Ailment: Herpes simplex
Remedy: Cold pack
Comment posted by Brissie gal of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 8 November 2012 at 15:37 808
You have to start applying the ice (I use ice-cubes in freezer bags, to stop them dripping as them melt) to the emerging cold sore as soon as it begins, i.e. as soon as you feel that ominous swelling start. (I'm talking about cold sores on the lip, as this is the only sort I've had.) This requires true dedication and time, as it means going thru several trays of ice-cubes (and wearing oven mitts in cold weather to stop my hands freezing). But it works. First, it stops the cold sore from developing further. Then it starts reversing it until it disappears (i.e. without blistering, bursting and then taking a full fortnight to heal). It works but you need to be able to stay home to do it.
Remedy (new) posted by TMagnus of Brisbane, QLD, Australia on 26 April 2010 at 23:59 108
As soon as you notice any tingling, press a small ice pack onto the area for about 5-10 minutes each hour. This will minimise the affect of the outbreak and help it resolve in half the time.