Cold Sores Treatment


There are hundreds of cold sores treatment products on the market and it can be daunting to know which remedies work to treat them. Cold sores are incredibly common, in fact, according to the Herpes Viruses Association seven out of 10 people in the UK carry the virus, but only one in three show symptoms.

What is a cold sore?

Cold sores are a condition caused by the infection of the herpes simplex virus. As mentioned above, nearly all of us have this virus in our bodies and it normally remains dormant where it resides in the sensory nerve cells near the site of infection.

How can you prevent and treat cold sores?

The best way to both prevent and treat a cold sore is to take L-Lysine, take one tablet twice daily on an empty stomach. Numerous studies indicate that lysine supplementation can help to speed the recovery from, and prevent recurrences of cold sores. Lysine itself has anti-viral properties but additionally it blocks the uptake of arginine, an amino acid that promotes viral growth.

Do cold sore creams work?

Creams are very popular for cold sores treatment. Lemon Balm Cream is a soothing cold sores treatment cream. The tannins in lemon balm have potent anti-viral and anti-microbial properties whilst terpenes in lemon balm numb the painful tissue and provide soothing properties. Simply dab the cream at the first sign of any tingling and reapply every three or four hours making sure that you wash your hands thoroughly between applications.

Why is boosting your immune system important?

If you experience abnormally regular cold sores then this is often indicative of nutritional deficiencies or a weakened immune system. A stronger immune system is more effective at battling against the virus replicating and may help to put it back into a dormant state. To support the immune system, I would recommend the use of Daily Immunity, a comprehensive blend of nutrients, probiotics and herbs that all play a varying role in strengthening our immune system.

L-Lysine by Lamberts £9.50 for 120 Tablets; Lemon Balm Cream £9.00 for 60 ml; Daily Immunity £26 for 60 Capsules


This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

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  • Lynn Macfadyen

    I had shingles in January, and since then have had a cold sore outbreak 3 times and a herpetic eye ulcer in August which I’m still treating . Can you recommend what I can take to reduce the outbreaks and boost my immune system please?
    Also I take flaxseeds and chia seeds with my porridge in the morning and read somewhere that it’s not good to take linseeds if you have the herpes virus, can you advice please?

  • Victoria Health

    Hi Lynn, the herpes virus lives at nerve endings and is very difficult to eradicate. There are however numerous studies which indicate that taking L-Lysine 500mg on a daily basis will prevent recurrences and support the immune system. Flaxseed oil is rich in arginine which blocks the effectiveness of lysine however taking a handful of flax seeds in porridge is deemed to be perfectly fine. Shabir