Cold Sores – Treatment & Remedies

There are several cold sores treatments which have been suggested for those suffering from the malady. And there are several methods and products you can try. But because everyone is unique, some treatments might be effective on one person, but not work on another (or not work as well). Sometimes you need to test or combine two methods, in order to discover which cold sores treatments work for you.

It also helps to know what triggered the cold sores in the first place. This can help you decide on which of the different cold sores treatments to try first. The triggers of cold sores can vary, from sunburn, to flu, to fever. The treatments can be more easily determined when you know how the cold sores started.


Lysine is an amino acid. Some recommend lysine for those with cold sores (about 5,000 milligrams per dose, in supplement form, when the outbreak begins). Some people who take 500 milligrams of Lysine daily, to prevent themselves from getting cold sores. But it is also said that this is not advisable, as the body might get used to it in the system, so that it would not work as well during an outbreak.


Another supplement used as a treatment for cold sores is Zinc (a mineral which is commonly taken as a supplement). There are two ways to use zinc. You can either apply it on the cold sores externally, or take it internally. Most people usually do both, to achieve a faster healing period.


Calcium, also a mineral, can also be used as a treatment for cold sores. Calcium is used by the body to keep the system alkaline (not too acidic). The majority of people suffering from cold sores are said to have too much acid in their systems. Calcium can neutralize this acid, and might also stop the outbreak.


Some people rely on old-fashioned cold treatment for cold sores. This is another type of treatment readily available at home. All you need to do is apply ice to the target area, when you feel a cold sore coming. This should be done before the cold sore “blossoms.” It can reduce the swelling and give some relief. But, once the cold sores are out, discontinue applying the ice – it tends to slow down the healing process.


You can also use frozen iced tea bags instead of ice. Once the cold sores burst, you can apply warm tea bags to them. They may be applied for 15 minutes per session. The heat from the tea bags can make the healing go faster. Further, the nutrients in the tea hamper the virus’ activity from progressing.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. Nothing in this article or on this website constitutes medical advice – please consult your doctor if you are ill.

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5 Responses to “Cold Sores – Treatment & Remedies”

  1. Monica Flora butter May 7, 2009 at 2:47 am #

    Cold sores are a real problem to many people. I am sure that many of us have devised our own personal way to deal with them. Some say aftershave others say toothpaste, I have even had tips sent to the site that recommend using ear wax and even urine. Well I have listed below some of the more regular traditional remedies such as Asprin and Peroxide , Bleach , Apply ear wax to the cold sore..It goes on and on.
    Thanks Anna.

    • Anna August 25, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

      @Monica – Thanks for your feedback! Hydrogen Peroxide is a very safe and natural route, especially if it is Food Grade. Aspirin is a drug which I would never recommend unless it were for severe pain. Ear wax? Wow, never heard of that one! And bleach … I am not sure about that but would be interesting to research. I wonder if swimming in chlorinated swimming pools has a similar effect?

  2. Cold Sore Freedom May 23, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    My wife has had cold sores for years, and they were very difficult to deal with. She even tried things that would dry up her current outbreak quickly, but would cause another outbreak to happen right next to the one that was still healing. Ouch. Still, she found what works, so I can say that there is relief out there.

    Cold Sore Freedoms last blog post..Natural Remedies For Herpies

    • Anna May 26, 2009 at 10:27 am #

      @ Cold Sore Freedom – Thats great to know that she found something workable after all that!

    • Anna August 25, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

      @Cold Sore Freedom – What was the solution she found?

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