Preparation H for cold sores – Wrong hole?

Ok ok, try not to laugh. But it turns out some people use Preparation H hemorrhoid cream for treating cold sores. No joke. Now being the immature man(ish)-child that I am, my first reaction was to point out the obvious: “wrong hole buddy”. Because, you know, butt cream. However, I have

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Why you keep getting cold sores every month

Ever noticed that while you get big, nasty cold sores every month, some people only get one or two tiny outbreaks a year? What gives? I mean, both are stuck with the herpes virus for life. Why are the symptoms so unfairly doled out? Because life ain’t fair. But seriously,

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3 ways to prevent a cold sore when you feel it coming

You know the feeling. That moment when you realize a cold sore is coming. You’re heart sinks. That damn tingling feeling again. Back (yet again) to make your life as miserable as possible. But hey, all is not necessarily lost. Because there are a few things that you can do

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Does lysine really help stop cold sores?

Odds are if you’ve been looking for a way to stop those icky cold sores from coming back all the time, you’ve heard of lysine. They say it’s the yang to arginine’s yin. Some people swear it’s the best thing since orange soda, some think it’s a huge waste of

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Does green tea help with cold sores?

It’s the afternoon beverage of choice of your grandma. It’s widely consumed across many parts of Asia. It’s called green tea. And you may have heard reports of green tea being effective against cold sores. But is it really? I mean, there are sooo much BS about “eat this” or

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The worst cold sore I ever had

Have I ever told you about the worst cold sore I’ve ever had? I mean I’ve had some pretty nasty outbreaks in my time, but this one takes the cake. Yes, even worse than the hitler one… See, what made this outbreak so particularly nasty is that it was by

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Tea tree oil for cold sores – Does it work?

Ahhh tea tree oil. The gold standard of cold sore treatments for hippies. And while I love me some hippie teasing, I can’t just categorically state that tea tree oil doesn’t work because tree huggers love it (tea tree huggers?). So as I so often do, I looked a bit

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Is using ice on a cold sore a good idea?

It’s cold. Cold as balls. In fact, hold ice over your skin for more than a couple of minutes and it’ll probably start hurting before the numbness takes over. So then, why is ice such a go to remedy for some people when it comes to dealing with cold sores?

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The chocolate cold sore myth

If you listen to many people’s advice online about chocolate, they recommend that you avoid it like the plague because it is sure to trigger cold sores. Now because I’m kind of a pig when it comes to tasty foods, I didn’t like the idea of giving up chocolate. In

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How long does it take for a cold sore scab to heal?

The scab. It’s the part of a cold sore where you are just finding your way out of the woods. Like at the end of a Friday the 13th movie. Jason has been defeated and you’re making your way out, knowing full well that it’s not quite over. It’s never

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