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I'm reviving this post from the dead because I've been experimenting with different actives to find a good topical treatment for cold sores.  Of course the best thing is to try to figure out what triggers them. Get lots of rest and keep yourself hydrated, consult your physician yadda, yadda.  Cold sores appear on the outside of the mouth.   Canker sores appear inside the mouth and I don't recommend anything for canker sores other than rinsing with salt water.  


**Remember that you can spread the virus around so it's very important to keep everything as clean as possible and wash your hands every time you touch your cold sore, which you shouldn't be doing unless you're treating it** 

Once I know I've got one popping up I ice it as often as possible to help with pain and swelling and keep it clean (I use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide) then use a bit of peppermint essential oil.   Yes, it does sometimes sting but you can dilute it if you want to.   I've whipped up a recipe using sea kelp coral, white licorice extract, aloe extract, astragalus extract  and pomegranate seed oil-mix well and store in the fridge.  I apply this many times a day as needed directly on the blister/sore.  Over that I apply a layer of pomegranate seed oil on my lips and then dab a bit of powdered white licorice extract directly on top of the sore only. The white licorice extract packed on your lip is somewhat visible but it has the added benefit of visually reducing the redness of the cold sore.  Using the balm that I've made I've cut healing time from 10-14 days down to 5-6 days and I can lessen the outbreak drastically.  

There are two thoughts on healing, moist-vs-dry.  I prefer to keep my lips as moisturized as possible so I use some Aquaphor on top of everything all the time and some people use lemon balm salve.   I toss my toothbrush at the first sign of the cold sore and then also toss it once the current one is healed, just to be safe.

Again, you should always consult your physician. There are prescription drugs you can also use but I find my method of treating them works just about as fast as the anti-viral meds that are commonly used.  These meds are great when needed but do come with some serious side effects at times so I wanted to use them as little as possible.

Hope that helps!


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Our ZITender contains anti-viral actives and can be very effective.

I prefer that we avoid nutritional advice in our forum.

Lips that are well cared for with our Lip trio will be better prepared to fight infection.
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I'll edit out food trigger info.  Hannah, what anti-viral actives are in the ZITender that would be beneficial?  It's been a struggle to find something that works but doesn't dry out my lips even further. Also making sure that it's all stuff that can be safely used on your mouth/lip area.  I use the lip trio but sometimes you just can't prevent a cold sore from showing up, unfortunately.  Wish I could figure out prevention....I'd make a million!
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It will take me a while to collect the information (what I have is a bit out of date). Back later!
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Thanks Hannah, I really appreciate it!
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Really interested in this..... I get terrible cold sores......

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I have to go now but, in the meantime, some pearls of wisdom:

Avoid UV, use sunblock (has to do with "dead" virus" regaining infectivity).

So far, antiherpes activity for EGCG, oeluropein and sea kelp polysaccharides.

"Reactivation stimuli include exposure to ultraviolet light, fever, psychological stress and menstruation."

"Talk" to you later.
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Thanks Hannah!  Does SA happen to sell a lip product with SPF in it?  Also, I wanted to let you know that I took your advice and added some Liquid Crystal to my recipe and it's awesome!   I also replaced the Aquaphor with just straight Liquid Crystal and it's lovely.  Thanks for the suggestion!   I think I'm narrowing down my perfect cold sore healing recipe.  lol
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No, we don't have lip balm with SPF, but there are lots in the market.
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Yeah, it's just SA's is the best.   ;-)
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