ( pencyclovir ) but Im going to try Lysine which has sun block in it. Has anyone used Lysine

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« Reply #84 on: 30/05/2009 23:55:34 »
I have suffered with cold sores for most of my adult life. There are 2 stages of a cold sore. The first stage is when you get that tingling feeling that says a cold sore is on it's way. This is where most prescribed drugs attempt to treat it. For the drug to work, you must take it when you have the tingling feeling and most of us are unaware of the tingling feeling. The second stage is when it erupts. At this point, forget about. It is now a healing process, no different than healing any other minor skin wound. The key to making a cold sore heal fast is to dry it out and let the dry, flaky skin take over. This may sound strange, but Ralph Lauren original "Polo Cologne" works great. Just a tiny drop of it on a Q tip, then on the sore before you go to bed. The next best thing is the "Styptic Pencil" Styptic pencils are sold everywhere and are usually used to stop the bleeding of shaving cuts. They have an incredible drying power. After you have taken your morning shower, prior to work or school your cold sore is probably blazing. Moisten the Styptic Pencil under warm water and roll it over the cold sore. There will be some serious burning sensations. There will also be some dry white residue after about 5 minutes. Dab this away with a paper towel.

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« Reply #85 on: 14/09/2009 02:57:57 »
I have been getting cold sores for 13 yrs now and have tried every rememdy know to man, the best one i have found is white tooth paste and L-Lysine, as soon as i start felling a cold sore coming on i whack down 2 L-Lysine tablets staright away and 2 a few hours later i also put a blob of toothpaste where it is affected, i know having toothpaste on your lips isnt the greatest sight but its damn better than a big blister. I use warm water and a soft cloth to wipe the tooth paste off after around an hour and replace it with some more, the toothpaste also takes all of the pain and itchiness out and gives a cool feeling.

Cold sore using this method if im too late to catch it before it manifests will only last 2-3 days before scabbing over.

And the absolute best advice i can give to anyone getting cold sores is to take 1 L-Lysine tablet every day in the morning, doing this i never get cold sores (its only when i get lazy and dont take one for a month or so that i usually end up getting one)

P.S I have tied the ice and zovirax method but found this one better

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« Reply #86 on: 14/09/2009 09:47:33 »
I should also add that using this method when i do get one i have 2 lysine in the morning and 2 in the afternoon until it is completely gone then i go back to 1 a day

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« Reply #87 on: 06/10/2009 07:19:19 »
I found this awesome blog last year by somebody called Lab Rat v-Ki-ras2 that has a bizarre treatment that WORKS in one day. The blog was called How to kill a cold sore in one day. I have never in my 33 years found a way to get rid of my cold sore until I found this blog. I am almost in tears because Im so grateful. I found it on WordPress but it has now moved.

I wanted to pass this along to other fellow sufferers because it has worked wonders for me.

http://cureacoldsore.blogspot.com/

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« Reply #88 on: 06/10/2009 07:37:20 »
Oopsy, I found it now. The blog is at two sites now. "How to cure a cold sore in one day" and "How to kill a cold sore in one day". I just realized its the exact same blog by Lab Rat v-Ki-ras2. Here are both links:

http://cureacoldsore.blogspot.com/

http://killacoldsore.blogspot.com/



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« Reply #89 on: 05/12/2009 12:26:57 »
ZOVIRAX and other topical medications JUST SWELLS UP THE SORES MORE AND MAKES IT SPREAD. I have tried it repeatedly. I have had recurrent cold sores since I was about 6. Damn the adult or child who gave it to me since I am a hypochondriac with germs and very careful. In any case, I get them at the slightest drop of the hat, not just from colds, but also from stress and especially from any aggravation to the sensitive skin around my mouth. In fact, I have a bad one right now. I have tried everything repeatedly over the years - toothpaste, salt, lancing, Zovirax, orange juice, and they all did not work, but instead inflamed the sores and made them spread. The only thing that works to make it go down is pressing a HOT TEA BAG every few hours and LYSINE pills taken together. The tea bags have anti-viral properties due to tannins activated when hot, and stop the spread, stop the tingling and pain and dry up existing ones in 1-3 days. When it is big and I am really desperate, I lance it with a sterilized needle, and soak up liquid with paper towel for 5 mins. Then apply hot tea bag, and soak up liquid for another 10 mins. Make sure you cannot see any fluid at all, and it will scab in 5-10 mins. I advise this as a last measure because it can spread and make it worse, so be very careful that no fluid is left, and that is scabs up.

For avoiding sore, try to eat lysine rich foods if you are going to eat arginine rich foods, such as my weakness chocolate, wheat and caffeine (strong tea). I am bad with taking pills because I fear side effects, but I think Lysine is safe, so taking it on a regular basis is a good idea also.

Good luck. I am sorry that we all have to deal with this stupid virus, but at least you're not alone, and there are some measures.

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« Reply #90 on: 23/12/2009 04:04:33 »
I'd like to add something here. There has been for years now alot of false info being passed around that every single person that suffers from cold sores has HSV-1/2. I too have gotten cold sores from time to time. I have been tested for HSV-1/2 via anti body blood work and cotton swab method several times over the course of years, everytime negative.... so far(crosses fingers). I also have never gotten a clear answer as to WHY I get them, just the usual "it's herpes" from the doc, then a confused look when the test results come back. I have been told that low calcium WILL cause them, low vitamin C might cause them, and a few other reasons that never pointed to a real answer. I also don't get sores like other people. When I have an outbreak, my tongue will swell and blister, I get blisters down my throat, in my mouth, and sometimes on my lips and it's not a fun experience.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, there are other reasons besides HSV-1/2 that cause sores and if you suffer from cold sores(or similar), before you start looking for over the counter remedies, and here-say, GET TESTED. If you come up positive, at least you will know 100% and you can go from there.

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« Reply #91 on: 15/02/2010 18:56:30 »
Hi there

I know this is an old thread but I came onto today to search for a remedy to stop my cold sore from errupting!

I noticed this thread and decided to try the ice theory.
I was on day 2 of the tingle and sore lip sensation where the
cold sore has actually not formed. But there was a dark red circle on my lip where the cold sore would eventually pop up.

So anyhow I  put an ice cube directly onto the area while holding a cloth so there would be less mess.i held it there for 5 minutes until it had melted and then I put on another cube for a further five minutes just to give it the best chance!

I went down to the mirror then to apply a compeed patch(patch you buy in the chemist to keep the cold sore covered and help healing)however when I looked at my lip the red area was gone and my lip was not  swollen!

I put a patch on anyway just in case and I will apply the ice again in a few hours and see what happens..

just wanted people to know that this really does work!


Thanks to the person who made the original post!  [;D]

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« Reply #92 on: 19/06/2010 10:58:36 »
I'm not sure is this is current but here goes
My daughter and I both suffer with cold sores and like several people here, we too have
never found anything over the counter or from the doctor that works. She came
across a website that sells a home made remedy.  She ordered a pot of this
mixture and it healed her cold sore within about 4 days.
She was delighted to find something that actually works for a change, especially
as she was to be a bridesmaid at a wedding the following week.  She gave me some
to try and it virtually stopped mine in its tracks when I started to develop
one.  I have told several of my friends about it and they are all giving it a
try.  Personally, we think its an excellent product and its all natural
ingredients. 

The website address if anyone is interested is carmans.org.uk

I apologise for the delay in writing but this is all a bit new to me (forums)
Geoffrey

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« Reply #93 on: 27/07/2010 06:30:41 »
Hiya, this is my 1st posting on the site.
I have suffered terribly from cold sores my entire life (as I have with tonsillitis as well.) My G.P and pharmacy always tell me whenever I go for my quarterly collection of Zovirax to get in there as soon as I feel 'the tingle'. It infuriates me that after reading so many posts so far on the topic on this site from others that start with creams, lotions, potions and other forms of help whenever they feel the tingle that I must be THE ONLY person who never gets a tingle. I just wake up in the mornings and WHAM there it is! I got a cold sore 3 days ago and woke up this morning with another one on the same side of my nose a bit further down, so now I look eve more beautiful!!
I have remembered a time when I was younger and was going through a sufferable time with cold sores I begged and pleaded with my then G.P and he actually cured a site that was guaranteed I would get a cold sore every time. It was right on the end of my nose, he heated up a sterile needle with and stuck it right in the centre of the site, I have never had a cold sore there since- that was 13 years ago. Why can't they do that all over your face?!
Anyway, enough of the ramblings and good luck finding more possible cures and fast fixes for these horrific ailments.

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« Reply #94 on: 13/09/2010 18:06:44 »
I've been suffering with cold sores since I was 8 or 9 years old and am now 23. I get them in the early fall, through the winter and very early in the spring. I have about 3-4 breakouts per year and my summers are breakout free for the most part. Like essentially everyone here, I always felt they were embarrassing, painful, annoying, and had awful timing. I tried all the OTC meds; they would work once then never again. I was prescribed denavir, which worked well, but still had a 7-10-day healing period. In desperation, I recently started trying ice. The genesis of the idea (besides the high tier 3 price tag on denavir) was thinking along the lines of reducing the swelling and cold temperature's effect on bacteria. Like most other posts, the ice technique has been amazing! I stumbled upon this forum in search of anyone else who experienced the same results.

For me, if the ice is applied at first signs, they never become visible. However, mine have a tendency to pop up overnight. The ice still almost instantaneously reduces the swelling, size and appearance, but a scab still occasionally forms if the cold sore has already risen. The ice trick works well for me because I have a desk job and I can just sit at my computer with an ice cube from my drinking glass applied to the lip. I tend to be self-conscious about the sores, so this works well in that few people notice me doing it, and I can keep the sore on ice practically all day.

Bottom line, ice is the way to go. It's free, it's fast and it's effective. Chalk up another supporter here!
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« Reply #95 on: 04/10/2010 23:43:44 »
Just found something that works on existing sore. It relieved pain and kept it from getting larger. Product is Salonpas. It is a pain relieving patch made in Japan and can be purchased at oriental grocery. They are cheap only about $2 for 20 patches (I cut one pad into 3 usable strips to use on side of my mouth)...product is labeled for use on sore muscles and joints. Used the patch everynight while I slept and at first I also used ice and of course took Lysine. The patch delivers camphor, menthol and methyl salcylate (up to 8hrs). During the day I used the same old over the counter products because I could not have a strip over my face.

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« Reply #96 on: 03/11/2010 23:34:50 »
Lysine has helped me a great deal taking it everyday plus when I get an outbreak I up my dosage by 25%-30% and I also use a prescription medicine that can be found here: http://www.alcortin.com/about.php

it really works wonders and when put on at the first sign it makes it vanish and even if you use it once you have a cold sore out break it helps heal it fast! My boyfriends mom introduced it to me and I am forever grateful.
the active ingredients are: 1% iodoquinol, an anti-infective ingredient, with 2% hydrocortisone acetate
and it has done wonders for me.

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« Reply #97 on: 05/11/2010 07:44:34 »
Tea tree oil always helps. It is alo effective at many viral infections with their skin manifestations.
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« Reply #98 on: 09/01/2011 06:51:13 »
Hi Everyone

I have been suffering from cold sores for 32 years now, and have come up with a system which will greatly reduce the visibility and healing time of an (already blistered) cold sore.
Please let me know what you all think, or post comments on the blog too.
http://8-day-cold-sore-technique.blogspot.com/
 
I am finding that there is almost no practical information available for how to deal with a cold sore once it has already blistered.
( almost all coldsore websites simply state something like "...a blister, then scab, will form and last for about 10-12 days..."  :(  )
My hope is that the blog can help in this area.

I'm very happy to have found this forum, as it seems I am not alone in my frustration at the lack of useful/practical information.

I am very interested to hear any feedback, on the blog, material discussed, or any other useful ideas people have.
Thanks all!
B


PS:
while reading this forum, I noticed this other technique 
http://killacoldsore.blogspot.com/
I would be very interested if anyone has tried this. 
I'm also interested in not just the accelerated time frame, but also the visible impact of using this method.

PPS:
I have also just found this blog too!
http://bht-coldsores.blogspot.com/
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« Reply #99 on: 06/07/2011 05:47:21 »
Ice rarely helps my cold sores from developing... but I believe it does help the swelling!