What is the fastest way to get rid of a cold sore? And how do you stop them from coming back?
There are two very different questions which have two completely different answers. Let’s deal with them in order!
The fastest way to get rid of a cold sore is to begin treating it at the first sign of an outbreak. Don’t wait for them to form. The moment you feel that horrible tingle and notice the redness of an emerging sore is the time to start treating it.
Your approach will deal with the swelling and the pain, but it will also deal with the life cycle of the sore itself.
Take an anti-inflammatory pill such as Advil, and keep taking those to control the inflammation and swelling. You will probably end up needing to take these for up to three days.
Also take L-lysine. If you’re already taking that daily, increase the daily intake to 3,000mg. You can take it all at once, or you can spread it out. You will continue taking this at the high dose level until the cold sore is completely gone.
Apply a salt-based solution (equal part salt and warm water) and allow this to dry itself. And also use an over-the-counter cream like Abreva.
On the second day, you can ramp up the treatment once the sore has opened. Apply liquid peroxide carefully to seal the sore and stop oozing, which can cause secondary outbreaks.
Once the sore begins healing, help it along with hydrocortisone cream. Keep this up until the sore is completely gone. Using this approach should clear up the sore in about three days.
The approach to stopping outbreaks altogether is a little more involved. This is a two-pronged approach. Simultaneously, you need to address both the triggers for your cold sores and also your metabolic balance.
Addressing the triggers is fairly self-explanatory, but what do I mean by metabolic balance? The Herpes virus prefers to reside deep in the nervous system. When it is triggered to activate (which you can control by natural means) it surfaces and how long it stays active depends on the environment it finds. By adjusting your metabolism, you can make it inhospitable for the Herpes virus in which case it will tend to deactivate and return to the nervous system.
So now you understand the fastest way to get rid of a cold sore and have been introduced to the approaches needed to stop sores coming back.