This post was most recently updated on November 10th, 2017
Want to get rid of cold sores? Keep reading…
You know how you get that bump by your lip and you think maybe it’s acne but then you realize that it’s not – it’s a cold sore??? It usually has a burning or tingling sensation and there’s a cluster of small blisters. If you’re like me you as soon as you realize you have a cold sore you start to freak out. At this point I declare all out war on my cold sore. Because who likes getting a cold sore?? Especially once they break and spread. No kissing, they sting when you eat and they look awful. At this point you must switch your tactics to preventing the blisters from breaking.
I’ve been fighting cold sores for years. Once you get the virus it’s yours forever. The virus lives on and you can get a cold sore at any time you get stressed or the right conditions are present. I can usually prevent a cold sore very easily with the tactics outlined below, but once they actually become blisters then it’s more contagious and will take longer to heal.
- not enough sleep
- too much stress
- being physically run down
- ignoring your health
- eating too much sugar/high carb diet
HOW TO GET RID OF COLD SORES
Ok, you have blisters (this seems to happen when I have a big meeting or event where I will be speaking or meeting VIPs). Now what?? This is part two of the war, after L-Lysine. You have to use medicine. Abreva works really well. It’s a creme that you apply to your cold sore. I much prefer the pump over the tube – it’s so much easier to get out. Put it on all day, several times a day. At night really cake it on thick.
Abreva was $17.99 at my local grocery store and it’s actually cheaper on Amazon (get it here). Abreva is FDA approved and it’s available over the counter. No other brand had the active ingredient docosanol. I tried comparing all of the less expensive brand and they didn’t have the same ingredients.
HOW TO PREVENT COLD SORES – 5 Tips
1. To prevent cold sores, as soon as you get signs of a cold sore, take the supplement l-lysine immediately, double dose.
Do not wait a second longer than you have to. If you’re prone to cold sores keep l-lysine in your purse or car so you’ll never be without it. Keep taking it regularly for at least a week. Apply it several times a day. L-lysine is cheap and readily available. It’s natural. And it works. However, after taking l-lysine for years I always get a capsule because they’re easiest to swallow. The pills are too big. Bring l-lysine on vacation and take it to prevent getting sick.
L-lysine was the best thing that I discovered to help prevent cold sores. I get them far less now, maybe once every year or two. You can also take l-Lysine for maintenance during cold and flu season. It’s a natural product and is very inexpensive and effective at prevention.
Nature’s Sunshine is a great brand, although all have worked great for me. This is recommended by a commenter on my blog (thank you).
Here’s what it looks like (click to purchase on Amazon):
2. Make your own l-lysine paste to coat your cold sore. Crush the pill or use the inside of a capsule inside a small medicine cup. Add water and make a paste. Put a few drops of tea tree oil, and a few drops of peroxide, and some sea salt. Cake this onto your cold sore. Leave it on all night or for an hour or so. Keep doing this, several times a day. This is the only thing that has actually brought my cold sore down dramatically.
Most of the time this is adequate and will dramatically reduce how often you get cold sores. However, if you’re under increased stress sometimes even l-lysine won’t prevent a cold sore from forming. L-lysine also helped me fight shingles because shingles is related to cold sores. So if you ever get shingles be sure to treat it ASAP and take L-lysine in addition to what you’re prescribed. I did that and my shingles never spread and went away within a few days. They were only ever a small quarter size outbreak and I haven’t had them since.
Has anyone tried lysine ointment?
3. Stay out of the sun and protect your lips. Your skin is damaged by the sun. It’s weakened and more dried out. This can make it more vulnerable to cold sores. Summer or winter, wear protective lip gloss or lip balm with sunscreen in it.
4. Immediately change your diet. Eliminate sugar and simple carbs. Eat alkaline food such as green veggies, like green bell pepper which is high in vitamin C and can help with cold sores. So can spinach. Make a smoothie that has red berries and spinach in it. If you struggle to eliminate sugar, adding extra protein in this recipe can help curb carb cravings.
5. Get more rest and try to lessen the amount of stress in your life. There are many YouTube videos with meditations. Taking a walk, getting exercise, being in nature, talking with someone you love, learning to set appropriate boundaries (this is my favorite book on Boundaries) and other things can help.
Another remedy I’ve heard is to ice a cold sore, but I haven’t tried it so I can’t tell you how effective it is.
How to Cover Up a Cold Sore Once you Get One
It’s too late. You have a cold sore. Now what? In all of these selfies I’m wearing a neutral color of LipSense to camouflage my cold sore. LipSense has alcohol in it to remove bacteria. It also has natural sunscreen properties to protect your lips from the damage of the sun. Plus it camouflages the cold sore. A color like beige champagne is a good choice so it looks like your natural lip. Since LipSense is long wearing it should last all day as long as you keep it moist with the gloss. I know it won’t cover the part of your cold sore that’s outside of your lip line, but it will help the rest of it blend in.
The last thing that I want to try but haven’t yet is called monolaurin – I’ve heard a lot of good things about it for preventing colds and flu. It helps strengthen your immune system.
Some people swear by this device that is supposed to get rid of cold sores, but I’ve never tried it:Virulite FDA Approved Invisible Light Electronic Cold Sore Treatment Device