Ice cubes relieve symptoms such as itching, burning, tingling and pain, and are often used by those looking to treat cold sores naturally. Cooling can also reduce redness and swelling. If you choose to follow this method, place a cloth between the ice and the skin and only cool at short intervals so that your skin does not freeze directly.
The honey component propolis has been proven to have antimicrobial properties – but only with special extracts. However, the usual household breakfast honey varies greatly in its quality and composition and is therefore not suitable as a home remedy for cold sores.
You also hear all sorts of things about the exotic Manuka honey, which contains the ingredient methylglyoxal, which is said to have all sorts of useful properties, such as antiviral effects. However, the evidence is far from conclusive enough for treatment. And here, too, there are different grades, depending on the methylglyoxal content.
Therefore, it is better to continue to enjoy honey only on breakfast bread, and instead use a Compeed® cold sore patch cover. These patches cover the affected area discreetly and hygienically and enable healing to be carried out just as quickly as antiviral creams.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is said to be effective against all kinds of microbes. However, tea tree oil is harmful to the mucous membranes, and must be diluted to a 1% solution before use and contains toxic oxidation products if stored incorrectly. Our recommendation is to avoid using it for the treatment of cold sores.
Treating herpes with toothpaste is not a good idea. It often contains irritating substances like menthol, which can even further irritate your damaged skin and interfere with wound healing.