Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Simple Survival Tips - DIY Cold Sore Treatment

Cold sores are small, painful, fluid-filled blisters or sores that appear on the lips, mouth, or nose that are caused by a virus. These sores can be very painful and usually last several days to as long as a week. Unlike most viral infections, the cold sore virus is not always completely eliminated by the body’s normal defenses. For this reason, many cold sores often recur on a continuing basis and can be extremely difficult to treat.

Cold sores heal faster and cause less pain when they are treated topically with Pepto-Bismol or any type of antacid containing bismuth. To treat a cold sore is a very simple procedure. Once every four hours, use a cotton ball or swab to dab some liquid onto the cold sore. You can also purchase and use the OTC (Over-The-Counter) amino acid supplement lysine to treat a cold sore. The prescription ointment acyclovir known as Zovirax is another common form of treatment.

Source: M. Lozano, MD – Fresno, CA.

Staying above the water line!



Mayberry said...

Into the Survival Bible that one goes!

Windjammer said...

Another in a long line of good tips. Keep up the great work, RiverWalker!

riverwalker said...

To: Mayberry

Could come in handy later! Thanks.


riverwalker said...

To: Windjammer

A friend of mine remebers when their grandmother would coat their lips with milk of magnesia to stop chapped lips and cold sores. Thanks.


Anonymous said...

I've had better luck with Betadine (provodone iodine) solution. Betadine is anti-viral (as well as anti-bacterial and anti-fungal). The formulation dries herpes lesions up fairly fast. Apply several times/day with Q-tip.

riverwalker said...

To: anomymous

Great tip about the iodine solution! Just can't use it in the Riverwalker household as Mrs. RW has severe allergic reactions to iodine for some reason. To be safe, we don't keep any around.


Grumpyunk said...

Great tip, RW. My wife routinely gets those darn things.

riverwalker said...

To: Grumpyunk

They can be a real PITA. Sometimes you hate to spend a lot of money on fancy Rx drugs that sometimes don't work any better.


how to get rid of a cold sore said...

I am using this amino acid supplement lysine on my child's sores and it works. But there are also worst sores which couldn’t be healing easily and that acquire a prescription of the doctor. Sores are not a serious disease but ones taken for granted will lead worst wound.

Amanda Nelson said...

I am looking for cold sores treatment. Where can I buy OTC (Over-The-Counter) amino acid supplement?

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