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Cold Sore Home Remedies

When a cold sore pops up we immediately head down to the pharmacy to buy some over the counter (OTC) cold sore medicine. Although many OTC cold sore medications can be effective, there are also numerous cold sore home remedies that manage to work very well to clear up a cold sore outbreak.

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Here are a few of the popular cold sore home remedies you can use when you or a family member gets a cold sore.  These are treatments that have been proven to work for a lot of people and are considered safe. There are a lot of other cold sore home remedies that people use, but in reality they are not as safe as they may appear. Try one of these remedies here, and if that does not work for you then head to the pharmacy to pick up an inexpensive over the counter drug designed specifically to help you combat your cold sore outbreaks. 

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Applying cold ice directly to the outbreak helps to keep the cold sore blisters from spreading further. In addition to keeping the sores from spreading, a simply ice treatment is very effective at easing any pain that is caused by the cold sore outbreak.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

Mix some hydrogen peroxide and baking soda together into a thick paste. Apply it directly to the cold sores on your lips and let it sit there for about 20-30 minutes. Make sure that you rinse off the paste completely after the treatment is done. This is one of the most popular cold sore home remedies to help keep your outbreak under control and to allow the sores to dissipate faster. You need to be extremely careful that you do not ingest any of the hydrogen peroxide. Taking any hydrogen peroxide into your body can make you extremely sick and, in rare cases, even lethal.

As popular as cold sore home remedies are, it is much more feasible to simply head out to the pharmacy and buy an OTC remedy to treat yours. Cold sore medications such as Orajel are inexpensive and very effective. Orajel will help speed up the healing, protect the sores from spreading further, and will also help ease the pain associated with a cold sore outbreak.

Orajel and similar products are remedies that are cheap, easy, and much more efficient in the treating of cold sores when compared to natural remedies such as applying ice and the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture.

The Virus that Causes Cold SoresCredit: By CDC/ Dr. Fred Murphy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It is often cheaper, safer, easier, and more effective to simply buy one of the many cold sore home remedies that are for sale at your local pharmacy. Home remedies such as the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture can work very well, but if you swallow some of the hydrogen peroxide it can be very dangerous. Save money and make your cold sores go away faster by using one of the many home remedies that are available to buy.