Cold sores are very unsightly and embarrassing. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I get one or two cold sores a year due to stress, unfortunately. They are painful and sometimes take a decent amount of time to fully heal. I’ve tried my fair share of at-home remedies and there are some that work way better than others. Here are three at-home remedies to speed up the healing process of your cold sore.
1. Garlic. I know this may seem totally random, but fresh garlic is great for cold sores. Garlic is a natural antimicrobial, which means it kills microorganisms. It will help reduce swelling and prevent it from spreading. Take a garlic clove and cut it in half. Place the cut half on your cold sore and hold it there until it stops stinging. Just a warning, this method really does sting, but it works! You can also buy garlic paste and apply that directly to your cold sore using a cotton swab.
2. Ice cubes. This one is a classic remedy for getting rid of cold sores. At the first sign of a cold sore (or even if you’re well into one) apply an ice cube directly to the blister. Let it melt down completely and repeat the process every 10 or 15 minutes, or roughly every hour, depending on how bad your cold sore is. The ice will reduce redness and swelling, plus it will help ease the pain.
3. L-lysine. This is a super effective at-home treatment and a lot of people even use L-lysine (simply referred to as lysine) as a preventative treatment. Lysine is an amino acid found in foods like milk, meat, yogurt, beans, and cheese, among a few others. The body cannot produce lysine, so it’s essential your body receives it through diet or supplements. You can either take lysine pills or use a lysine lip balm/cream. I like the Quantum Health Lip Clear Lysine + treatment because it works and it’s affordable.