Cold Sore Survival Guide

vanilla-1538552-640x480Cold sores are extremely common and generally are signs of the infection of HSV1 virus, or herpes. It’s so prevalent that around 60-70 percent of all American people by the age of 60 are infected.  The problem with cold sores and HSV1 is that there is no cure, only ways to subside the symptoms.   Cold sores generally are red bumps that turn into a fluid-filled blister. After a couple of days a crust forms over a blister until in turns into a scab and peels off.  Common cold sores generally appear around the mouth and last around 7-10 days. Sores like these generally go away, but that doesn’t mean that the herpes virus itself doesn’t remains. Once the virus gets into your system, it gets inside a nerve and remains in your body. This is why generally you get the same cold sore or blister in the same spot time and time again. Since there is no set cure for the herpes virus or the cold sore there are still a series of preventative steps you can take to lessen the frequency of breakouts.

  1. Vanilla.  Pure vanilla extract has been sworn by many to be a method to subside sores. You can take a cotton swab or pad and soak vanilla extract until fully saturated. Hold the cotton ball on infected area for about a minute or two.  Doing this four times a day can help alleviate the sore.

  2. Hydrogen peroxide.  This is an effective remedy on a cold sore because it disinfects and fastens the healing process of your skin.  This makes it harder for the sore to spread or get worse.  Keeping the infected area clean is probably the most proven method to get rid of cold sores and fever blisters once and for all.  Method of application involves saturating a cotton ball or pad.  Hold on area for around five minutes or so before rinsing off with cool water.

  3. Vitamin C and E.  These vitamins are known to enhance white blood cells in our body-the main defenders.  The more of these little soldiers you have in your body, the better.  By applying Vitamin E topically, you can immediately relieve the irritation and discomfort that comes with cold sores.  To get a vitamin rich diet to supply your army, aim for red and green bell peppers, kiwi, broccoli, tomatoes, red berries, nuts, leafy green vegetables, whole grains and avocados.

  4. Medicines that contain phenol and menthol.   These types of numbing agents reduce the dryness of the area and soften the scabbing skin as the sores heal.  Abreva is a good example.  This over the counter remedy can be used to help heal skin and minimize the pain from sores and blisters.  It must be used around 2-3 times a day for any useful benefits.


  • HSV1 is very contagious.  Avoid sharing drinks, toothbrushes, cosmetics and eating utensils as much as possible.  

  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching the sore and any other part of your body.

  • Take an antiviral three times a day to help sores heal up faster.  
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Christine Kinney

Christine Kinney is a mother of 3 and avid beauty and fashion blogger. She has been a cosmetologist for over 5 years and loves healthy skin. Currently she's a stay at home mom but carries her years of experience with her and gives it away online.

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