Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How To Get Rid Of Cold Sores Quickly

It's just the worst. Maybe it's picture day at school, maybe you have an important business meeting, or maybe you have a job interview... and you wake up with a cold sore. Yep, all those things have happened to me. I've been getting cold sores, also known as fever blisters, since I was in the 5th grade and while I realize I'm being slightly melodramatic, they are the WORST!

No, this is not a glamorous topic to blog about, but I really wish someone had shared this information with me a long time ago. I've tried just about every over-the-counter drug and home remedy out there and nothing worked for me... until a couple years ago. Oh what a glorious day. My sister-in-law told me she takes something called Lysine and hadn't gotten a fever blister in several years.

The next time I got that awful tingly feeling in my lip, I ran to the drugstore and picked up a bottle of Lysine (found in the Vitamin and Herbal Supplement aisle). I was shocked and so relieved by the results. Did it magically make my cold sore disappear? No. But it did drastically speed up the healing process. I am by no means a doctor nor do I know much about who should or shouldn't be taking Lysine. What I do know is Lysine is the only thing that has worked to heal my fever blisters quickly. 

The recommended dosage is 1000 mg per day if you're taking the supplement over a long period of time. While that would probably prevent the recurrence of fever blisters, I don't have the discipline to take it everyday. As soon as I start feeling one coming up, I take three (yes, three) 1000 mg pills with each of my meals. While 9000 mg a day may seem a bit over the top, the research I found confirmed that it was completely safe in order to treat the herpes virus.

I also found this Lysine balm to treat on contact in addition to the supplement. While I haven't noticed much of a difference by applying this, it does help sooth the irritation, and you can apply it liberally as needed.

When I used to get cold sores, the total time it lasted was nearly two weeks, from the first tingly feeling to no signs of a scab. Two weeks ago, I got my first fever blister in two years, and it lasted only 5 days. On the 6th day, there was no sign of a scab or anything.

I would recommend checking with your doctor before consuming a large amount of Lysine, but this is the only thing that has worked for me. I hope it works for you, too!


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