Natural Home Remedies for healing Cold Sores Fast!
Immediately treating a cold sore helps to stop the virus from spreading. If you treat at the first sign of a lesion you will lessen the severity and length of time sore is visibly present. Don't squeeze or pick at a cold sore it can cause bacterial infections. Since cold sores are extremely contagious avoid kissing or sharing of beverages. Don't forget to wash your hands frequently. Use hand sanitizer when soap is not available. 

1. Vinegar 
Dip a cotton ball into white or apple cider vinegar and apply onto cold sore to ease the pain, swelling, and to dry up cold sore promoting faster healing. Repeat application several times throughout the day until completely healed. Learn more about the many uses for Vinegar!

2. Abreva 
Abreva isn't a home remedy, but I wanted to share this product with you since it worked great for me. You can find this product in drug stores and most discount department stores. It's a bit pricey but works fast if immediately applied onto affected area at the first sign of a cold sore sensation. 

3. Alum Spice
Before going to bed dampen a Q-tip with water then into a container of Alum White Powdered spice and apply directly onto the cold sore. You will feel a strong burning sensation which should subside within a minute. If burning is intolerable rinse off with cool water. Many claim this home remedy treatment shows great improvement by morning and in a day or two cold sore is gone. 

4. Lemon-Tea Compress 
Brew 2 to 4 tablespoons of herbal tea with one cup of water. Use a Q-tip or cotton ball to apply cooled tea onto the cold sore. Repeat treatment several times a day to heal cold sore fast. 


5. Baking Soda 
Mix baking soda with water and apply onto affect area with a Q-tip or cotton ball. Apply mixture several times a day. Baking soda is a powerful disinfectant that will help to destroy cold sore viruses. Remember cold sores are highly contagious so don't use your bare hands. Learn more about the many uses for Baking Soda.

6. Alcohol and Tooth Paste
Saturate a Q-tip with 70% rubbing alcohol and dab onto the cold sore. After the area is completely dry, apply a dab of white toothpaste and let sit on the affected area for 20-30 minutes. Use an ice cube to remove dried paste by sliding over the area till removed. Repeat once a day until the lesion is healed. Prevention Tip: Make sure you get a new toothbrush during treatment and after the cold sore has healed to prevent harboring contagious virus on the brush.  

7. Hand Sanitizer
Start treating a cold sore immediately by applying a dab of hand sanitizer onto affected area throughout the day to stop the virus from spreading and promote healing. Hand sanitizer is disinfectant that helps to kill the virus that causes sores and dries up the area quickly speeding healing time.   

8. Ice Cube
Rub infected area with an ice cube several times a day to promote faster healing and to reduce discomfort. Use a hand towel to hold ice cube or gloved hands to prevent spreading virus.  

9. Mint Leaves
Boil some water then add a few mint leaves and steep for 10-20 minutes. Allow mixture to cool then dab onto the infected area with the cotton ball. Repeat application several times throughout the day until healed. Store in the refrigerator between uses. 

10. Prevent Cold Sores
Apply SPF 15 sunscreen or higher on your lips to help prevent sun-induced cold sores from reoccurring. Look for sunscreens made specifically for lips. 

11. Milk
Soak a cotton ball in cold milk and apply onto sore to relieve discomfort. Apply compress immediately after you feel the tell-tale tingling and before sore appears to speed up the healing process and shorten severity. 

12. Vanilla Extract
A natural cold sore remedy many people swear by is vanilla extract. Soak a cotton ball with vanilla extract and apply onto affected area the moment you begin to feel the tingling sensation at the start of sores. Apply extract several times a day to lessen the severity. 

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