That headline is misleading. There is no real cure for cold sores. I have discovered a method of making them go away quickly, however. If you’re like me and get ones that stick around for what seems like weeks, anything that can cut down the suffering time is welcome.
- As soon as you feel the little bump…hell, even before then when you feel that tingle, grab a bag of Earl Grey tea. Heat up some water (I usually just pour some in a coffee cup and microwave it for 2,3 minutes)
- Place the bag of tea in the warm water for about 30 seconds or so, or long enough to make the water turn brown but not dark brown.
- Pull the bag out, and place it on your cold sore for 20 minutes. Yes, teabag yourself.
- After teabagging yourself, keep Abreva on your lip round the clock.
- If you talk to your doctor, you can also throw in a prescription for Denavir, or Acyclovir, a generic of Denavir. Pump in about five of these a day.
Do all of the above, and it should be gone in a week or so. Put the tea bag on every couple hours or so, and you should be ready for kissin’ in a few days.
The tea bag trick won’t get rid of a fever blister. In fact, it’ll still probably swell out a bit before bursting and turning into a sore. The tannic acid in the tea basically neuters the sore, and assaulting it with Abreva and Acyclovir will shorten the sore’s lifespan.
Got another suggestion or have questions? Toss em in the comments.
(I know I’m a social media/PR guy, and this blog is supposed to be mostly that stuff, but some things are just worth sharing with the universe. Like things that make herpes more bearable.)