In the great pantheon of stupid cold sore cures, one stands tall right near the top with the dumbest of the dumb.
Right next to it, you’ve got the infamous hydrogen peroxide.
And while I’m not sure this one is quite as dumb (it doesn’t have the danger factor that drinking H2O2 has), it pretty damn close.
But in terms of grossness, it wins the race by a mile.
That cure, ladies and gentlemen, is earwax.
Now apparently, this idea stems from a Russian study published in the mid-nineties that found that cerumen (a ten dollar word for earwax) has some antiherpetic properties.
You know what else has antiherpetic properties? Pretty much any cold sore cream you can buy at the drug store.
And to top that off, the best creams you can buy are backed by many scientific studies and clinical trials instead of a single study from Russia.
And as the saying goes (with a thick Russian accent), “in Soviet Russia, ear wax cleans YOU!”
But lets argue for a second that earwax is in fact, a potent treatment for cold sores.
What are you going to do? Stop cleaning your ears so that you always have a reserve on hand for when a cold sore does decide to pop up?
Or maybe you’ll continue cleaning your ears but keep the earwax and put it in little container so you can use it later?
BUT BUT BUT it’s free, right!?
Yeah, I guess it is.
Maybe it’s just me, but living with the stigma of cold sores if enough, I don’t want to add a reputation for having poor hygiene on top of that.
If you haven’t cleaned your ears this morning, please do so.
There are much better ways for dealing with cold sores.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go clean out my cerumen.
Chris “the Cold Sore Killer” Mueller