Read this somewhat disturbing reply to someone asking about the best cold sore treatments to use:
“Some people do use hydrochloric acid and swear by it. I personally wouldn’t.”
Look, I understand the desperation you feel when you have a big, nasty cold sore and you’d try just about ANYTHING to get rid of it quickly.
But hydrochloric acid (HCl)?
That’s just asking for trouble.
Of course, acid will kill the herpes virus, no question about that.
After all, acid is what the infamous Heisenberg (i.e. Walter White) used to dispose of entire bodies in Breaking Bad (he used hydrofluoric acid of course, which is different, but still).
HCl will kill your cold sore (well, dissolve more like). But it’s gonna kill everything else it touches.
Including the skin cells the HCl comes into contact with, whether it’s infected or not.
And if if you’re afraid of cold sores leaving scars, well…
Acid will scar 10 times worse, which you’re probably going to be stuck with forever.
Heck, I remember a story in the news here from a few years back where a jealous boyfriend took revenge on his ex-girlfriend by flinging acid in her face. Poor girl’s now disfigured for life.
So acid on a cold sore = stupid, stupid, stupid idea.
It’s like using a nuclear bomb to get rid of a bed bug infestation.
Oh, it’s gonna work… but it’s overkill to the point of absurdity.
Now, a part of me can’t help but think the person who wrote this comment confused hydrochloric acid with hyaluronic acid.
Because hyaluronic acid is a compound often used in skin creams that has proven skin healing properties.
Now, as far as I can tell, it won’t help kill off the herpes virus during the early stages or the peak of an outbreak.
But, if you use it from the scabbing stage onwards, it can potentially speed up the skin healing process and even minimize the risk of scarring.
There’s a free tip for ya.
Just, please don’t confuse your acids.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for tried and true methods for getting rid of existing cold sores quickly, you need to learn to attack the herpes virus from multiple angles at once.
See, most cold sore treatments only fight cold sores from one single angle. But this is like trying to keep a horny teenager in their room by locking the door, but leaving the window wide open.
Instead, when you block the herpes virus from multiple angles at once, you limit its ability to progress and spread. This keeps your cold sore much SMALLER and allows you to kill it much FASTER.
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