Cold Sore Home Remedies – How to get rid of a Cold Sore

These remedies are intended for alternative prevention and/or treatment.  The information on this page should not be used in place of the advice of your physician.  I am not a doctor and this information should be used at your own risk and cannot substitute for professional advice.  Make sure to consult a doctor before using any advice listed here.  Please be advised that not all natural remedies/treatments work for everyone.

 L-lysine
Take up 4,000mg of L-lysine during the tingling stage and continue to take daily until cold sore is gone.  Many believe that this will shorten the healing time by several days.  Another alternative is to crush up a lysine pill, mix with water, and apply to cold sore.

Ice
This is especially good to do at the onset of a cold sore. Apply ice every ten minutes for an hour. This process may prevent the movement of the virus from the nerve to the skin.

Fingernail polish remover
Apply nail polish remover with a q-tip several times a day to dry out a cold sore.

Rubbing Alcohol
Apply rubbing alcohol with a q-tip several times a day to dry out a cold sore.

Ear wax
It might sound gross, but many claim that applying ear wax to a cold sore works wonders.

Tea Bag
Place a damp tea bag on the cold sore for five minutes or so a couple times a day until the cold sore scabs over and clears up.

Listerine
Apply Listerine with a qtip or cotton ball to dry out a cold sore.

Instant coffee
Make a paste from “instant” coffee and water and apply to cold sore.

Witch hazel
Apply with a q-tip several times a day.