There are many home remedies for cold sores that you can try, but are any of them really effective? The answer to this question is yes – but there are a few things that you need to know if you would like to quickly heal your cold sore.
The first thing that to remember if you are planning on using any home remedies, is that they are most effective when applied within the first 24 hours. As a cold sore is starting, the first few hours are critical because that is the time that it is multiplying and growing. If you can slow down the progress within this first stage, then your home remedy treatment plan will be much more effective.
I suggest that you keep a bottle of Abreva on hand at all times, because I have personally found that this is the most effective way to slow down the growth of a cold sore. This is the easiest treatment that can be done at home: Abreva can be purchased at any pharmacy (it is an over-the-counter medication), and you simply need to rub the creme on the affected area.
If you catch the cold sore fast enough, the skin won’t even be broken yet– so make sure to apply the creme liberally and gently rub it in. Continue to apply Abreva on a regular basis, following the directions on the package.
There are also a few other natural cold sore treatments that you can try. The first one is to place an ice cube on the affected area. Some people have found when they place the ice on their growing cold sore it will help to reduce the swelling in the area and also prevent the cold sore from growing larger.
Another natural cold sore remedy is to take Lysine supplements. This treatment does not work for everyone, but Lysine can effectively slow down the outbreak for some people. Taking Lysine supplements on a regular basis is also a great way to prevent future outbreaks.