I have always been a big fan of Grapefruit Seed Extract. It is a broad spectrum anti-microbal, anti-viral and anti-fungi. I have personally used or recommended it to others many times topically adn internally and seen results.
I had to have an office procedure thsi week that caused some trauma to my lip area. The technician told me if I ever had a cold sore I could expect one to pop out. She said that the virus lies dorman where it is and becomes activated in the presence of trauma. I hate cold sores because they hurt badly and take forever to heal. I was not happy to hear this.
Less than 2 days after the procedure, three, yes three, cold sores appeared on the right side of my mouth. I did not want to take or apply that Rx stuff so I read that resveratrol cream performs as well as the Rx lip creme. I could not find that locally. I looked online to see what GSE might do to cold sores. I read that I could dilute a few drops into a tablespoon of oive oil and apply it to my lips. Well, I started taking 15 drop internally 2 times daily and put a single drop directly on each of the three sores 3 times beginning mid-yesterday. Rather than continuing to multiply (cold sores usually run 7 – 10 days and multiply through the midpoint) my cold sore has already reduced by about 40% in one day. I am amazed. Anyway, the Rx creme is suppose to cut active viral time down by half, so I seem to be ahead of that curve. Another interesting thing is that the lip tissue around the GSE was temporarily more bluish-white in color, which is exactly what lidocaine (sp) does to tissue when it is applied.
I mention this so if anyone has painful cold sores now or in the future, you might give this a try. If my cold sores continue to respond half as well as they did in the last 24 hours, I think they will be gone in another 2 days.
LATER: I discussed this with the girl in the supplement dept. of my local health store and she told me about 2 other things that work: Lysine (creme or tablets) and lemon balm creme.