No such thing as a cold sore treatment!

If you are one of the tens of millions of Americans suffering from Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (aka "cold sores" or "fever blisters"), these products are really just a total waste of money. People with cold sores will understandably try just about anything to get rid of them. However, products with the following ingredients:
benzocaine, lidocaine, benzyl alcohol, menthol, camphor, phenol
are only designed to numb the pain associated with them (and to different degrees of effectiveness). Don't think for even one second that these so-called treatments will help treat, cure, or speed up the healing process. I say skip them altogether!

Why do companies lie to us?

So what's a cold-sore sufferer to do?

The only product on the market with "FDA approval" to speed healing is Abreva which uses docosonal, a fatty alcohol thought to inhibit the attachment and subsequent fusing of the viral envelope with human cells. Guess what though? It only speeds up healing by a lousy 1 day, pretty pathetic for an outbreak that takes weeks to heal! Oh yeah, the product used to claim it cuts cold sore healing time by 50%! And after a lawsuit, this claim has been dropped.

It's just not cool. And I have a bit of a surprise for you, my wonderful readers. Coming soon, I will blow Abreva out of the water. I'll tell you how to FOR REAL speed up cold sore healing by up to 50%, if not prevent cold sores from popping out altogether!! And, no, I'm not selling anything!


Anonymous said...

Dr. David, are all cold sores herpies?
I thankfully do not have them but I know someone who gets them about once every 4 months.

DR. DAVID M.D. said...

Hey there "tink",
There maybe other microbes, namely viruses, that can possibly cause a similar "cold sore"-looking outbreak.

But overwhelmingly, yes, they are herpes. And technically, what have come to term "cold sores" are by definition those caused by the herpes virus.

***this post is for informative purposes only and should not be used to diagnose, prevent, treat, of cure any disease. This site or the information within it should not replace the insight/consultation with you healthcare provider.

Anonymous said...

I'll be looking for your "speed up cold sore healing" on pins & needles!
Does just drying it out help? For me, sun exposure makes things worse.
What about L-Lysine supplements?

Many thanks for all your tips,

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Thank you

Elizabeth Sanchez