Best Way to Get Rid of a Cold Sore Naturally and Fast!
What is the best way to get rid of a cold sore naturally at home? I'm sick of wasting money on pharmaceutical medications, which are useless anyway. I need something fast-acting that actually works.
Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by either the herpes 1 (HSV-1) or herpes 2 (HSV-2) virus. According to herpes expert, Dr Jen Gunter
, more than 90% of the population are positive for herpes 1 (yes you read right) and of these sufferers, all of them will get at least one cold sore during their lifetime. So 90% of the population will end up with at least one fever blister, however, almost half of them will have more than one (multiple) cold sores throughout their life.
Cold sores can show up anywhere on the body, but the usual spots are the mouth, lips, cheeks, nose and even fingers. When you get an outbreak, you'll usually only get one cold sore, although it's not uncommon to get several blisters at the same time either. Remember also that until a blister has become crusted, it's highly contagious and can easily spread to other parts of the body (particularly the eyes and genitals) or to other people via kissing.
Thankfully, getting rid of cold sores (and getting rid of them in a hurry) is easy to do using natural and home remedies. But more importantly, if you do a few things right and follow a few simple health practices, you can keep those cold sores away for good. If you want to go one step further and rid your body of either HSV-1 or HSV-2, you can do this also (the link for this protocol is at the bottom of this article).
So here's the top 5 natural ways to get rid of a cold sore, along with some handy tips and tricks you may want to consider using so you never have to bother dealing with another fever blister again...
#1. Acetone: This should definitely be your first "go to" remedy for a cold sore. It works so astonishingly well that you can expect your cold sore to be gone within a few days, even over night if you catch it early enough and start applying the acetone straight away!
Acetone is a safe organic compound (ketone) that's normally used as a nail polish remover (our bodies actually produce small amounts of acetone). It works by destroying the infection and drying out the blister. To use on your cold sore, simply dip a Q-tip (cotton bud) into some pure acetone solution (such as one of these
) and hold it on your cold sore for 20-30 seconds. It will sting a bit, so be ready! Continue to do this every 1-2 hours until the blister is gone. If you have multiple cold sores then soak a cotton ball or cotton swab in some acetone then apply and hold to the affected area for 20-30 seconds. Once again, continue to repeat every 1-2 hours until all blisters are gone.
#2. Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide works similar to acetone (and works equally as well). It kills the infection fast, and once this occurs, healing will begin straight away. The 3% grade hydrogen peroxide is best (like this one
) because you don't need to dilute it. All you do is dip a Q-tip in the bottle then apply directly on any blisters. You will feel it tingling and even stinging a bit, but this means it's working! Reapply every 1-2 hours.
TIP: For even faster healing, use the acetone and hydrogen peroxide together in combination. So apply the acetone, then one hour later apply the hydrogen peroxide, then the acetone an hour later, and so on until all blisters are gone.
#3. Apple cider vinegar (ACV): Nothing nasty gets past good old apple cider vinegar. This natural "cure all" medicine has been used successfully for thousands of years to destroy infections and parasitic viruses. And herpes and cold sores are certainly on its hit list!
To use against any fever blisters, simply dip a cotton swab in some organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother apple) and dab and hold on any sores for 20-30 seconds. Be sure to repeat this every 2 hours for best results.
In addition to this, and for extra benefit, mix one tablespoon of ACV in a glass of filtered water (add some raw natural honey for taste if need be) and drink this concoction once to twice daily to help build up your immune system. Remember this... building up your immunity is vital to keeping the HSV at bay and keeping those awful cold sores away!
Here's what apple cider vinegar with the mother apple looks like if you're unsure... Organic ACV With Mother
#4. Ear wax: Yes you're reading this correctly. The ear wax remedy for cold sores is a tried and true treatment that the Australian Aborigines have used for hundreds, possibly even thousands of years. And it works a treat! Of course, be sure to only use your own ear wax, not someone else's (joke).
Take a Q-tip and gently and carefully remove some ear wax from your ear. Making sure not to touch the wax with your fingers, apply the ear wax to your cold sore with the Q-tip and hold for 20-30 seconds. A slight tingling sensation should be felt. Continue to apply the ear wax every few hours for best results.
The great thing about the ear wax remedy is you can apply it safely to any part of the body - and it goes to work straight away. So be sure to give this one a go. You'll be delighted (and astounded) by the results!
#5. L-lysine: The amino acid L-lysine has actually been proven in studies to reduce the severity and duration of herpes viral infections, including cold sores and blister outbreaks. It's best taken orally AND used topically to help clear up cold sores and prevent the herpes virus from growing and replicating.
You can now purchase some very good and highly effective lysine cold sore creams (here's one... Super Lysine + Cold Sore Ointment
). Just make sure that whatever brand you buy is reputable as there are many bogus suppliers out there at the moment.
In regards to taking L-lysine
orally, you will need to take 1000 mg's 3 times daily to get the virus under control. After 3 months cease taking the lysine as long term use will become ineffective. If another outbreak occurs further down the track, begin taking the lysine again straight away. In addition, you will need to take at least 2000 mg's of vitamin C, along with some colloidal zinc and vitamin E in combination with the lysine. These will all help to enhance its effectiveness and give your immune system a powerful and much needed boost as well.
Other Tips and Remedies to Treat and Prevent Cold Sores and Blisters...
a) Eat plenty of immune boosting foods such as natural yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, fresh fruits and vegetables, and healthy seeds such as flax seeds and chia seeds. Also take a green food such as wheat grass
or chlorella to further boost your immune system and remove the heavy metals from your body. Stay away from all refined/processed foods and junk food.
b) Do some regular exercise to keep your immune system strong and your body healthy.
c) Use a natural sunscreen when outdoors as direct sunlight and sunburn can trigger an attack.
Finally, for everything you need to know on how to eradicate the herpes virus from your body (yes it CAN be eradicated), be sure to have a read of our full article on exactly how to go about this. You can view it here... Natural Herpes Cure
So hopefully these tips and remedies help you out.
Good luck and all the best to you!