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    I don't get cold sores, but when I break out, tea tree oil works wonders on me. I love when my facialist finalizes my facial with it, and pinkittie, don't let the name fool you, with it being an oil, it is teh best natural remedy for iriitated skin. I have extremely sensitive skin with a bad T-zone, and it works wonders on me.
    I know there's a new store in Burlington Mall that sells it in a toner form, so I am guessing it is diluted. The store name is Lush, and all their products are natural, no animal testing, and hand-made, (at least their soaps are!).
     
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    Sure! If you can't find it (one bottle lasts so long I haven't bought it for a long time), I suppose you could cut the strong stuff with vegetable oil or something, too.
     
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    How much faster do you feel it heals it? Mine usually will clear up in 4 days.
    The cost must have gone down from when it first came out, I remember it costing $26.99 when I first looked for it in CVS after I saw a commercial for it.
     
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    Have you been to your doctor lately? I don't want to give medical advice, but I think you can use Zovirax ointment, which is a prescription
     
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    I know you can take medication for them, I'm just leery of taking pills for something I only get once a year.

    [Quote]I know this does not answer your question about "home remedies," but my mom and brother get coldsores and they both use a prescription for them. Have you ever been subscribed something stronger? If you do not want to go that route, I understand! Just wondering.[/Quote]
     
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    I didn't know you could buy diluted Tea Tree Oil. My mom swears by it, but it's always too drying for me. I'll have to go to Whole Foods, Thanks Kar!

    [Quote]Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic I've used for cold sores that does better than anything I've used OTC. However, full strength is too strong for lips. I found a diluted version of it at Whole Foods. Desert Essence makes it. I hold a Q-tip to it for a few seconds and let it soak in (the burn goes away, don't worry). Then, I put all my mental effort in leaving it alone. No stretching my mouth, touching it with my tongue, finger, whatever. Leave it. I put the oil on morning and night. It stinks to high heavens, but I believe it works for me.[/Quote]
     
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    Hello ladies,
    Maybe I am a bit late in this thread. I never had cold sores, but my college room mate did - big time, She just dabbled a bit of toothpaste on the sore and it would be gone on a couple of days.
     
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    Thanks for the tip! The whole month before my wedding I was using the lysine chapstick all day everyday to make sure I didn't get one. Now that I know I can take it as a supplement I might take them during cold season![Quote]

    Ugh. I totally feel your pain. While I don't have any tips for covering it up or making it heal faster, I'd recommend taking 500 mg of Lysine a day. Or find a multi-vitamin that has the amino acid lysine in it. There are studies that have shown that lysine inhibits herpes activity and arginine aggrivates it. Arginine is found in most nuts and chocolate, so I tend to avoid those foods if I have a bit event coming up.

    Over Christmas I ran out of my lysine and of course got a massive cold sore. Now I'm back on a daily dose with no issues.

    It might not work for everyone, but it's worth a try if you get them once a month or more.

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    I hope it works for everyone like it does for me! If I start using it the second I feel that "tingle" sometimes it doesn't even happen...or, if it does, it's not very noticable and doesn't last long.

    Not sure what your husband doesn't like about Abreva (aside from it not doing anything), but be warned that the Tea Tree Oil burns some and smells bad, even the diluted stuff.
     
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    Ugh. I totally feel your pain. While I don't have any tips for covering it up or making it heal faster, I'd recommend taking 500 mg of Lysine a day. Or find a multi-vitamin that has the amino acid lysine in it. There are studies that have shown that lysine inhibits herpes activity and arginine aggrivates it. Arginine is found in most nuts and chocolate, so I tend to avoid those foods if I have a bit event coming up.

    Over Christmas I ran out of my lysine and of course got a massive cold sore. Now I'm back on a daily dose with no issues.

    It might not work for everyone, but it's worth a try if you get them once a month or more.

     
  11. You have chosen to ignore posts from pinkkittie18. Show pinkkittie18's posts

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    Okay Ladies, I need your down-home New England wisdom for my embarassing situation.
    What's a good home remedy for a cold sore?
    Without fail they seem to pop up the day before I host a large event (but thankfully not at my wedding)
    I've tried most of the drugstore treatments, but I'm hoping you have some good alternatives.

    I usually opt for covering them up with a three step application of lip pencil, lipstick and then gloss.
     
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    Try shopping for it at Target. I have seen it there for $18.99.

    It does take some time, maybe 2 - 3 days (depending on how bad it is). In my opinion, it's worth the money to save any embarrassment.

     
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    Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic I've used for cold sores that does better than anything I've used OTC. However, full strength is too strong for lips. I found a diluted version of it at Whole Foods. Desert Essence makes it. I hold a Q-tip to it for a few seconds and let it soak in (the burn goes away, don't worry). Then, I put all my mental effort in leaving it alone. No stretching my mouth, touching it with my tongue, finger, whatever. Leave it. I put the oil on morning and night. It stinks to high heavens, but I believe it works for me.
     
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    In the past I've used Abreva though I haven't had great results. This year while I had the flu and a nasty cold sore I used a tube of L-lysine and it worked great! it's a small tube, but bigger than Abreva and only $8. They also come in tablet form but i have not tried those.

    I definitely want to try the diluted tea tree oil trick. Shaw's carries the Desert Essence brand and the Body Shop sells a variety of Tea Tree products, including the pure oil.
     
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    I'll have to try the diluted Tea Tree Oil. My husband gets them with stress, too (although I am sure he would be most embarrassed to know I ever mentioned it). Usually uses the Abreva, but it takes several days and he hates it.
     
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    I'd be too afraid that veg oil would lead to big pimples on my chin. And at least the bottled diluted TTO can double as a cut cleaner.

    [Quote]Sure! If you can't find it (one bottle lasts so long I haven't bought it for a long time), I suppose you could cut the strong stuff with vegetable oil or something, too.[/Quote]
     
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    Depending on where you buy it, it can be expensive. But, I have never seen it costing more than $19.99 for the tiny tube. Yes, it is a lot of money, but you don't need that much, and only apply it twice per day.

    My nerves get shot from time to time, so I do wake up with a cold sore every now and again. I have found that Abreva is the best remedy for it.

     
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    If I'm stuck with nothing on hand (I usually use a perscription, and/or Abreva) I use toothpaste!
     
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    I know this does not answer your question about "home remedies," but my mom and brother get coldsores and they both use a prescription for them. Have you ever been subscribed something stronger? If you do not want to go that route, I understand! Just wondering.
     
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    Sunshine- I love Lush! I frequent the one on Newbury St. I don't know about putting a toner on my lips, it might leave them dry and crackly. I know TTO is an essential oil so it won't make me break out.

    Pingo- I've tried baking soda before, it does help with the redness, not so much for the pain. My memere used to put it on our mosquito bites when we were kids and it makes those go away so quick.

    ETA: I'm trying the Dessert Essence Tea Tree Oil. Hasn't gotten any smaller yet, but I'll keep you posted. Thanks!
     
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    Have you tried using Abreva? It is over the counter.
     
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    The TTO has completely dried up the cold sore. It will most likely heal up completely in a day or two. Thanks Kar!

     
  23. You have chosen to ignore posts from pinkkittie18. Show pinkkittie18's posts

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    My mom has, and she says it's not worth the $30 you have to pay for that tiny little tube. If it made them go away overnight, I might consider it. She said it only worked faster than the other treatments when she'd apply it right before she knew she was getting one. But, I never get the warning tingle, I just wake up and there it is.
    Have you tried it? Do you find it works faster?

    [Quote]Have you tried using Abreva? It is over the counter.[/Quote]
     

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