Coconut Oil on Cold Sores?

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Posted: 11/7/2012 6:51:11 PM
My DS is 5, has always gotten chapped lips in the winter, but just this week has developed a horrid cold sore- not small, it's huge and painful. We opted for the oral meds, but I've looked up the cycle of this thing and I'm trying to think of things I could apply to keep his lips from drying out, cracking and bleeding, especially at night.

I saw online that some people use honey, but that seems like it would be sticky.

Anyone out there ever dealt with this? Neither my DH or I have ever had them, so I'm not sure what they best option would be. Do you think the coconut oil will hurt/burn/sting?

Anything else you'd recommend?

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Posted: 11/7/2012 7:01:12 PM
I read last week that it's supposed to help canker sores so it's worth trying on a cold sore.


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Posted: 11/7/2012 7:31:40 PM
PLEASE be very careful about what you apply to cold sores. Are we talking the herpes type cold sores or are we talking about "canker" type sores?

I've gotten cold sores since I was a child. Over the years I've literally tried everything available OTC and every home remedy I've read about. One time, I was liberally applying Vitamin E from gel caps. And I ended up getting a massive infection from spending too much time with my fingers applying the vitamin E. This transfer oodles of germs. It was a very serious situation as it was significant infection on my face which put it in close proximity to my brain.

I've since learned to keep it simple. I call the doctor at the first tingle on my lip for a Rx for generic Valtrex. I use a product called Zilactin to treat topically the discomfort (taking extra care to do so only with VERY clean hands before and after applying). I also take ibuprofen.

Based on the success of this combination, I don't bother with anything else.



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Posted: 11/7/2012 7:37:18 PM
I've never tried that, but like any other OTC remedy, it's probably worth trying.

I've had some success with Abreva, but not what I'd call significant. I've tried pretty much everything. Luckily, I only get 1-2 cold sores per year.

WingNut, in order to avoid touching the cold sore any more than necessary, I apply any topical meds with a clean q-tip, and I do not touch the applicator portion of the container with my fingers.


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Posted: 11/7/2012 7:40:29 PM
Coconut oil has so many amazing benefits. I'd use a organic melaleuca essential oil on it as well.

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Posted: 11/7/2012 7:41:26 PM
Coconut oil has so many amazing benefits. I'd use a organic melaleuca essential oil on it as well.

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Posted: 11/7/2012 9:09:35 PM
We tried it tonight, with Q-tips. I know it can spread/be passed on, so I wasn't taking any chances. This is the herpes type cold sore.

The doctor gave us Acyclovin, but from what little I had a chance to read, we're mostly going to have to let it run it's course. I'm just trying to find a way to keep the dry, cracking lips at bay.

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Posted: 11/7/2012 9:16:41 PM
My son had dry cracking lips from taking Accutane. Our dermatologist suggested Acquaphor. It was a life saver for him. He carried tubes of it everywhere. It also comes in little pots which might be easier for q-tip application.

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I have tried coconut oil on my lips because I saw an episode of Dr. Oz where he recommended it for chapped lips. I felt it soaked in/disappeared way too quickly and it wasn't effective.



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Posted: 11/7/2012 9:21:30 PM
I get the Zovirax prescription cream. I start applying that and taking Lyseine supplements as soon as I feel the tingle, sometimes I can catch them before they break open if I treat them fast and aggressive enough. Not sure about giving the Lyseine to kids though, you would have to check with your Dr. I've gotten cold sores since I was 12 and just heard about lyseine 2 yrs ago, it cuts healing down by at least half.

The Zovirax cream helps some with the pain when you use it, but in between applications I use the neosporin with a numbing agent added. Its supposed to help prevent scarring, so that's an added benefit. Carmex is good for just keeping it from drying out. If mine ever get really sore, I know its beginning to get infected and I'll poor a little peroxide on it. This usually burns terribly, but always feels better after I've disinfected it a bit and they seem to heal faster when I do that at least once a day.

I hope you find something that works well for him, those things are so painful.


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Posted: 11/7/2012 9:28:42 PM

I have a horrible patch of cold sores that I have had since I was a child. They come out whenever I get sick and/or overly stressed. I have learned that if I take a large dose of lysine (amino acid found in the vitamin section) right when I feel the first "tingle," and keep taking it every couple hours, I can stop them from forming.

I am just getting over a patch now, and unfortunately they happened over night, so my first megadose was several hours too late, but I still stopped it in its tracks and it didn't get nearly as bad as I know it could.

I have also used Eucalyptus Oil on mine and it offers some relief. You'll have to update how he did with the Coconut oil.

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Posted: 11/7/2012 9:33:39 PM
Last time I had that "tingle" I was out of Zovirax and it was too late to go get Abreva. I used a Q-tip to apply rubbing alcohol on that area and it dried it right up before it blossomed into anything. Was awesome!


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Posted: 11/7/2012 10:14:19 PM
Is Lysine a prescription, or something OTC?

He's sleeping now, so we'll see how his lip looks in the morning. Initially I was concerned about a topical ointment, because I was afraid he'd ingest it. I had considered a bit of Neosporin with the pain relief along the lower edge. His lip is just so swollen, I don't think he'd swallow anything I put on there. He's not a complainer, mostly. However, if something burns, he won't let me come anywhere near him.

If it's something that he ends up getting frequently, he'll have to learn to identify the "tingly" feeling so we can address it sooner- but at 5, I'm just trying to keep it from spreading and him in as little pain as possible.

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Posted: 11/8/2012 1:13:49 AM

Is Lysine a prescription, or something OTC?

L-Lysine is an essential amino acid and is OTC but it won't cure cold sores.
As already posted cold sores are a herpes virus and once you get the virus, it never goes away.
Periodically when people are stressed, or sick or run down the virus will travel back up the nerve and cause a sore.
L-Lysine has been shown in some studies to prevent a new outbreak. However you need to take it regularly (like daily) in order for it to be effective. Taking it once you already have symptoms is too late and it will not make any difference at that stage. It also will not help at all with dry lips.
If this is his first one, putting him on a daily dose of l-lysine seems excessive. If he gets regularly in the future then it might be worthwhile (although the tablets can be pretty big)

I wouldn't put anything on the sore itself except a specific cold sore cream, but using other products on the lips around the sore won't do any harm...but I think there are many better specific lip products than coconut oil.


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Posted: 11/8/2012 1:14:19 AM
When my son was three, he started getting horrible cold sores. They would spread down his face to his chin. This went on for 5 years. Our pediatrician put him on several different medications, with no success. When we switched to a new dentist, he recommended the Lysine. It's an amino acid, and it is found in the vitamin section of your drug or grocery store. He took one talet every day for 3 months and never got another cold sore. It was like a miracle after suffering with them for so long. He's 26 now-and still cold sore free!


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Posted: 11/8/2012 1:21:46 AM
I didn't read the other posts thoroughly so I apologize if this is a repeat. I have gotten cold sores my whole life, really bad ones which sometimes took up nearly my whole chin! I have found what works best for me is just applying rubbing alcohol right away when I notice it coming on then just keep doing that until it turns to a scab. I believe they are only contagious until that point, but I don't have a source for that information so I could be wrong. Also, I have heard others have a lot of luck with essential oils. I could find out which ones if you are interested. :0)


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Posted: 11/8/2012 1:22:24 AM
I rarely get them but when I do, I eat Tums or Rolaids, to help clear it up quicker. It works, don't know why. For a small child I wouldn't do more than one or two a day.

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Posted: 11/8/2012 1:46:26 AM
I have always used Lysine and I've used it on my daughter and it has always worked. I crush it up into a powder for dd and she eats it off a spoon and washes it down with a glass of water.

Good luck, poor little fella.


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Posted: 11/8/2012 11:59:45 AM
No suggestions for cold sores but I use Eucerin original cream in the tub on my lips. A tiny bit goes a long way. It's not oily and I use it at night and first thing in the morning.

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