By: Joe Graedon December 30, 2021 12 Comments
    Treating Cold Sores with Home Remedies or Sitavi…

    If you sometimes suffer from cold sores, you have a lot of company. Some experts estimate that more than half of adult Americans carry the herpes virus that causes these lesions. Decades ago, doctors …

    By: Terry Graedon December 13, 2021 39 Comments
    What to Do About Cold Sores

    When the sniffle season arrives, many people suffer from cold sores as well. Cold sores, fever blisters or the more technical herpes labialis--regardless of the terminology, these red painful spots ar…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 17 Comments
    Is Vanilla a Helpful Remedy for Cold Sores?

    Do you sometimes suffer from cold sores? If you do, you may have developed your own favorite collection of remedies. Some people like to use medications at the first sensation of tingling, while other…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2018 0 Comments
    How Aysa, an AI App, Helped a Mother with her Ch…

    Nicole Pharr is used to keeping a close eye on her daughter Madison’s skin. Madison is prone to eczema and has had highly sensitive skin since she was a baby. Still, Nicole was concerned after her d…

    By: Joe Graedon September 12, 2016 15 Comments
    Valtrex (Valacyclovir) Vanquished 30 Years of Co…

    Many people report that L-lysine, an amino acid, works quite well at preventing or shortening a cold sore outbreak. Not everyone has success with this approach, however. Sometimes a prescription drug …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2016 45 Comments
    L-Lysine Remedy for Cold Sores Scorned By Scient…

    Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, can be unsightly and uncomfortable. There are prescription antivirals like acyclovir or valacyclovir that may help speed healing. Many of our readers also rep…

    By: Terry Graedon December 23, 2013 3 Comments
    Drug for Herpes Wards Off Cold Sores (and Colds?…

    Q. My wife and I have each taken an acyclovir pill a day for 18 years. During that entire time, neither of us has had a fever blister, cold, flu, shingles or virus of any kind. We do not get flu shots…

    By: Joe Graedon March 8, 2004 4 Comments
    Fighting Fever Blisters With and Without Drugs

    Cold sores are common. By some estimates more than two-thirds of adults have been infected by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), the culprit behind cold sores. People frequently catch this infection…